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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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Phone Number: +1 415-561-4700

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the nation's largest national park in...

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the nation's largest national park in an urban area, encompasses nearly 81,000 acres. Spanning Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties, Golden Gate National Recreation Area also includes areas such as Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, Presidio of San Francisco, and the Marin Headlands.

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Most complete view of SF, spectacular!

The views here are amazing, and the only place you can see the entire Golden Gate Bridge with the city as a backdrop. It's also free. It can get completely fogged in but peeks... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Riverside, California
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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The views here are amazing, and the only place you can see the entire Golden Gate Bridge with the city as a backdrop. It's also free. It can get completely fogged in but peeks through the fog are also great!

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

The GGNRA encompasses so much that it cannot be seen in one day. Some of the things to do are Muir Woods/Beach, Nike Missile sites, The Cliff House/Sutro Baths, Crissy Field, Fort Point, Point Bonita, Fort Mason, Stinson Beach, Point Bonita Lighthouse and Presidio. It is really up to you how much you want to see and do in this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

In the end this was the highlight of our trip. We took the scenic, one-way route on the coast all the way to the end. Took long walks at the edge of the cliffs, we even saw a herd of deers! The landscape is beautiful, interesting vegetation, the shrubs/bushes are colorful, everything so quiet and the views are out of... More 

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

once upon a time the people of San Francisco had little knowledge of what was the seaward of Highway 101 on the Marin Headlands. From the 1800’s it was a military reservation, it has now been turned into a recreational area. Entry into the area is via a one way tunnel that alternates 5 minutes in opposite directions. There is... More 

Thank Ray F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

If you're in San Fran, you must go see this iconic landmark! There are several places you can view the bridge...some higher elevation and then actually on the bridge. If you don't mind the wind and chill, you can walk across the bridge.

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Humble, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We stopped in on a Saturday afternoon, so peak time for crowds during the summer. I will say that even with that - we still easily found a place to park and wandered around the beautiful area to take some fantastic pictures of the Golden Gate bridge. I would also recommend driving around the park to see the Point Bonita... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

A must see in SF. Simply stunning sights, golden gate, Alcatraz, wharf areas, good food places nearby and best pictures.

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Blue Springs, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We walked around here for a while on a Sunday evening, and we weren't expecting much, but it was one of the highlights of our trip! Beautiful area!

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

I live in San Francisco but each time I leave the city and cross the Golden Gate Bridge, I always stop and drive up the hill to take a photo. You never know what type of photo you will get because it can be clear one minute, then the fog rolls in and your view is gone in a split... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

I had been to the bridge area a few times in the past and saw a couple of the military gun placement areas. BUT, today was the first time I have driven all the way through to Rodeo Beach. Those mountains North of the bridge are full of tunnels and gun placement areas....

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