Explore a national park site with Golden Gate Bridge vistas at the Presidio of San Francisco, a 1,500-acre open space full of rich history and natural wonders. While its outdoor spaces remained open for local recreation during the pandemic, the Presidio’s restaurants, museums, and indoor recreation spaces were long closed due to COVID-19. But with the Bay Area now fully open, you can enjoy meals at Sessions at the Presidio or Warming Hut Cafe, get a therapeutic treatment at SenSpa, go rock climbing at Planet Granite, bowl a game at Presidio Bowl, or enjoy the Walt Disney Family Museum’s special exhibit on World War II.
Our favorite way to see the Presidio is still outdoors on its trails, and the Batteries to Bluffs Trail pictured here is a quintessential Bay Area hike. Plus, there’s no charge to enter the Presidio or park along the shoulder of Lincoln Boulevard where the trail begins. From the start, take in sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Bridge from the park’s western shoreline. Then continue past old concrete batteries that once housed cannons used for U.S. coastal defense. Descend wooden staircases past native plants and bluffs to tranquil Marshall’s Beach, or skip the stairs and appreciate the bridge from on high. At 1.7 miles roundtrip, it’s an ideal amble to take in this majestic wonder.