It goes without saying that a visit to San Francisco is incomplete unless you visit the symbol of the city, the sunset-painted Golden Gate Bridge. Walk across, ride across, drive across, or just admire the suspension stunner. No matter how you do it, you'll be rewarded with dramatic views of the city, the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean, and the craggy cliffs of the Marin Headlands. Bring layers as fog can roll in at any time and wind gusts can be forceful and chilly.
Anchoring the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco, the Presidio is a large swath of National Park beloved by locals and crying out for exploration. Towering Monterey pines and eucalyptus trees preside over miles of hiking and biking trails. Baker Beach is the finest beach in the city due to its golden sands and its postcard-perfect view of the Golden Gate Bridge. For a relatively challenging, hilly, 18-hole course, try your luck at the tree-lined Presidio Golf Course (try not to slice too far!)
The recently opened Walt Disney Family Museum inhabits three buildings in the Presidio that are on the National Register of Historic Places. Chronicling Walt Disney's life through film, audio, video, and text, the museum provides a never-before-seen insight into one of the most influential popular culture figures of the 20th century. Enjoyable for kids and adults, check out the old sketches, Oscar statues, and Disney films which are screened daily in a 110-seat theater.
For the kids, or for the kid in you, House of Air is worth a visit. Located inside a historic airplane hangar, this indoor trampoline park hosts ridiculously fun activities like trampoline dodgeball and aerial training on trampolines. Family events, birthday parties, and other group happenings are popular here, especially on weekends, so book ahead.
If you're a sports fanatic and need to do some shopping, don't miss a trip to Sports Basement. This store has everything you need for any sport, including swimwear, sneakers, weights, snorkeling gear, bikes, ski and snowboarding gear, and apparel, all at competitive prices. The staff is extremely helpful and the store also hosts classes and events, like weekly running groups.
Lincoln Blvd & Hwy 1
Hwy. 101 N
An architectural icon capping off the San Francisco Bay... read more
At Central Magazine Road and Harrison Boulevard
104 Montgomery St., The Presidio of San Francisco
The Presidio of San Francisco
Honoring the Man Behind the Mouse... read more
Fort Point NHS Long Avenue and Presidio of San Francisco
Old Mason Street
off Marina Blvd.
3301 Lyon Street
Beautiful architecture, great views of the Golden Gate... read more