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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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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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Spectacular views

Expect incredible views. I was in awe with the scenery. Wonderful day exploring. Except to walk a lot! They need more bathrooms!!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Kathryn W
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, United States
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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, United States
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Expect incredible views. I was in awe with the scenery. Wonderful day exploring. Except to walk a lot! They need more bathrooms!!

Thank Kathryn W
Leon, Mexico
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This park has a little bit of everything, it you want to make a great day go to the park and visit the different options it has inside the Park, we really love it. En este parque encontraras un poco de todo, museos, jardines, areas arboladas, de verdad nos encantó

Thank Francisco R
Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

The area includes the bridge and the land on both ends. The visitor center/gift shop is fun to visit. My favorite place, besides walking the bridge, is the overlook on the Sausalito side. It is great place for seeing the entire area and taking photos. I enjoy seeing the ships go under the bridge and the sailboat races. Don't miss... More 

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 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 10 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 9 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 8 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.

Thank No1PilotsWife
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 

Thank Matt S
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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.

Thank kevin s

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