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So Much More Than A Park

The Presidio is a large park in the Northern tip of the city with tons of winding roads, viewpoints, hiking trails, beaches, and old military barracks. The Presidio is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, but it dates all the way back to 1776 when it served an active military base. Juan Bautista de Anza of "New Spain" originally created the military base and over time it fell into the hands of the United States. It wasn't until 1994, after playing a large role in many US wars, was the Presidio finally handed over to the National Parks Service and rendered inactive as a military base. Crissy Field and Fort Point are both extensions of the Presidio and also used to be active military establishments but are now public parks and historic landmarks. Enjoy the great view spots, the plentiful eucalyptus trees, the famous Baker Beach, Fort Point, and tons of other great historic and natural attractions that the Presidio has to offer. Also check out the Lucas films headquarters, The Walt Disney Museum, and the hypothetical location of Star Trek's Starfleet Headquarters, all located within the Presidio.

Utrip Tips

*You might want to leave the kids at the hotel if you are heading to Baker Beach because this popular spot is actually largely a nudist beach.

*Also keep an eye out for little green parrots that call the Presidio home.

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