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Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA

View the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco's Presidio

From Native American home to Mexican frontier to U.S. military post, San Francisco’s Presidio has seen many changes throughout the centuries.

For the past 30 years, the land at the northwestern end of the city has been a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is under the care of the Presidio Trust, a federal agency charged with preserving the natural, cultural, scenic, and recreational resources of the Presidio.

Come to hike, bike, and explore—you can do everything from view art to eat from food trucks to live in the Presidio itself.

Don’t forget to check out another major San Francisco landmark while you’re there: the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most-photographed and iconic bridges in the world, which links San Francisco to Marin County over the mile-long Golden Gate strait. Rent a bike or walk across it for views over the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

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over 7 years ago

The Golden Gate Bridge

Who would have imagined that this place was a place of Military Campaigns! The highlight was seeing The Golden Gate Bridge and taking in the scenery. The re-use of the Presidio is a true treasure for the City of San Francisco! There is so much one can do! Hike, Bike, Walk, and Visit! Don't forget to check out Crissy Field Buildings of the past!
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almost 8 years ago

Explore the Presidio's Public Art

The Presidio of San Francisco, a former army post, is now a wonderful public park for all to enjoy. Put on your hiking shoes and find Andy Goldsworthy's two public sculptures, Spire and Wood Line. Spire was created using 37 felled Monterey cypress trees. The sculpture was constructed in 2008 near the Arguello Gate. It is comprised of 35 large cypress trunks, fastened meticulously together. At its zenith, Spire reaches more than 90 feet to the sky. Young trees growing at its base will slowly obscure the sculpture.
Wood Line is created with eucalyptus branches placed on the ground to form a sinuous line that, in Goldworthy's words, “draws the place.” The wood was sourced from various Presidio projects that required tree removal. Wood Line flows elegantly into the valley of the Tennessee Hollow Watershed. Recycling at its best!