Presidio, San Francisco, CA, USA
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The PresidioFor more than 200 years, the Presidio of San Francisco was one of the most important military posts on the West Coast. Now it's 1,491 acres of prime real estate, sporting amazing views and so much to do that you could easily spend a weekend and not see it all. Miles of walking trails lead through groves of eucalyptus trees and along coastal cliffs. There are restaurants, a bowling alley, and a gorgeous golf course that was an officers-only locale. Four significant works from renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy are on view, including his beloved Spire and Wood Line installations. Kids love the Walt Disney Family Museum as well as summer Sundays, when the Presidio Picnic by Off the Grid and the Presidio Trust unfurls on the Main Post lawn, with food trucks, entertainment, and activities for children. A variety of National Park Service–led tours can be arranged, and a visitor center features state-of-the-art interactive exhibits about the park's past and present significance.