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Presidio Military Reservation

This former military base is packed with panoramic views, history and culture and is surrounded by attractive open spaces.

Presidio Military Reservation has a special place in San Francisco and American history, as the Spanish originally set up camp in the area back in 1776, followed for a brief spell by the Mexicans. Of course, Presidio’s use has long since changed but it’s still the United States’ longest running military base, today having acquired National Historical Landmark District status. But its heritage explains its Hispanic name.

Today, this vast site covers over 600 hectares and boasts a world-class championship golf course, a cemetery, hiking trails and the Letterman Digital Arts Center. The latter is one of the film-making campuses of Star Wars director George Lucas’ company. Presidio Military Reservation is set in beautiful grounds with evergreen pines lining the vast space. No matter where you are, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge will always be visible on the skyline.

For a beach stroll, head to Baker Beach. This rugged and beautiful beach can be found to the west of the main reservation. Presidio also has over 40 kilometres of hiking trails that meander through some of California’s most attractive coastline, perfect for a walk for all fitness levels.

Crissy Field is another popular haunt with visitors, cyclists, joggers and rollerbladers in particular. Located adjacent to Golden Gate Bridge, this sandy expanse of restored marshland provides an ideal place for visitors to relax and enjoy a picnic.

Presidio isn’t just about relaxation though. If you need a little intellectual stimulus, the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Battery Chamberlain and the Crissy Fields Center are crammed with interesting information and exhibits, and are suitable for all visitors, regardless of age and attention span!

Finally, on a more sombre note, visit the San Francisco National Cemetery, the final resting place of more than 30,000 American military veterans and their families.

This only scratches the surface of Presidio’s attractions. Located immediately adjacent to the south of the Golden Gate Bridge, there are buses and a shuttle services that serve the park.


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Lodging Near Presidio of San Francisco

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Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
    3.5 out of 5.0
     
     

    Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Van Ness Avenue and The Regency Ballroom. San Francisco City Hall and Orpheum Theater ...

    Holiday Inn Golden GatewayAU$232

    InterContinental San Francisco

    InterContinental San Francisco

    888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA
      4.5 out of 5.0
       
       
      5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

      Located in Downtown San Francisco, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Westfield ...

      InterContinental San FranciscoAU$189

      Infinity Hotel SF, Ascend Hotel Collection

      Infinity Hotel SF, Ascend Hotel Collection

      2322 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
        2.5 out of 5.0
         
         
        5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

        Located in Marina District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Union Street and Palace of Fine Arts. Van Ness Avenue and Fort Mason are also within 1 mile ...

        Infinity Hotel SF, Ascend Hotel CollectionAU$148

        Inn at Golden Gate

        Inn at Golden Gate

        2707 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
          2.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          2.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

          Located in Marina District, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Walt Disney Family Museum, Presidio of San Francisco and Ghirardelli Square. Golden Gate Park ...

          Inn at Golden GateAU$183

          Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

          Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

          444 Presidio Ave, San Francisco, CA
            3.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

            Located in Western Addition, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and University of San Francisco. Palace of Fine Arts and ...

            Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique HotelAU$297

            Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco

            Travelodge by Wyndham Presidio San Francisco

            2755 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
              2.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Marina District, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Union Street, Palace of Fine Arts and Walt Disney Family Museum. Presidio of San Francisco ...

              Marina Motel

              Marina Motel

              2576 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA
                2.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Marina District, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Union Street, Palace of Fine Arts and Walt Disney Family Museum. Van Ness Avenue and Fort Mason ...

                Marina MotelAU$149

                Geary Parkway Motel

                Geary Parkway Motel

                4750 Geary Blvd, Richmond District, San Francisco, CA
                  2.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Richmond District, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park and California Academy of Sciences. University ...

                  Geary Parkway MotelAU$140

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