This coastal area is home to sandy shores, rugged trails, historic sites, and the iconic Golden Gate
Golden Gate Region
History, Nature & Sustainability, Recreation
Accessible Parking, Accessible Restrooms, Wheelchair-accessible Picnic Tables, Picnic Tables, Paid Parking
Explore the scenic entrance to San Francisco Bay and get up close to San Francisco’s most beloved icon, the Golden Gate Bridge. Start your adventure at the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center and then hit the California Coastal Trail. Find breathtaking vistas at the Golden Gate Overlook, where you can connect to the Batteries to Bluffs Trail.
Route: South Hills
Muni Route: 28 19th Avenue
Muni Route: 29 Sunset
Golden Gate Transit: Multiple Routes
There is a paid parking area next to the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center. On weekends and holidays, you can use the additional paid parking area along Merchant Road next to Fort Winfield Scott. At the south end of the Golden Gate region, there are two Baker Beach parking lots that are free to use.
The Presidio’s western coast offers views, views, and more views. Take the perfect photo of the Golden Gate Bridge from one of the nearby overlooks or spend the day relaxing on the beach and exploring the rugged coastal trails. You can also explore how the Presidio served as “defender of the gate” across the decades, from the cannon at Fort Point National Historic Site to the historic gun batteries on the Batteries to Bluffs Trail.
If you’re visiting the Golden Gate Bridge on a cold or rainy day, stop by the Round House Café. Through the windows of this circular art deco building, enjoy dramatic views of the bridge while staying warm and sipping coffee or hot chocolate.
If you’re looking for Golden Gate Bridge views, this region of the park delivers.
It’s our goal to make sure people can enjoy the Presidio’s natural beauty for generations to come. We work to protect native plants and animals while reducing our impact on the environment.
Look to the sky for Red-tailed Hawks, Turkey Vultures, and Harlequin Ducks. In the summer, see native dune plants and wildflowers come alive with color.