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Two people admiring the view at the Golden Gate Overlook in the Presidio of San Francisco.

Golden Gate Overlook

This can’t-miss view features the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge framed between two Cypress trees


Golden Gate Region


Scenic Overlook


Nature & Sustainability, History

Top Amenities

Accessible Parking, Free Parking, Bike Parking, Golden Gate View, Muni Bus-accessible

This overlook offers a view of its namesake bridge like no other. 

Golden Gate Overlook is a curved concrete plaza that hugs the edge of the coastal bluffs, mimicking the design of the former military fortifications and artillery platforms that surround it.

Wooden benches invite you to pause to enjoy a unique viewpoint — both towers of the Golden Gate Bridge perfectly lined up between historic cypress trees. Or look down the hill for a view of native flora and winding footpaths below.

Getting to Golden Gate Overlook

Langdon Ct, San Francisco, CA 94129

Map of the Presidio

By Presidio GO Shuttle

Route: South Hills Route
Stop: 25th Avenue

By Public Transit

Muni Route: 28 19th Avenue

Stop: Golden Gate Br Tunnel/Merchant Rd


The closest parking area to Golden Gate Overlook is the Langdon Court parking lot off Lincoln Boulevard.

Why We Love Golden Gate Overlook

Golden Gate Overlook offers more than breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge views. It’s also an access point for the California Coastal Trail and Batteries to Bluffs Trail where you can see historic gun batteries that once defended San Francisco when the Presidio was an Army post.

Accessibility at Golden Gate Overlook

There are two parking spaces at the nearby Langdon Court parking lot for those with mobility limitations. A gravel path connects the parking lot to the paved overlook area.

Insider Tip

After stopping at the Golden Gate Overlook, you can see the bridge from a different angle at the nearby Pacific Overlook — another one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

A man watching the sunset at the Golden Gate Overlook. Photo by Scott Sawyer.Photo by Scott Sawyer.

Get to Know Golden Gate Overlook

This scenic vista point and its nearby cousin, the Pacific Overlook, were built in 2012 to honor the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. Golden Gate Overlook was made possible by a lead challenge match grant from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and matching funds from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the California State Coastal Conservancy.

Golden Gate Bridge Views

This overlook offers a unique perspective on the iconic bridge — with both bridge towers aligned between stately Cypress trees. You might even see happy couples posing for engagement and wedding photos here.

Trail Connections

Golden Gate Overlook is one of the best places to start a hike in San Francisco. Three major multi-use park trails converge here: the California Coastal Trail​, the Bay Area Ridge Trail and the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

A view of the Golden Gate Bridge and historic gun batteries near Golden Gate Overlook.

Historic Landmarks

To explore historic military sites with sweeping coastal views, take a walk downhill from the Golden Gate Overlook to the rugged Batteries to Bluffs Trail, which connects to Battery Godfrey, Battery Boutelle, Battery Marcus Miller, and Battery Cranston. Learn more about the history of the Presidio.

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Frequently Asked Questions 

If you’re looking for an unexpected angle on the iconic landmark, Golden Gate Overlook offers one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Yes, three trails converge at this Golden Gate Bridge overlook — the California Coastal Trail​, the Bay Area Ridge Trail and the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. The Batteries to Bluffs Trail is also a short downhill walk away.

The nearest restaurant to Golden Gate Overlook is the Round House Café. It’s about a 10-minute walk away, via the California Coastal Trail.

The nearest restroom to the Golden Gate Overlook are near the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center about a tenminute walk away.

Nature Notes 

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.

Revitalizing a Historic Forest

The mature Monterey Cypress trees that frame this overlook are part of the historic forest planted throughout the Presidio by the U.S. Army beginning in the 1880s. We’re preserving the forest as part of the National Historic Landmark while increasing its ecological value by planting native plant species beneath the trees.

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Photo of a cypress tree on the Presidio’s coastal bluffs. Photo by Scott Sawyer.Photo by Scott Sawyer.

Park Itineraries

Need help planning your day at the Presidio? We’ve put together some itinerary ideas for things to see and do in the park. Whether you’re planning to spend a few hours or an entire day, there’s a lot to experience at the Presidio. 

We’re Here to Help

Have a question about the park? Want help planning your next visit? We’ve got you covered.

Representatives from the National Park Service, Parks Conservancy, and Presidio Trust standing in front of the Presidio Visitor Center