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Nov 22, 2019

Presidio's Greatest Lists: Six Great Places to Capture Your Holiday Photo

Here are great Presidio places with jaw-droppingly beautiful backdrops.


It’s not too late to capture your perfect holiday card photo. Here are six great Presidio places with jaw-droppingly beautiful backdrops.

1. Andy Goldsworthy’s Wood Line

A couple kids in rainwear walking on Wood Line between tall trees

Did you know the Presidio is home to four works by Andy Goldsworthy, one of the world’s most renowned artists? Wood Line is a favorite, and it’s located in a eucalyptus grove steps away from Lovers’ Lane. This is a great spot to bring the kids, and it’s a popular setting for wedding portraits. It’s also one of the prettiest settings in the park and a lovely spot for a holiday photo. 

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2. Batteries to Bluffs

Visitors on trail and taking a photo into the bay. Golden Gate Bridge is seen in the background.

If you’re looking for a setting with views of the Pacific Ocean, the Marin Headland, and the Golden Gate Bridge, look no farther than the Batteries to Bluffs Trail. It’s set above Baker Beach and surrounded by rugged coastal bluffs – it’s a great spot for a sunset portrait. 

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3. Inspiration Point Overlook

A bicyclist and runner looks outward at Inspiration Point Overlook

At Inspiration Point Overlook, you’ll find panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay – including Alcatraz and Angel Island. With the Presidio forest in the background, the view is truly inspirational. 

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4. Crissy Field Overlook

View of Crissy Field lawn, buildings, bay, and San Francisco city skyline.

Where can you get a glimpse of the Presidio’s northern waterfront, Alcatraz, the San Francisco skyline, and even the Bay Bridge? A snap from Crissy Field Overlook provides a setting that features some of San Francisco’s most iconic places. 

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5. Presidio Officers’ Club

Fireplace in Moraga Hall lounge area decorated with garland

Nothing says “home for the holidays” like a roaring fire. You can find one inside the Presidio’s most historic structure, the Officers’ Club. Its Moraga Ballroom (pictured above) will soon be all dressed up with seasonal garlands – it’s a wonderful place to capture the spirit of the holidays. Open Saturdays during museum hours. 

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6. Fort Point

Woman taking a photo underneath the Fort Point

It’s true – you won’t be the first to capture Fort Point’s stunning architecture (Alfred Hitchcock filmed parts of Vertigo here), but this is one of the most easily recognizable spots in the park. If you’re a fan of history, architecture, and phenomenal views, this is a great setting to capture the perfect family photo. 

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Man and elderly woman taking a selfie on the Presidio Tunnel Tops with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

The park’s newest destinations – Presidio Tunnel Tops (pictured) and Battery Bluff park – offer some of the most iconic views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Pack a picnic, enjoy a local food truck at Presidio Pop Up, or take the kids to the Outpost Playground and Field Station to make it a full day of fun filled memories. 

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