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What is The Presidio?

Pros: 1491 acres of National Historic Monument
Cons: Could take a lifetime to explore
Best For: History, nature, and a great place to live and/or work

Presidio San Francisco

What is the Presidio? The answer is complicated. It was a military post for 218 years, first occupied by the Spanish, then Mexico, and finally in 1846, the U.S. Today it's part of the Golden Gate Recreation Area, a workplace and a residential neighborhood. There are forests and 25 miles of hiking trails within its boundaries, including the Coastal Trail and Presidio Promenade at Crissy Field. Due to its 469 historically significant buildings, the Presidio was designated a National Historic Monument in 1962. Here you can play tennis, bowl, or enjoy a decadent cocktail at the Presidio Social Club.

With so much to explore it's best to check in at the Visitors Center and get acquainted with the possibilities. Do you want to know more about the historic Crissy Airfield, or visit Battery Chamberlain at Baker Beach? Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers by visiting Fort Point and then pay homage to them at their final resting place, the National Cemetery up on the hill. Maybe the indoor climbing walls at Planet Granite or the trampoline park inside the House of Air sound appealing on a rainy day. Occupying the Northwest quadrant of SF, the setting is spectacular and is a welcome relief from the bustle of downtown.

Noteworthy: Jerry Garcia served briefly in the Army and was stationed at the Presidio for nine months. During this time he went AWOL 8 times and was court-martialed twice.

The Presidio of San Francisco
Visitor Center/Officers Club
Building 50, Moraga Avenue near Arguello
Open Daily 9-5 with a great bookstore and knowledgeable staff for guidance
For more info including scheduled tours: 415.561.4323