Golden Gate National Recreation Area encompasses more than two dozen natural, historic and cultural sites in and around the city of San Francisco.
Experience the isolation of Alcatraz, America’s first “supermax” prison. Stroll beneath the towering trees in Muir Woods. Walk on the beach at the Marin Headlands. Tour half a dozen operational and shuttered military facilities, including the still-active NIKE Missile Site. Hike miles of trails, and enjoy unforgettable ocean views. Scan the horizon from the 150-year-old Point Bonita Lighthouse.
More than 200 years of history are waiting to be explored in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Whether you’re interested in American Indian culture, the expansion of the Spanish Empire, the California Gold Rush or the evolving presence of the U.S. military in the Bay Area, you’ll find plenty to see and do.