This 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 towering trees in Muir Woods. Walk on the beach at the Marin Headlands. Scan the horizon from the 150-year-old Point Bonita Lighthouse. Tour half a dozen operational and shuttered military facilities, including an active missile site. Hike miles of trails and enjoy unforgettable ocean views.
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