The Presidio of San Francisco

December 15, 2017
Category: Things To Do In San Francisco

Sprawling over 1,500 acres of lush greenery, wildlife expanse, and breath-taking views, The Presidio is the most iconic and popular national park in San Francisco. The Park allows you to feast your eyes on stunning vistas, adventure-packed nature exploration and a rich history that takes you back to the day when Presidio served as the premier Army Post of the West Coast.

It is the perfect destination to capture some of the most glorious views of the Golden Gate Bridge, hike an exciting network of trails stretching over 24 miles, and of course, soak in some art at the indoor art exhibitions at San Francisco’s oldest museums and culture center. It is one of the most affordable destinations for an action-packed day with friends, family, and partners.

About The Presidio

The Presidio’s rich history regales us with stories its native Ohlone inhabitants, along with several landmarks that indicate the arrival of the Spanish in 1776. The Presidio then saw the rule of the Mexicans, before the US Army acquired it in 1846. For more than 148 years, it was an instrumental military post, and in 1962, it was finally regarded as a National Historic Landmark.

The history, scenic beauty and rich culture of The Presidio are bound to captivate your eyes and soul, and you get to enjoy an abundance of opportunities to explore architectural designs sprawling over centuries. Hike through a spectacularly stunning landscape of forests, breath-taking vistas, beaches, national cemetery and a historic airfield. You can regale yourself with stories of the native inhabitants, and the people that occupied The Presidio over the years by exploring their artifacts, military objects, and structures.

The Presidio offers a unique climate and a rich natural history that signifies the beauty of diversity. It boasts an incredibly unique and rare ecosystem with its rich density of rare plants and bird species. Each plant species seems to have created its own unique community, and one can explore various rare and endangered plants thriving on the climate provided by Presidio.

You can spot wildflowers, and even the endangered roots of the Presidio Clarkia, also known as the Clarkia Franciscana. The Presidio is also the perfect place to indulge in bird watching as it is home to over 200 rare species of exotic birds.

The Presidio is also home to one of the best golf courses in The City, eponymously named The Presidio Golf Course.

Stay at the Van Ness Inn

The Van Ness Inn welcomes you to experience budget accommodations just minutes from The Presidio. Our budget S.F. hotel gives you easy access to many of the popular tourist spots and major San Francisco attractions.

The rooms at Van Ness Inn are fully equipped with modern amenities, including plush bedding, microwave, cable TV, Internet access and complimentary continental breakfast, to ensure your comfort. You can visit many nearby attractions on foot such as the Boudin Bakery Museum, Café Des Amis, The Brixton, Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, and the Ghirardelli Square.

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