Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin County

(4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
With trails for hiking, bike riding, and horseback riding and beaches for swimming and other water sports, Golden Gate National Recreation Area serves up plenty of outdoor activities. The park covers 32,376 hectares (80,002 acres), featuring diverse landscapes and more than 1,200 plant and animal species. Wander through stands of giant redwoods, check out old military fortifications, and visit historical sites. Work out when and for how long to visit Golden Gate National Recreation Area and other Sausalito attractions using our handy Sausalito family vacation planner.
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  • The area includes the bridge and the land on both ends. The visitor center/gift shop is fun to visit. My favorite place, besides walking the bridge, is the overlook on the Sausalito side. It is great ...  more »
  • National Recreation Park, near the Golden Gate, the infrastructure and the Valley beautiful landscapes.
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  • It has many well-signposted trails for many tours. If they have only one day, I suggest looking for the path of the Ninja Loop, 25kms uniting 7 trails and through much of the Park. Essential hat, Sun protection, hydration and food, because you will not find a single shadow. Every now and then there are parking lots with public baths. It deserves to go several days to explore in detail each sector.
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  • This is the perfect place to take your dog! Off-leash and a beach nearby. My friend took me here with his dog and found a weird parking at the bottom near an intersection. It looked like an unfinished road so only about 4 cars could park there. We walked up the hill and found ourselves at the top of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Very beautiful. Highly recommended. Bring your camera, perfect place to take pictures as well!
  • Beautiful park, beautiful shoreline, ocean. I don't know how this bit of the world next to city managed to be protected but it is a great thing. Plenty of great hikes, views, activities. Please do not go to the incredibly lame lookout just off of Hwy 101 immediately North of the bridge. Full of tourists who line up to circle around that crowded spot. Plenty of other great lookouts not right in the way of everyone else.
  • Clearly one of the most beautiful places in the world. You have the Golden Gate bridge as part of it plus the areas just north and south of the bridge. Starting in the North you have the natural beauty of the Muir Woods Monument and the Marin Headlands. Heading south you have the Golden Gate Bridge, The Presidio, Crissy Field, and Land's End and more. Even Alcatraz is a part of it!! You have to go to the website to truly understand how massive it is. Amazing!!
  • Gorgeous views! Fine dining at The Cliff House overlooking the mighty Pacific and her majestic CLIFFS... sunset was breathtaking! A must see place while in SanFrancisco!!
  • This is one of my family's favorite places to go and where we always take out of towers who come to visit. The views, the trails, both common and less known... we haven't even scratched the surface with all the trails. Amazing California beauty. Makes me feel fortunate to live in Northern California when we go here.