Building 201, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123-0022, Unites States
GPS: 37.848899804175, -122.52729660251
Visit Golden Gate San Francisco and discover the Golden Gate Recreation Area which is the most visited of the 419 national parks, historic sites and protected areas in the United States with more than 15 million visitors in 2018. Located in California, it includes more than 20 major sites of natural, historical or cultural interest. This large urban and coastal recreation area consists of a multitude of wild landscapes just a stone’s throw from the city of San Francisco. It includes an iconic and panoramic view Golden Gate Bridge.
The formation of the Golden Gate Recreation Area traces 200 years of American history. Chronologically, the area sees the ancestral culture of the Native American peoples, the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, the American expansion by European pioneers, the Mexican-American War, the evolution of American coastal fortifications and the rich heritage of San Francisco Bay. This natural area in California was officially protected in 1972 by a decision of the United States Congress. It is still the largest urban national park system in the country. Comprising 19 different ecosystems and more than 2,000 plant and animal species, the Golden Gate Recreation Area covers a total area of 324 km². This is two and a half times the size of the city of San Francisco, with a population of nearly one million.
There are many ways to visit Golden Gate San Francisco and discover the natural and cultural attractions of the Golden Gate Recreation Area: on horseback, by bicycle, on foot or by volunteering with the park rangers to actively participate in the protection of its natural resources. Visiting the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, the redwood forest at Muir Woods National Monument, the former military base of the Presidio of San Francisco California, the beaches of Marin Headlands and the network of seaside hiking trails are the most popular activities in the Golden Gate Recreation Area. Not to mention, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge panoramic view. This monument made of steel and concrete was erected over a period of four years. The work was carried out by the engineers Joseph Strauss and Charles Alton Ellis, who succeeded in linking the two shores of the Golden Gate Strait in 1937 over a distance of almost 2 kilometres allowing people to visit Golden Gate San Francisco.