Connecting the Marina district to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Golden Gate Promenade is the northern part of the regional Bay Trail. It stretches along the San Francisco Bay shoreline, so it’s a guaranteed stunner. You’ll have front-row views of the city skyline, the Marin Headlands, and of course, that famous bridge.
People of all ages and interests love this trail for its experience of the Presidio’s Crissy Field, a former Army-airfield-turned-recreation-paradise where there are endless opportunities for play and relaxation. Stop along the way to enjoy Crissy Marsh, the reclaimed tidal wetland that’s a recommended destination for birders. If you have kids, play in the sand at the beaches on either end of the trail. And if you have time and energy, pop in to visit one of the recreational organizations located in the historic buildings just south of Mason Street.
Helpful hint: Bring your lunch…you’ll find areas for picnicking at East Beach and the West Bluff. Food and restrooms are also available at the Beach Hut Café and the Warming Hut.