Family Hiking

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

What To Do in San Francisco

Golden Gate National Recreation Area is a collection of parks and land that stretches from northern San Mateo County through southern Marin County and is one of the most visited places in the U.S. National Park system.

Put on your running shoes and take some time to explore some of the many trails where you'll be among beautiful wildflowers, lush flora, and unique animals. Routes are available for anything from a leisurely afternoon stroll to a strenous hike. Make time in the evening to come out and watch the sunset over the bay.

Opportunities also abound to explore the history of the area while in the parks. Get familiar with historic structures like former military gun batteries. For something more adventurous, many people take advantage of the prime conditions for kite boarding and other extreme sports.

Whether it's a horseback ride, camping weekend or short jaunt with the dog, the area is easy to access from The Metro Hotel and begins right on the other side of Golden Gate Bridge.

Driving Directions (about 30 minutes):
From Metro Hotel drive west on Page Street around the block and turn right at Broderick Street, after two blocks turn left onto Fell Street, after .7 miles at the park turn right onto Stanyan Street, at the corner turn left onto Fulton Street, after .9 miles turn right on Park Presidio Blvd, after 2.3 miles take the ramp onto US 101 North, cross the Golden Gate Bridge. The parks of Golden Gate Recreation Area span over 125 square miles and begin right on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge; check out for more information on where to go.

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