• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Plan Your Visit

View of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands
One of the most popular photographic views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge is from Battery Spencer in the Marin Headlands.
NPS / Kirke Wrench
Plan on spending at least a few hours in the park, exploring the scenic drives or particular points of interests. If time permits, longer hikes, participate in a Junior Ranger program, recreate in Golden Gate, or consider attending a ranger-led program to learn more about these special places. Guided walks and tours occur at various locations.

  • Check out Operating Hours & Seasons, to see which visitor center is open within the park.
  • Check out Fees & Passes to find out what park fees you should expect and where during your visit.
  • Check out Permit & Reservation if you are looking for weddings, picnics, filming, athletic events, festivals, photography, or even camping.
  • Check out what places you can Eat & Sleep in the park.
  • The parks is quite large, check out Things To Do for tips on how to experience Golden Gate.
  • Activities with Pets are limited.
  • For your Safety, find out more info about dangerous currents and surf before going into the water.
  • Check out our Calendar for information about upcoming events, programs, and fee free days at Muir Woods National Monument.
  • Find out how you can better plan for your visit if you have Accessibility needs.

Where is the Information that I Need?

Pre-trip planning is important. Most of the basic information you will need is available on this website. Below are a few quick-links to some of the more often sought information.

Please note, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is comprised of multiple areas that include, but are not limited to Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, Presidio of San Francisco, and the Marin Headlands. Additional information is available through the links above.

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