- By Kevin
- On Jun 27, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Take a hike in Crissy Field around San Francisco must be a good choose there.
As with much of San Francisco's Presidio, Crissy Field used to be an Army airstrip. Now, the 4.3-mile waterfront promenade is homebase for Marina residents (and their dogs) to toss a frisbee, play in the sandy dunes and have a picnic with an iconic view of the Golden Gate Bridge. It can be a bit breezy but that just means that wind and kite surfers are likely on the water for your entertainment. If you're feeling cold, make a pit stop at the Warming Hut for organic soups and sandwiches and only-in-San-Francisco books, games and souvenirs.
Formerly an army airstrip, Crissy Field is now a restored salt marsh and recreation area, with a 4.3 mile waterfront promenade that wanders through grassy fields, past sheltered beaches, windsurfers and picnic areas. Start at the informative Crissy Field Center for some background history, then follow the bayfront path past the Farallones Marine Sanctuary center to Torpedo Wharf for an Instagram-worthy photo of the bridge. The trail ends at Fort Point—a fortification built during the Civil War to defend against a battle that never happened and the location of a pivotal scene In Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge also right for the lovers
The world's most photographed bridge, the Golden Gate is one of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the World, and its 746-foot red-orange towers never fail to thrill—even when they're peeking out through a shroud of white fog. From the east side walkway, you can take in the soaring 4,200-foot spanner, the city skyline, Marin Headlands and the Pacific Ocean stretching to the horizon. East sidewalk hours are 5am–6:30pm (5am–9pm during Daylight Saving Time).
Those on two wheels can access the bridge 24 hours a day through a security gate from both the west and east sidewalks. Hours vary for east/west sides; check goldengatebridge.org/bikesbridge/bikes.php for schedule. Whichever route you choose, be sure to wear layers: Even if it's sunny in your neck of the woods, the bridge can be sub-arctic.