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Tour code: 6032PRESIDIO
Explore San Francisco’s historic park and former military post on this 2.5- to 3-hour Presidio hiking tour. Led by an expert guide, you’ll see the Palace of Fine Arts from Inspiration Point, the Presidio Chapel and the San Francisco National Cemetery. Inhale the scents of eucalyptus, cypress and pine as you wander through Lover’s Lane and the Ecology Trail and spot views of Alcatraz. Your guide will provide historical commentary about the area as you enjoy the scenery and fresh air of the outdoors.  


  • 2.5 to 3-hour urban hike through the Presidio of San Francisco
  • Wander through towering pine, cypress and eucalyptus forests on a moderate 5-mile hiking tour
  • Visit this historic landmark’s must-see sights including San Francisco National Cemetery, Lover’s Lane and Presidio Chapel
  • Soak up sweeping view of San Francisco Bay from Inspiration Point and the Lyon Street Steps
  • Learn about the park’s fascinating history from your expert guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The Presidio is a must-see not only for its natural beauty and fantastic views but for its unique role in San Francisco's history. Instead of just driving through it, strap on your hiking boots and explore every nook and cranny this amazing place has to offer.

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Urban Hike: The Presidio

Explore the many groves of cypress and eucalyptus trees of the Presidio

Your morning or afternoon tour starts at the bottom of the Lyon Street Steps on the cusp of San Francisco’s Pacific Heights district. Get ready for a moderate workout on this 3-hour hiking tour (don’t worry, the views are well worth it).

Following your guide, hike up the stairs and pause at the top to soak up sweeping views of the city spilling into San Francisco Bay. The domed Palace of Fine Arts punctuates this awesome vista.

You'll enter into the southeast corner of the Presidio, a massive park and former Spanish and American military base that’s now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. You’ll feel as if you’ve entered another world as you leave the urban hustle and bustle behind and begin hiking through a dense forest.

Take a stroll down Lover’s Lane, one of the oldest foot trails in the Presidio, nicknamed for the site where soldiers visited their sweethearts in the 1860s. Pass through the Tennessee Hollow Watershed, a historic eucalyptus forest and a grove of newly planted trees that merges into the Pacific Heights neighborhood, home to some of San Francisco's most magnificent homes.

Above Tennessee Hollow you’ll find Inspiration Point, a spectacular vantage point with fantastic views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Palace of the Fine Arts, rare serpentine grasslands and eucalyptus canopies.

Near here, your guide will point out a piece of natural art created by Andy Goldsworthy, famous around the world for interpreting the subtle shifts of place and time. Wood Line is a series of horizontal cypress trees snaking elegantly into the valley of the Tennessee Hollow Watershed.

In the northern center of the Presidio on a slope overlooking the bay lies San Francisco National Cemetery, a beautiful final resting place of more than 30,000 Americans including military veterans and their families. Explore this historic cemetery and hear stories from your guide about its interesting history and legends.

Continuing on another trail, your guide will point out another one of Andy Goldsworthy’s works. Spire, located on the Bay Area Ridge Trail near the Arguello Gate, is a sculpture comprised of 35 large cypress trunks fastened together, whose zenith reaches more than 90 feet (27 meters) into the sky.

Following Ecology Trail, journey through the Presidio’s largest redwood grove, and then visit Presidio Chapel, with it's beautiful stained-glass windows, Spanish Mission Revival architecture and spectacular views of the Bay.

Emerging out of the forest, your urban hike ends back at the Lyon Street Steps.

Customer Reviews

Catherine C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

We had a great time! Our guide, Alex, was wonderful and so helpful. She not only shared all her knowledge of the Presidio but also helped us discover the best ways to get around San Francisco and a great Thai place for dinner that evening! I highly recommend this unique way to explore a beautiful part of San Francisco.

Ma A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Great tour. The guide was engaging and quite pleasant. The trail was slightly challenging and very scenic. Overall it was a very lovely day and yes, I would do it again

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