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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.

Highlights

  • 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

In the city's Pacific Heights neighborhood, find the bottom of the Lyon Street steps, where you'll meet your guide and hiking group. Embark on a 3-hour moderate hiking tour with great views of the city.

Climb the steps and pause at the top to catch your breath and enjoy sweeping views of the Marina district, the Palace of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Bay. 

Enter the Presidio, a former American and Spanish military base that is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Leave the crowded neighborhoods and urban bustle behind as you hike into this massive expanse of greenery and dense forest. 

Walk down Lover's Lane, so-named because it was a popular spot for soldiers to meet their sweethearts during the 19th century. Walk through the Tennessee Hollow Watershed, filled with old-growth eucalyptus trees, to Inspiration Point. Stop for photo ops and great views of Angel Island, Alcatraz and the Marin Headlands. View an art installation by Andy Goldsworthy, a series of horizontal cypress trees snaking into the watershed called Wood Line. Further along the hike, you'll see another one of Goldsworthy's works, called Spire.

Stop by the Presidio Cemetery, the final resting place of more than 30,000 Americans, including many military veterans. Learn about the history and legends of this cemetery through your guide's commentary. 

Finally, follow the Ecology Trail through the large redwood grove and visit the Spanish Mission Revival Presidio Chapel. 

After 3 hours, your tour 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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