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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, or Golden Gate Park as it’s known to some, is a huge preserve right outside the bounds of San Francisco. It is well preserved and well respected by city planners and conservationists all over the world for its progress in the fight to maintain land and control urban environments.

Since San Francisco lies right on the mighty Pacific, it is not hard to imagine a time when this coastal region boasted some of the most interesting natural attractions in the world. Of course, with the expansion of cities, much of the habitat was laid to waste. Deciding their town could do without significant urban expansion beyond the golden gate bridge, much of the land on the other side is protected and flourishes minutes from the city.

Alcatraz Island, various river valleys, beaches, open fields, and historic sites are all dotted around the grounds at Golden Gate Park. The hundreds of attractions throughout the 74,000-acre plot see millions of visitors annually, and for good reason. Luckily, the park is never really overcrowded or cramped.

Golden Gate Park has a variety of options for anyone seeking outdoor recreation in California. From a calm escape to challenging hikes and climbs, you have plenty of options.