Presidio: From Military Base to National Park

Neighborhood: Presidio


From Spain, to Mexico, to the United States — The Presidio has been home to more militaries than almost any other fortress in America. And for good reason: it’s a sprawling, fortified estate strategically located at the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula. During the Spanish-American War, it was where America’s troops were trained and shipped across the Pacific. A decade later, it would be an oasis for earthquake survivors, housing refugees and coordinating rescue efforts.

Lawmakers transformed the space into a National Park in 1996, and since then the Presidio has become one of the greatest (and greenest) places to explore in all of San Francisco. Join us on a walk through San Francisco’s panoramic, luscious park, with wooded areas and scenic views as far as the eye can see.

Next Tours

  • Saturday, October 3 at 1:00 pm given by Jocelyn Combs
  • Saturday, October 10 at 1:00 pm given by Kate Williams
  • Saturday, October 10 at 1:00 pm given by Tim Scheele
  • Saturday, October 24 at 1:00 pm given by Valerie Menager
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Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours

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Meet at the flagpole in Pershing Square across from the Officer’s Club which is at 50 Moraga Avenue, on the Main Post.  $PAY TO PARK.

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Please note: Private groups tours required for groups of 8 or more.