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Presidio of San Francisco
place in California listed on National Register of Historic Places
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Presidio of San Francisco
place in California listed on National Register of Historic Places
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215 Lincoln Boulevard
San Francisco, California
United States

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The Presidio is a whimsical place to talk about life, gaze at the Golden Gate Bridge and appreciate trees and dirt and stuff.

The previous military base is now a huge park, complete with trails and grassy lawns that are perfect for picnics. The grounds are also home to three Andy Goldsworthy sculptures, Wood Line, Tree Fall, and Earth Wall, each of which you can see for free! They incorporate materials that can be found in the park and add to the already beautiful landscape.

The park was named a California Historic Landmark in 1933 and a National Historic Landmark in 1962. It was also the base of the Starfleet Command from Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. So all you Trekkies can appreciate some art while you express your fandom in the Presidio. Other interesting things to visit in the park are the green earthquake cottages where people lived after the earthquake of 1906, the Letterman Digital Arts Center that used to be a military hospital and of course, don’t forget to wander through Lover’s Lane.

After all of this exploring you can dine on the patio of the oh-so-hip Presidio Social Club. Enjoy the truffle fries and Gruyere cheese toast (NOM). Overall, it's a beautiful place full of stunning views and Kodak moments, just waiting for you to make some memories and blow up your Instagram.

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Presidio of San Francisco

The Presidio of San Francisco (originally, El Presidio Real de San Francisco or The Royal Fortress of Saint Francis) is a park and former U.S. Army military fort on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula in San Francisco, California, and is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

It had been a fortified location since September 17, 1776, when New Spain established the presidio to gain a foothold in Alta California and the San Francisco Bay. It passed to Mexico, which in turn passed it to the United States in 1848. As part of a 1989 military reduction program under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, Congress voted to end the Presidio's status as an active military installation of the U.S. Army. On October 1, 1994, it was transferred to the National Park Service, ending 219 years of military use and beginning its next phase of mixed commercial and public use.

In 1996, the United States Congress created the Presidio Trust to oversee and manage the interior 80% of the park's lands, with the National Park Service managing the coastal 20%. In a first-of-its-kind structure, Congress mandated that the Presidio Trust make the Presidio financially self-sufficient by 2013. The Presidio achieved the goal in 2005, eight years ahead of the scheduled deadline.

The park is characterized by many wooded areas, hills, and scenic vistas overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, and the Pacific Ocean. It was recognized as a California Historical Landmark in 1933 and as a National Historic Landmark in 1962.

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