The Presidio Promenade
Take a walk or ride your bike along the Presidio Promenade, a paved 2.1-mile trail that cuts through the northeast section of the national park. The easy pathway begins at the historical Lombard Gate – the traditional entrance to the Presidio, which has been restored to its 1896 look – and ends at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. Wind your way through woods filled with fragrant flowers, passing by the finest collection of military architecture in the country. The park’s 790 buildings range from ornate officers’ quarters to surprisingly elegant barracks, as well as air hangars and stables.
Also along the Promenade, take note of plaques commemorating legendary military events and people, including the brave African-American soldiers who, in 1866, were formed into four regiments known as the Buffalo Soldiers.
Take in historic locations like the San Francisco National Cemetery – the first cemetery for military veterans on the West Coast, and what may be the most beautifully scenic final resting place in the country.