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Visit Presidio Tunnel Tops park in San Francisco

San Francisco’s Presidio was already a fantastic place to hang out for the afternoon, a beautiful site within the largest urban national park in the United States (the Golden Gate National Recreation Area). And the new Presidio Tunnel Tops is like a cherry on top. Tunnel Tops is just as it sounds: a park on top of tunnels! Presidio Parkway tunnels to be precise.

It’s a beautifully laid-out park designed for the community, with picnic tables and benches, reservable barbecue pits, expansive lawns, lush gardens, and playgrounds for kids. There's also the beautifully curated and informative Presidio Visitor Center.

And that view?! Pure San Francisco gold … as in the Golden Gate Bridge and the bay.

The short and easy Cliff Walk is a great way to see the park. Take a seat on one of the comfy giant benches carved from Presidio trees. And if that chilly summer weather rolls in, don’t worry! There’s a gas firepit carved into big boulders where you can warm up while admiring those marvelous bay views.

BONUS: Time your visit for a Presidio Pop Up Food + Beverage. Pick up some delicious eats from a selection of food trucks parked along the Main Parade Lawn.

CAMPFIRE TALKS: Drop in for a complimentary 30 minute campfire talk at Tunnel Tops' Campfire Circle, every Friday to Sunday at 4:00 p.m. National Park Service rangers share stories of people who have been an important and vital part of the Presidio's story, including Buffalo Soldiers, indigenous history, and Japanese Americans interned during World War II.

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