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San Francisco

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San Francisco is a fast-paced city on the California coast in the second-most densely populated metropolis in America, but just minutes away, you can lose yourself in the wild solitude that is worlds away from the pulse of city life.

It is home to nearly a million people and is the anchor of the larger San Francisco Bay area where nearly 8 million people live.

It's one of the most culturally diverse and beautiful cities in America with a unique vibe all its own. But its geography also makes it one the top cities in the country for outdoor activities.

It is surrounded by protected lands, pristine shorelines and home to several of the nation's top urban parks. Located on the northern tip of the San Francisco peninsula is one of those parks, The Presidio.

The three-square-mile green space was originally established as a fort by Spain in 1776, where large gun batteries were built to protect the bay from a naval invasion. The Presidio was seized by the United States military in 1846 at the onset of the Mexican-American War and later served as an important American base to the Vietnam War.

Congress ended the military use of The Presidio in 1994 and made it part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The Presidio is also home to the hallowed grounds of the first U.S. national cemetery on the west coast. Many soldiers and sailors who gave their lives overseas in Pacific battles rest here overlooking San Francisco Bay.

Near the San Francisco side of the Golden Gate Bridge, The Presidio was the longest continually operated military base in the United States until its closure.

San Francisco's population exploded from 1,000 to over 25,000 during the California gold rush in 1849 and it's been growing ever since.

It's a city that has always thrived, rebuilding quickly after devastation of the 1806 earthquake and even staying afloat during the stock market crash in 1929, with not one of its banks failing.

But its location along the central California coast has meant that it's always been a port town, and today its shipping and ferry system is a big part of how the City by the Bay does business.

Hiking around the Bay area is big with plenty of places to choose from. Muir Woods National Monument north of San Francisco in Marin County is a narrow valley that protects 550 acres of old growth coastal redwood forest as a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

"You get in there and it's really kind of overwhelming," said guest hiker Julie. "I honestly got kind of emotional. You're looking at the size and hundreds of years, and just this feeling of being so lush and mossy."

After spending a couple of hours in the dense canopy of beautiful old growth forest, it's nice to pop out onto the Dipsea Trail for a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean below.

The views up there are amazing as the trail follows an open ridge line on the west basin slopes of the coastal hills. It doesn't take long to start heading down and the final drop to Stinson Beach is a steep one.

The popular tourist attractions of San Francisco like Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 are definitely worthy of a visit, but the bay area offers unique ways to try something different and experience the on a totally new level outdoors and away from the crowds.

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The Presidio and a Unique Way to See the City
The Presidio and a Unique Way to See the City
Located on the northern tip of the San Francisco peninsula is one of the nation's top urban parks, The Presidio.
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Segment 2
Hiking Muir Woods
Hiking Muir Woods
Muir Woods National Monument north of San Francisco in Marin County is a narrow valley that protects 550 acres of old growth coastal redwood forest as a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
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Segment 3
Ridgetop Down to the Sea
Ridgetop Down to the Sea
After spending a couple of hours in the dense canopy of beautiful old growth forest, Greg and guest hiker Julie pop out onto the Dipsea Trail for a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean below.
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Segment 4
Tips for Your Visit to San Francisco
Tips for Your Visit to San Francisco
The popular tourist attractions of San Francisco like Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 are definitely worthy of a visit, but the bay area offers unique ways to try something different and experience the on a totally new level outdoors and away from the crowds.
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