Presidio of San Francisco is situated on a peninsula with the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
The area is well connected by transportation, and there are plenty of ways to see the area’s natural wonders. You can also participate in activities that allow you to get closer to nature, like the Presidio walking tours.
Stanley Olson Preserve
The first thing to see on your Presidio walking tour is the Stanley Olson Preserve.
Lush landscaped gardens and beautiful trees surround this area. The preserve is named after American botany and scientist, Stanford Olson who spent a lot of time looking at flowers, trees, and wildlife in this area.
Stanford Hillary Josephson Preserve
Another park in the area is Stanford Hillary Josephson Preserve. This park is less than a half-mile away from Stanford University.
It has beautiful flowerbeds and beautiful paths that you can follow to reach the university’s main entrance. A shuttle bus leaves every half an hour or so from the campus and will take you to the main entrance.
Presidio Botanic Garden
The Presidio Botanic Garden is the perfect place to get away from it all with a nice picnic and a book.
You can visit the Presidio Botanic Garden to get up close and personal with various plants, birds, and animals. Some of the different animals you will see at the Presidio Botanic Garden include various birds such as blue herons, owls, eagles, and ducks.
The wildflowers and plants can make a great place to sit and relax, while the trees can provide a beautiful view of the surrounding area. If you visit this place on a nice summer day, you will be able to take in the sights and sounds featured in the botanical garden.
Stanford Woods Preserve
There is another park in the area called Stanford Woods Preserve. This park features hiking trails, picnic areas, and beautiful flowerbeds. It is easy to access, which is why this park is ideal for hikers. You can walk right up to the dormitories of Stanford University.
Hiking in Presidio is easy because of the hiking trails. Most trails lead you to beautiful overlooks. Some of the trails lead to waterfalls, and some even to rock formations.
The landscape is quite unique, and there are some of the most spectacular views available anywhere in the country.
Animal lovers will enjoy walking through the Presidio Nature Trail. This trail is also very scenic, and there are a walking trail and a nature tour of the area.