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National Parks and Historical Sites You Can Go to in the Bay Area


San Francisco is not only home to many beautiful tourist destinations and fun activities. It is also lucky enough to have a number of national parks and historical sites located across the city. Some are just nearby and others are outside the city limit, but still worth the visit. Here are some of the National Parks and Historical Sites that you can check out when in San Francisco.
 
1.Fort Point National Historic Site 
   Long Ave & Marine Dr, San Francisco, CA

A visit to San Francisco is not complete without touring or just getting a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge. However, if you are already in the area, Front Point is a must-visit as well. Located just beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, people go here and challenge themselves to reach the top of the Fort Point and finally finding themselves beneath the famous bridge. From the top, the views of the ocean, the city and the bridge are worth the try. More than the views, people visit the place to see the original military equipment like canons, civil war artifacts that are found inside the exhibit of the Fort Point. 
 
Know-before-you-go
 
a. Visit early in the morning, people flock the place for its views.
b. Wear layers of clothes because it can get windy at any time of the day.
c. Lots of parking.
d. Free entrance 
 
 2. Muir Woods National Monument 
     1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA

For people who love nature, Muir Woods National Monument should not be missed. The old great Redwoods continue to delight the visitors whenever they visit the place. There is a high sense of calmness whenever visitors walk through the forest. The trees provide shade on a sunny day. Paths are wide and well marked. If you are the typical person who love to be in an extremely serene and relaxing place, Muir Woods is definitely a must try. 
 
Know-before-you-go
 
a. Book parking reservations online.
b. Bring your camera with you for that Instagram-worthy shot.
c. Wear comfortable shoes. 

3. Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Park 
    1401 Marina Way S, Suite B, Richmond CA
 
All museums are informative; they give some valuable information about its artifacts or displays. But this museum is an exemption, it does not only provide information to visitors, it also gives real-life lessons, real accounts from the women who worked as riveters building ships at the Kaiser Yard. In here, you will learn their stories, their background and their struggles during the World War II. Everyday there are scheduled talks from Rosies as they give compelling and engaging stories. If you are fond of shipbuilding and stories about war, this little museum is a must visit when in San Francisco. 
 
Know-before-you-go
 
a. Free entrance
b. Allow 2 hours of your time to visit and explore the place. Because there is so much to see and learn here. 

4. Lassen Volcanic National Park 
    Lassen Peak Hwy, Mineral CA

This beautiful and peaceful place has been continuously captivating every hikers and visitors. First-time hikers and experienced ones love it here because the trails are sometimes okay and at times challenging. This jewel in San Francisco offers spectacular views of the lakes like Emerald and Manzanita — best opportunity to have a photo session with friends. If you love hiking and nature at the same time a serene and beautiful environment, go to Lassen National Park. It’s definitely a must-visit when in San Francisco.
 
Know-before-you-go
 
a. bring water and sunscreen
b. Take warm clothes instead.
c. No restroom at the summit
d. $ 20 admission fee 

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