The majestic legacy of the National Park Service

Like many great love affairs, mine began in childhood. The details are sketchy, drawn from memory and from photographs in a family album, old Super 8s. Our two-toned station wagon is loaded up in the driveway of the Altadena, Calif., home, room for five, our gear and a black Labrador named Sheba.


Tips for GGNRA visitors

Best times to visit the Golden Gate National Recreation Area - or not: December, January and February are the wettest months, bookended by November and March. If you want dry, June, July and August are your best bets. If you want warm, go in September.


Ten ways to explore attractions of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

The busiest unit in our national park system isn't a park at all. In fact, plenty of visitors never notice that they're in it - not when they're half-lost in the redwoods of Marin County's Muir Woods, not when they're deep into a conversation about robots at San Francisco's Fort Mason, not when they're roaming the vast beach flats of Fort Funston, near the San Mateo County line.

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