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Fort Funston
 
South end of Great Highway/Skyline Blvd.  Free. 
          Acquired by the U.S. Army in 1900, these bluffs were once a link in the chain of coastal artillery batteries lining the coast.  Nike anti-aircraft missiles guarded the area from the 1950s until the fort’s closure in 1963.  The missile silos were located underneath the main parking area.  Now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, this fort’s former barracks houses the Ranger Station and Environmental Science Center.  A short, paved loop trail offers stunning coastal views.  An observation platform on a bluff above the ocean provides a bird’s-eye view of hang-gliders practicing their sport and is a great vantage point for whale-watching in winter. 
 

 

 

 

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