|Fantastic Views in Presidio and Lands End
in San Francisco
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Beautiful east side of Golden Gate Bridge as viewed from one of several open spaces and parking lots near
Presidio Visitor Center which is located at 210 Lincoln Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94129.
On Friday, Oct 5, 2018, we drove to Presidio near Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco for the purpose of
sightseeing at several Vista/Overlook Points in this beautiful Golden Gate National Park/National Recreational
Area. Our first stop was Presidio Visitor Center to get tourist map and information. We were happily surprised
to find that there was the annual Blue Angel Air Show over San Francisco Bay on that weekend (Friday, Oct 5,
Saturday, Oct 6 and Sunday Oct 7, 2018) from 12 Noon to 4 PM. It is part of the annual event of 2018 San
Francisco Fleet Week including not only Blue Angel Air Show, but also amazing air sows by several other kinds
of airplanes plus parade of ships on the bay. So, we stayed in the open areas near Presidio Visitor Center to
enjoy the fantastic air shows. Information on San Francisco Fleet Week is available on its website at:
The beauty of the US Navy Blue Angels.
I took many pictures and movie clips of the fantastic air show.
Many people were on many boats on the San Francisco Bay to enjoy watching the amazing feats of flying on
Friday, October 5, 2018.
Several bigger ferry boats and party boats brought even more people to San Francisco Bay to enjoy the
fantastic air show.
Zoom in to see more clearly the big crowd on the bigger boats.
One of several large parking lots near Presidio Visitor Center for visitors to park.
Presidio (of San Francisco) is a Spanish word for Fortress (軍事要塞). The original Spanish name is El
Presidio Real de San Francisco which means The Royal Fortress of Saint Francis. It had been a fortified
location since September 17, 1776, when New Spain established the Presidio to gain a foothold in Alta
California and the San Francisco Bay. This is where San Francisco got started 242 years ago as a Spanish
Imperial Outpost and fortress (軍事基地).
This 1,491-acre fortress passed in 1821 to Mexico, which in turn passed it to the United States in 1848.
In 1989, the US Congress voted to end the Presidio's status as an active military installation of the U.S.
Army. On October 1, 1994, this military base was decommissioned and transferred to the National Park
Service, ending 219 years of military use and beginning its next phase of mixed commercial and public use.
So, Presidio becomes part of Golden Gate National Recreational Area. The 1,491-acre park is characterized
by many wooded areas, hills, and scenic vistas overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Strait,
San Francisco Bay, and the Pacific Ocean.
My movie clip of Blue Angel Air Show is on the following YouTube Website:
精彩表演，炫目的特技動作， 飛機輕靈橫滾倒飛，拉白煙，大推力垂直爬升，隨後翻轉俯衝， 連續橫滾飛
In addition to Blue Angel jets, there are also spectacular thrilling air show performed by a red colored
propeller bi-plane and a red colored propeller airplane .
俯衝！ 讓人眼花繚亂的空中特技飛行表演， 很多頗具觀賞性和視覺衝擊力的特技動作， 一連串高難度動作
It is amazing to watch famed aerobatic pilots and their planes fly barrel rolls, loops, low passes, shooting
straight up, then tumbling down and tight turns just a few thousand feet above the ground. Thrilling
maneuvers include near-vertical ascent, spirals and inverted flight, jaw-dropping tumbling, back flip, and
other daredevil actions.
The movie clip of the amazing air show by the red colored biplane and the red colored airplane that I took is
in the following YouTube website:
Blue Angels puts on an amazing aerobatic display of precision flying and breathtaking maneuvers, including
near-vertical ascent, spirals and inverted flight.
A pleasure to watch the Blue Angel aerial demonstration.
Zoom in on the Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay as viewed from an open space near Presidio Visitor
The word Alcatraz came from Spanish word Alcatraces which means pelican or strange bird. May be 200
years ago, many pelicans lived on and near this "Pelican" Island.
After the air show was finished at about 4 PM on Friday, October 5, 2018, we drove to the northeast edge of
Presidio to tour the iconic Palace of Fine Arts located at 3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123.
The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California, is a monumental structure originally constructed for the
1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in order to exhibit works of art presented in that World Fair.
One of only a few surviving structures from that Exposition, it is still situated on its original site.
Magnificent view of Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headland and Golden Gate Strait （金門海峽）from the
scenic vista point of Golden Gate Overlook which is located near Langdon Court (parking lot), off Lincoln Blvd,
San Francisco, CA 94129.
Since we spent most of the afternoon of October 5, 2018 watching Air Shows near Presidio Visitor Center,
we came back to Presidio again on October 11, 2018 to visit several scenic vista points to enjoy the
Zoom in on Golden Gate Bridge as viewed from Golden Gate Overlook. My compact super-zoom camera
has 65X optical zoom.
Gorgeous San Francisco Bay as viewed from Golden Gate Overlook.
Sometimes a group of humpback whales show up feeding on large school of fish in San Francisco Bay as
shown in the following YouTube movies:
Notice that there is a large group of seabirds following the humpback whales to catch the left over fish. So,
such large group of seabirds hovering near the water surface can become a marker to help whale
watchers to find the location of whales feeding on a large school of fish in the water.
Sometimes, many birds show up in the sky in addition to Blue Angel.
Sometimes, a hawk show up in the sky probably because October is the peak of hawk migration season.
Many hawks are crossing Golden Gate Strait in their fall migration flight to go south.
壯美風光， 令人心曠神怡， 也還有古時軍事要塞的景觀！
Conzelman Road climbing up the Marin Headland as viewed from Golden Gate Overlook.
Being a military fortress for more than 200 years, Presidio as a national park/national recreational area still has
many historical concrete structures associated with many historical and decommissioned batteries of 12-inch
big guns for protection of San Francisco. Similar concrete structures can also be seen on Marin Headland on
the north side of Golden Gate Strait.
Zoom in even more on Hawk Hill and upper Vista Point on Conzelnman Road on Marin Headland as viewed
from Golden Gate Overlook. Hawk Hill is a 923 foot Peak in the Marin Headlands just immediately north of
the Golden Gate Bridge. This Conzelman Road has several roadside pull-out Vista Points for spectacular
panoramic views of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Strait, Pacific Ocean and the
City of San Francisco. My photos from these Vista Points on Conzelman Road are on my web page at:
The panoramic views from these Vista Points are on my web page at:
During the San Francisco Fleet Week in early October, many people come to these scenic vista points on
Conzelman Road on Marin Headland or to the Twin Peaks to watch the fantastic Blue Angel Air Show.
I zoomed in and took a movie scan of this Conzelman Road on Marin Headland as shown on the following
大自然的神筆飛揚，好山好水好景色， 構成一幅幅美麗畫卷， 讓你放開想像，馳騁神思。
Zoom in on Marin Headland across the Golden Gate Strait as viewed from Golden Gate Overlook
Point Bonita, protruding from Marin Headland into the blue Pacific Ocean as viewed from Golden Gate
Scenic vista point at Immigrant Point Overlook located at Immigration Point Overlook, Washington Blvd, San
Francisco, CA 94129 on Google Map. A wonderful place to sit and to enjoy the spectacular view.
Gorgeous! Golden Gate Strait opening out to Pacific Ocean as viewed from Immigrant Point Overlook.
雄渾的金門海峽，水色碧澄發亮， 快艇乘風破浪，氣勢恢宏， 非常壯觀。 十月遷徙南飛高潮期，許多大鷹
Fantastic! Zoom in on Point Bonita, the southwest tip of Marin Headland as viewed from Immigrant Point
It's hard to believe you're in urban San Francisco while standing at Immigrant Point, gazing out at the
spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, the Marin Headlands, and – on a clear day – Point Reyes National
Seashore. That feeling of being transported elsewhere will multiply if you glimpse a Red-tailed Hawk circling
overhead or – if you're really lucky – catch a glimmer of dolphins or a humpback whale surfacing in the sea.
As its name asserts, this overlook honors those who have made the journey through the Golden Gate to the
new country they would call home. Carved into stone on the overlook wall, the words of President Woodrow
Wilson pay testament: "We opened the gates to all the world and said, 'Let all men who want to be free
come to us and they will be welcome."
Zoom in even more on to see more clearly Point Bonita Lighthouse and the Suspending Bridge at the
southwest tip of Marin Headland as viewed from Immigrant Point Overlook.
Many visitors come to Point Bonita Lighthouse for whale watching as shown in the following YouTube
It seems that many whales are feeding on large school of fish (may be anchovies) in that area near Point
Bonita Lighthouse, and many seabirds are flying around close to the water surface to converge on each
whale appearance location to catch the left over fish.
The following YouTube movie provides more details on how to get to Point Bonita Lighthouse and the
beautiful views from that area:
Zoom in on Hawk Hill on Marin Headland as viewed from Immigrant Point Overlook.
Enjoy amazing view of various ships going through Golden Gate Strait as viewed from Immigrant Point
I took a movie scan of the panoramic view of Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Strait from Immigrant Point
Overlook As shown on the following YouTube website:
In this movie scan, one can see the historic Mile Rocks Lighthouse about one mile off shore. More photos
and description of this Mile Rocks Lighthouse are in the later part of this web page.
The statue of Yoda, the Grand Master of the Jedi Order at the Building B courtyard outdoor patio. Wise and
powerful, he trained Jedi for over 800 years... feel the force! It is sacred ground in San Francisco for Star
Wars fans. May the Force be with you.
Star Wars Lucasfilm makes its home here in the Presidio located at 1 Letterman Dr, Building B, San
Francisco, CA 94129. It is near the junction of Letterman Dr. & Lombard St., San Francisco.
Where Star Wars Is Born !
The Letterman Digital and New Media Arts Center is the headquarters of Lucasfilm, creator George Lucas’
production company. Located in San Francisco’s historic Presidio National Park, the 23-acre facility may as
well be the real-life Jedi Temple for Star Wars fans.
A red tailed hawk show up when we were touring Star War Studio area.
Beautiful San Francisco Bay as viewed from Inspiration Point in Presidio.
Zoom in on the dome of Palace of Fine Arts and Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay as viewed from
Zoom in on another part of San Francisco Bay as viewed from Inspiration Point.
Zoom in on Southwest tip of Marin Headland from Baker Beach
Zoom in on beautiful west side of Golden Gate Bridge as viewed from Baker Beach.
Some people watch humpback whales from Golden Gate Bridge as shown in the following YouTube movie:
Notice that many seabirds are following humpback whales to catch fish (may be anchovies).
Some other people had close encounter with humpback whales in San Francisco Bay near Golden Gate
Bridge while they were wind surfing on the bay as shown in the YouTube Movies above and below:
Marin Headland and Conzelman Road as viewed from Baker Beach
Zoom in some more on Conzelman Road on Marin Headland as viewed from Baker Beach
Two views of Golden Gate Strait out to Pacific Ocean when were driving from Immigrant Point Overlook to
Baker Beach in Presidio.
View of San Francisco Bay when we were driving from Inspiration Point down to Star Wars Studio in Presidio.
Zoom in even more on Point Bonita Lighthouse and suspension bridge as viewed from USS San Francisco
What a beauty! Zoom in some more on Point Bonita Lighthouse and the associated suspending bridge, at
the southwest tip of Marin Headland as viewed from Baker Beach.
Zoom in on magnificent west side of Golden Gate Bridge as viewed from USS San Francisco Memorial in
Lands End located at 2300-2404 El Camino Del Mar, San Francisco, CA 94121.
Absolutely gorgeous! Marin Headland and Golden Gate Strait as viewed from hiking trail near USS San
Fantastic view! Several bird rocks on Golden Gate Strait opening out to Pacific Ocean as viewed from hiking
trail near USS San Francisco Memorial. The furtherest small one is Mile Rocks Lighthouse which is about
one mile off shore and about one mile southwest of Golden Gate Bridge. The historical lighthouse on the Mile
Rocks had been removed leaving only a cylindrical vertical steel structure sitting on the Mile Rocks.
Zoom in even more on the historical Mile Rocks Lighthouse as viewed from USS San Francisco Memorial.
The historical Mile Rocks Lighthouse was built in 1906. The lighthouse was removed in 1966, the top
converted into a landing pad for helicopters, and the light automated.
This zoom-in picture shows that many seabirds are the happy user of this left-over structure.
I may come back in the breeding season of spring to summer season to see if many seabirds are laying
eggs and raising their baby birds on this platform that is safe from land based predators.
Zoom in on Point Bonita Lighthouse and suspension bridge as viewed from the Main Parking Lot of Lands End.
Zoom in on the historical Mile Rocks Lighthouse as viewed from USS San Francisco Memorial.
Zoom in on Hawk Hill on Marin Headland as viewed from USS San Francisco Memorial.
During the autumn months, from September through November, many bird watchers come to the summit of
Hawk Hill in Marin Headland to enjoy watching the autumn raptor migration, also known as Golden Gate
migration and the gorgeous view, the view is absolutely magnificent. It is an annual flight south over Hawk
Hill and across Golden Gate Strait of tens of thousands of hawks, kites, eagles, falcons, osprey, falcons,
harriers, and vultures (birds collectively called raptors). Peak count days have exceeded 1,000 raptors in one
Raptors prefer not to fly long distances over open water. That's why so many raptors choose to cross the
large San Francisco Bay at this two-mile gap at the Golden Gate strait.
They also would rather soar and cruise than flap their wings because soaring and cruising save energy, an
important factor for birds that fly hundreds or thousands of miles during their migration. To soar, the birds
need updrafts, which are created by air rising up over hills, another reason they fly along the ridges at the
Marin Headland. Some raptors hesitate and circle before flying across the Golden Gate strait. Their loitering
in this area of Hawk Hill provides excellent viewing opportunities for hawk watchers.
Great View! Steps to go from USS San Francisco Memorial down to Coastal Trail Overlook for the great
view of Golden Gate Strait and Marin Headland. Notice the small historical Mile Rocks Lighthouse about one
mile off shore near the upper right corner of this picture. More pictures and explanation of the Mile Rocks
Lighthouse are in the later part of this web page.
Stunning! Golden Gate Strait viewed from hiking trail near USS San Francisco Memorial. What a scenic
I took a movie scan of the panoramic view of Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Strait as viewed from USS San
Francisco Memorial as shown in the following YouTube Website:
Another view of the hawk at Lands End.
步道可下行通往海邊， 上行通往山頂展望亭， 登高遠眺，觀賞海景， 駐足欣賞，拍照留念。
Zoom in on Point Lobos in Lands End as viewed from Lands End Main Parking Lot.
Zoom in on Point Lobos in Lands End as viewed from Lands End Main Parking Lot.
Zoom in and see some cormorants and two pelicans on one of the Seal Rocks at Lands End.
大鷹 傲立枝頭， 聚精會神，虎視眈眈，專注地尋找獵物，準備進攻。
Zoom in on a hawk perching on a branch at Lands End.
The scenic vista point at USS San Francisco Memorial. Great navy memorial honoring those who fought at
the fierce battle of Guadalcanal aboard the USS San Francisco.
One corner of the large Lands End Main Parking Lot with beautiful cypress trees in the background.
On weekdays, there are plenty of free parking space for visitors at most scenic vista points in Lands End
and in Presidio.
Many birds on another Seal Rocks at Lands End.
It is very enjoyable to watch many pelicans in action in the air, many other seabirds on the Seal Rocks,
hawks hunting in Lands End area, and many ships coming and going.
Some people come to Lands End for whale watching as shown in the following Website:
Zoom in to see many seabirds on one of the Seal Rocks in Lands End.
Louis' Restaurant and Cliff House, near Lands End Main Parking Lot. This gem of a place overlooking the
Pacific shore is a must stop if you visit the area. Every seat has good views. You have fantastic views to
enjoy while you eat. Great view of the historic Sutro Baths ruins, Pacific ocean, rocks, seals, several kinds of
birds, ships, Point Lobos, the tourists and whales.
Hiking Trail among cypress trees near USS San Francisco Memorial. There are many hiking trails in Presidio
and in Lands End. There is a series of stunning views at every turn on these wild and windy trails.
The Cliff House at Lands End and the huge beach south of Cliff House.
When we were arriving at the parking lot of Baker Beach. There were plenty of parking space for visitors on
Beautiful view of ruins （廢墟）of historic Sutro Baths, Seal Rocks, caves and Point Lobos at Lands End
（天之涯）as viewed from Lands End Main Parking Lot.
One of several big cargo ships going in and out of Golden Gate Strait as viewed from Lands End Main
I took a movie scan of the panoramic view from Lands End Main Parking Lot as shown in the following
A hawk floating in the sea breeze almost stationary in the air looking down for prey at Lands End.
Many boats of various sizes on San Francisco Bay for many people to enjoy the spectacular air show on
October 5, 2018.
A symbol of the city's creative spirit. It is a popular attraction for tourists and locals and is a favorite location
for weddings and wedding party photographs. It's an absolute must-see for anyone visiting San Francisco.
Its Greek-style colonnades and soaring central rotunda make it one of the most singular and recognizable
features of San Francisco's northern skyline. Up close, the scale of the structure is truly breathtaking.
波光倒影，呈現出一種無與倫比的對稱美， 寧靜淡然安詳， 一幅和諧的風情畫， 美絕人間。
A tranquil lagoon populated with fish, birds and turtles.
An immersive Photo Sphere panoramic picture taken inside and under the dome of Palace of Fine Arts can be
I also took two Photo Sphere pictures of Palace of Fine Arts using the Photo Sphere Mode in my Google
Nexus 10 Tablet with the results shown in here and here. These two are my first experience in learning to take
Photo Sphere pictures and are not perfect. One of the problems is that there were many tourists walking and
moving while I was taking Photo Sphere pictures. The second problem is that I was in a rush and did not
spend enough time to take the Photo Sphere pictures more carefully. I will have to practice some more in the
future to take better Photo Sphere pictures.
USS San Francisco Memorial.
USS San Francisco (CA-38), a heavy cruiser, （以舊金山命名的一艘巡洋艦）was one of the most decorated
hero ships engaged in one of the most heroic and fierce naval battle in the Pacific of the Second World War.
A picture of USS San Francisco can be seen on the following website:
The memorial itself is built from actual pieces of the ship with heavy damages sustained during the battle of
A turning point in the fierce Battle for the Pacific, Guadalcanal marked the end of the southern march of
Imperial Japanese forces towards the resource rich continent of Australia in the second World War. This was
a hard-fought campaign with great losses on both sides, and the sacrifices of the men of the USS San
Francisco during this fierce naval battle are honored at this Memorial in Presidio. The nation salutes USS San
Francisco with this Memorial. More details are on the website above and the following YouTube movie
Comments from an Australian visitor "I took the steps up from the trail to get a better view and decided to
walk over and see what the memorial was about seeing I was there. I am glad I did, being Australian, I am
grateful for their sacrifice seeing we were next on japans hit list."
Inside Lucasfilm’s main lobby, is a full-size 6’6″ Darth Vader, along with a nice collection of Star Wars
memorabilia. It is fun to see, and there are lots of unique pieces like replicas of the different lightsabers and
small Stormtrooper statues. There is also a life sized Stormtrooper and old Darth Vader costume which are
the two highlights. Around the other side, there is a metal R2D2 as well.
This main lobby is open to public on weekdays but is closed on weekend.
Statue of Eadweard James Muybridge (1830-1904), known as the Father of Motion Picture (Cinema).
體 ， 讓人嘆為觀止！。
GPS Navigation to Popular Scenic Vista Points:
All these popular scenic vista points/Overlooks that I described in this Travelogue web page are all already
marked on Google Maps. For this reason, it is easy to use Voice Command on Google Maps GPS navigator
on a smartphone to navigate to any of these scenic vista points in Presidio and in Lands End.
The instruction for using Google Maps GPS navigator on a smartphone is described on my web page at:
The smartphone that I am using is Samsung Galaxy S5 and I have already downloaded and installed the free
"Google Assistance" App from Google Play Store into this smartphone. The free Google Maps GPS
Navigator comes with the free Google Maps automatically when I got my smartphone from my wireless
For example, if I want to drive to USS San Francisco Memorial in Presidio, I do the following simple two
Step 1: I say "Hey! Google" to my smartphone to get the attention of Google Assistance, then
Step 2: I say "Navigate to USS San Francisco Memorial in San Francisco."
Within a few seconds after Step 2, my smartphone is ready to give me "Turn-by-Turn" voice navigation
instruction to guide me to drive from my current location to USS San Francisco Memorial in Presidio. The
screen on the smartphone also shows the Google Navigation Map plus how many miles and how long it
takes to drive from my current location to USS San Francisco Memorial.
So, it is very easy to use such GPS navigator on a smartphone to drive to any popular Points of Interest
(POIs) that are already marked on Google Maps.
Furthermore, while on a long drive to a Point of Interest following the GPS navigation, if I change my mind
and need to stop at a fast food place to eat lunch and/or to use rest room, I keep on driving and do the
simple 2-step voice command by saying "Hey! Google" to get the attention of Google Assistance in my
smartphone, then saying "Navigate to Burger King (or MacDonald) near me". Usually, the smartphone will
show me two or three Burger King locations with different distances from me. I tap on one of them on the
screen. Then the GPS navigator will guide my driving to that selected Burger King near me.
Such powerful yet simple voice command capability makes the driving tour for sightseeing in any unfamiliar
territory very easy and enjoyable.
But if you still prefer to enter the destination by keyboard, such option is always available on the Google
Maps GPS navigator with soft keyboard on the screen of the smartphone.