Explore American History at the Top 5 Military Spots in San Francisco
Memorial Day weekend is approaching fast. Honor the servicemen and women who have fought and died for the country by visiting some of San Francisco's unique military sites. From historic forts to magnificent warships and solemn cemeteries, you'll encounter an impressive array of military attractions in the Bay Area.
Tour Submarines, Visit Military Forts, and Sail on a Warship
#1 – Fort Point National Historic Site: Nestled under the Golden Gate Bridge at the Presidio, this historic fort was built in the late 1800s to protect the city. Its vantage point was ideal for lookouts searching for approaching enemy – and today it's one of the best places for awesome pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge.
#2 – USS Pampanito: Take a tour of a World War II submarine (now docked at Pier 45) that patrolled the Pacific Ocean and engaged in numerous battles. Imagine what life was like for the sailors that lived on board.
#3 – National Cemetery: Located on the site of a former military base, this cemetery is a poignant reminder of the price of freedom. Many of the graves date from the 1800s.
#4 – SS Jeremiah O'Brien: Situated near the USS Pampanito at Pier 45, this World War II warship offers cruises around the San Francisco Bay. You'll also find tours and special events throughout the year.
#5 – Alcatraz: The "Rock" might be better known as a federal prison, but this infamous attraction was a military fort first. Learn about its military history during the Civil War on an insider tour of the island.
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