The idea behind building this fort to in 1861 was to fend off attacks by the Confederacy. It proved to be a non-issue, ... More
Fort Point National Historic Site
The idea behind building this fort to in 1861 was to fend off attacks by the Confederacy. It proved to be a non-issue, though. This place went on to achieve cinema immortality as the spot from which Kim Novak took her plunge into the San Francisco Bay in the Hitchcock classic Vertigo. There are spectacular views of the Marin Headlands from just beneath the soaring south anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge. Tours are offered and the museum houses a collection of military memorabilia. Take note, it is usually very windy at Fort Point, so dress accordingly.
this was one of the most momerable things i have ever done in my life. we toured the fort on one of our visits to san fran. and it was amasing. the history, the feel of it, the beauty of looking at the golden gate bridge. this is a must see for anyone who likes war history or old bldings and forts.
It's surprising how overlooked this amazing place is. Fort Point is a national historic site that is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is located in an incredibly spectacular spot directly underneath the southern landing of the Golden Gate Bridge on the site of an original Spanish fort. Its present fortress-appearance is the result of its massive fortification during before and during the Civil War as one of the principal defensive outposts of the United States on the West Coast. Among other things, it was the location of a memorable scene in Hitchcock's "Vertigo," where Jimmy Stewart prevents Kim Novak from drowning in the Pacific Ocean. I highly recommend that any visitor include Fort Point on its San Franicso itinerary, particularly if they have children. Kids -- particularly young boys -- will love exploring the hidden secrets of this wonderful fort.
If you love history, especially military history this is the most underated attraction I know of. Ft. Point is located under the Golden Gate Bridge and is a real treat. It's almost never crowded and the walk along Crisy Field to the fort is just great!
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