For almost one hundred and fifty years, visitors have traveled to the Cliff House at the westernmost tip of San Francisco's coastline to experience the magnificent natural setting and to enjoy entertainment and seaside recreation. Today, the Cliff House is part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the largest and most visited urban national parks in the world.
There have been three different Cliff House structures since 1863, each with a unique story of its own. Over the years, the most recent Cliff House structure (1909) was incrementally modified and remodeled to reflect a variety of styles.
The National Park Service completed a comprehensive design plan and an environmental assessment for the Sutro District in 1993. Based on the recommendations from the plan, the National Park Service has begun to refurbish the Sutro District. This presented an opportunity to enhance the Cliff House structure, unveiling existing 1909 portions, strengthening the site-building relationship, and improving the overall efficiency of the facility.
The Presidio can be reached from the north by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge (Highways 1 and 101); from the east by way of Lombard Street (Highway 101); and from the south via Highway 1.
San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) buses serve the Presidio via the 28, 29 and 43 lines. Bus service from the North Bay to the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza is available through Golden Gate Transit.