Next Neighborhood North: Old Town
Next Neighborhood South: Golden Gate Bridge
Next Neighborhood West: the GGNRA (which includes Fort Baker)
Neighborhoods: Fort Baker in the GGNRA
If you don’t plan to drive, Big Bus Tours, a hop-on hop-off service, has the widest combined coverage of the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito, and has a stop at Fort Baker as well as downtown Sausalito and The Bay Model. This route allows you to visit many more spots listed in our Fun Things to Do in Sausalito page that are not in the downtown area. They run open-top double-decker buses when it’s warm and enclosed buses when it’s cold or raining. Note: Because of their enhanced services we sought them out and Big Bus Tours is now a sponsor of OurSausalito.
Fort Baker has a split personality:
- As a neighborhood of Sausalito at the southern edge of town, with a major hotel, restaurant, children’s museum, yacht harbor and spectacular views.
- As a former military base that has been converted into parklands, and which is still home to a critical Coast Guard rescue base.
- As a key portion of the GGNRA, the massive national park that spans northern San Francisco and southern & western Marin County.
Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) which covers over 38,000 acres, Fort Baker has one of the best views in the world in a location full of rich culture and history. Look up to your right and you’re looking up at one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Look to your left and you have beautiful views of Angel Island and Alcatraz. Look straight ahead and you have an incredible view across the bay at San Francisco. All in all, this is a spot definitely worth checking out.
How to get there: Take the Alexander Avenue exit, the last exit before going onto the Golden Gate Bridge if you’re coming from the north, or the first exit after Vista Point if you’re coming from the city. Drive along Alexander Drive down the hill until you reach Danas Drive where you take a slight left. Then turn right onto Bunker Road before the long tunnel and follow the road all the way down. (Map of directions located at the bottom of the page.)
Tips: With spectacular views all around a camera is definely a good idea! It is also sometimes foggy and windy so we recommend bringing warm clothes just in case it gets a little chilly.
History: Fort Baker was first opened in 1850 by President Millard Fillmore with the purpose of being a logistical support facility and a coastal defense position on the north side of the Bay. In 1897 the name was changed to Fort Baker, with major construction starting in 1901. It operated as a military base until 2000 when when the US army moved its headquarters to Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin, California. The site is also featured in Star Trek Universe with some of the buildings seen as buildings of the Starfleet Headquarters.
Parking: Parking is limitted down by the pier, but is often available. There is also more parking just up the road by the buildings, and a few spots scattered on the dirt where where parking is permitted.
Hours: Gates open at 7:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM
|Murray Circle (American)|
|Mike’s Place, upstairs in the Presidio Yacht Club|
|Cavallo Point Lodge|
Bus Stops (Click here for more information)
|Sausalito Lateral at Ft. Baker East Road|
|Sausalito Lateral at Ft. Baker Bunker Hill Road|
|Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point at Sausalito Lateral|
|Presidio Yacht Club|
|Bay Area Discovery Museum|
|Vista Point — Golden Gate Bridge|