Point Bonita Lighthouse is one of the hidden treasures in San Francisco.  It’s a bit of a drive from the city center but it’s views make it worth it.

Point Bonita Lighthouse is about a 20 minute drive from the city center.  It’s the perfect stop since it’s right next to the Golden Gate Bridge.  The area provides a picturesque views of San Francisco along with the Point Bonita Lighthouse.  In addition, it’s a pretty underpopulated area, so the city traffic is nowhere to be found.

Point Bonita was built in the 1800s.  It was originally too high and it was rebuilt closer to sea level.  This was because of the West Coast’s dense high fog and ships could not see the lighthouse.  In addition, the suspension bridge has gone under multiple revisions due to rust and the original trail’s erosion.   The lighthouse is still manned by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Point Bonita Lighthouse
Point Bonita Lighthouse

The lighthouse is only accessible during certain days of the week.  Visitors are allowed on Saturday to Monday from 12 PM to 3:30 PM.  It’s worth the trip for the views of the city and ocean.  It’s absolutely breathtaking and one of San Francisco’s hidden landmarks.

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