One-hundred acres of ceaseless beauty.
What was once a US Army airfield is now a generously portioned slice of heaven and a San Francisco gem. If you’re new to SF, you may not know, but it wasn’t always like that. In fact, it was literally toxic thanks to the dumping of hazardous materials by the aforementioned Army. However let’s not dwell on the past. The National Park Service did a tremendous job bringing what they described as “a derelict concrete wasteland” back to its original glory and then some, and now it’s one of the prettiest places to visit in the city, thanks to dunes, a tidal lagoon, excellent bird watching, kiteboarders and windsurfers, and views of Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Downtown skyline, and the Marin Headlands. Even better, you can actually get in the arctic waters at this beach, if you dare. If not, take your dog off of his leash (as long as he’s under voice control) so he can frolic in the surf.
Where to eat/drink: Crissy Field has two picnic areas with barbecue pits, so if you’re willing to get there early to claim one, all you need to do is stop by Safeway and pick up some meat and beer. If you’re more into sleeping in than grilling out, grabbing sandwiches at the Warming Hut is definitely the easiest option, but if you can muster up the energy for one stop on the way, stop off at Lucca Delicatessen (seven-minute drive; 20-minute walk) for one of the best sandwiches in SF and everything else you need for a gourmet picnic.