Crissy Field and Fort Point, San Francisco, are in the California Living® with host Aprilanne Hurley spotlight as a budget friendly travel destination with spectacular views and Hollywood ties.
It’s not everyday you come across a budget friendly travel destination that also doubles as a famous filming site for an Alfred Hitchcock movie. In this case, the movie is “Vertigo”, and the location is Fort Point, San Francisco. Fort Point is located at the southern base of the Golden Gate Bridge and in easy walking distance to the Presidio’s Crissy Field Marsh and Beach, a former military airfield transformed into a premiere recreational area on the Presidio.
Now a National Historic Site, Fort Point was a Civil War-era brick fort built to protect San Francisco Bay from attack. Fort Point is a budget friendly travel destination with incredible, up-close and personal views of the Golden Gate Bridge. This San Francisco getaway also delivers picture perfect views of both Alcatraz Island and Angel Island State Park sitting majestically in the middle of San Francisco Bay.
Money & time saving Crissy Field & Fort Point travel tips
To make the most of your visit to Fort Point and Crissy Field, park your car in the beachfront lots just west of the Marina Gate and walk or bike to Fort Point on the renovated trail walk.
You’ll also be steps away from Crissy Field’s East Beach, which offers priceless full on views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Angel Island State Park…free of charge. That’s right. There are no entrance fees or parking fees during the week at this California Living® recommended budget friendly travel destination.
Located along a few miles of flat, renovated waterfront walking trails, Fort Point and Crissy Field make for a healthy budget friendly travel getaway as well, where you can park hassle free and get a brisk walk in while taking in the endorphin boosting benefits of the negative ions this San Francisco getaway delivers. Walking in the great outdoors is also a cost free way to work in some heart-healthy fitness time – no gym membership required.
In keeping with a “budget friendly travel” theme, a great suggestion is to pack a healthy picnic or even a bottle of wine and a local cheese selection to enjoy at a variety of stunning view spots this beautiful San Francisco getaway offers. Whether you’re looking to take in a romantic sunset, soak up the rays at East Beach or just catch a breather, packing along a few delicious nibbles will enhance your getaway to the Fort Point and Crissy Field all the more.
Should your San Francisco travel to Fort Point and Crissy Field be more impromptu, check out the Warming Hut Café located in the same vicinity as Fort Point. The Warming Hut, is a converted military building offering a selection of coffees, drinks, sandwiches and soups, etc. in a rustic, casual atmosphere with killer views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.
Both the Beach Hut Café and the Warming Hut Café offer a casual scene and well-priced food, drinks and snacks with an eye towards healthy, local options. The Warming Hut Café also serves as a “park store”, offering National Park maps, gear, passes, and eco-friendly merchandise for purchase.
California Living® insider guide tips to visiting Fort Point and Crissy Field:
- Go during the week when parking is free (3 hour limit) and to avoid weekend crowds.
- Check out the Tide Guides and plan your Fort Point – Crissy Field getaway during low tide when practical to check out East Beach at its best.
- Go early in the day to avoid the winds that tend to kick up in the afternoon.
- Dress in layers, and pack along a sweatshirt, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses (For the kiddies too).
- Pack along a picnic, or other favorite snacks to enjoy while taking in the incredible views and fresh air.
Fort Point: San Francisco landmark featured in Hitchchock’s move ‘Vertigo’
Alfred Hitchcock fans and movie trivia buffs will relish visiting Fort Point – the famous spot where Kim Novak’s character jumps into San Francisco Bay in Hitchcock’s thriller “Vertigo.” While it can be windy at the top (be forewarned) Fort Point visitors can make their way to the top of the fort to take in view of the Golden Gate Bridge from underneath, offering a very unique San Francisco getaway experience and vantage point for photo ops. Depending on the day and time of year you visit, Fort Point visitors may be treated to cannon-loading demonstrations, guided tours and historic video showings in the adjacent movie theater. Fort Point also offers self-guided tour materials as well as various public programs and events throughout the year such as candlelight tours and free pier crabbing and fishing.
California Living® also recommends watching Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller “Vertigo” to reacquaint yourself with the movie, which will add an extra sense of excitement when visiting this famous Hitchcock movie scene location in Vertigo. Whether you getaway to Fort Point and Crissy Field for just a few hours…or spend the day, this remarkably budget friendly San Francisco travel getaway is sure to remind you why “it’s just more fun…living in California.”
For more information on Fort Point call: 415-556-1693, and or visit: Parksconservancy.org.
The information contained in this article was valid at the time of original publication in Aprilanne Hurley’s Examiner SF Travel Column, and has been reprinted with permission. Please check State Park current hours and parking info. prior to traveling.