Inspiration Point

Guide & Map of San Francisco with 360° panoramas

Photo By Peter Watts


Panorama from Inspiration Point, one of the panoramic viewpoints in Presidio. The panorama shows the view to the northeast from the southern part of Presidio. The view here extends over parts of the San Francisco Bay, you can just see Angel Island in the distance.


Inspiration Point - San Francisco visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Inspiration Point' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from California.

Inspiration Point is named for the inspiring panoramic views across the Presidio historic parkland to the San Francisco Bay. Breath-taking views make this a popular place a few minutes drive from the bustling city to rest and reflect in tranquil surroundings. It's also very popular with hikers who enjoy the many miles of trails throughout the Presidio park landscape and Crissy Field Beach area.

Currently, the view looks out over the heavily forested landscape. Much of the Presidio was planted with non-native species during restoration projects in the early 20th century. However, once the US Government handed the custodianship of Presidio over to Presidio Trust and the National Park Service once it was no longer required as a military base, massive environmental restoration works have begun and have already radically rejuvenated Crissy Field beach.

At time of writing, plans are afoot to remove some of these Monterey Pines trees and replace them with new plantings of native species. The rare Serpentine grasslands flourish in a distinctive soil which naturally has a chemical composition rich in heavy metals which are toxic to many species of plant. Although species can evolve of centuries to adapt, the endangered habitat of natural serpentine grassland was dramatically reduced due to changes in land use, but now it is planned to restore these as an ecological haven for rare plants including the Presidio Clarkia - thus, in turn, encouraging wildlife and birds to return and re-establish habitats here. Current non-native plants change the micro-climate here and that interferes with the biological evolution of the area, so by reintroducing the species which should have grown here, it is hoped that eventually, the Presidio park lands will be restored as much as possible to their authentic and natural state. During these restorative works, some areas may be semi-protected by fences and there will be information sign posts to guide visitors.


Car: From central San Francisco take Geary Blvd east and then turn north onto Arguello Blvd. Inspiration Point is on a bend in Arguello Blvd. If coming south on the 101 from Marin Headlands, turn off the highway just after the Golden Gate Bridge toll station onto Merchant Road, follow signs to Main Post and then take Arguello Blvd.

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