Located in one of the most historic areas of the west coast, Golden Gate National Recreation Area is the most visited National Park in the United States and it should be on every RV lover's list. Golden Gate National Recreation Area is made up of 82,027 acres (most of which was former military land) and attracts over 15 million visitors a year. A cool fact about the park is that it is one of the largest urban parks in the world and is around two-and-a-half times the size of the city and county of San Francisco.
The park is not one continuous land mass like a standard park. Instead it is a collection of areas that stretch from southern San Mateo County to northern Marin County, and includes several different areas of San Francisco. The park is very diverse and contains famous tourist attractions such as Muir Woods National Monument, Alcatraz, and the Presidio of San Francisco. The nature of the area is also very prominent and is home to over 1,200 different plant and animal species.
Thanks to the tens of thousands of acres there are so many different recreational activities you can enjoy during your visit to the park. The most popular activities include hiking, wildlife viewing, Cold War-era tours, visiting the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.
Although there are four different campgrounds within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, there are no RV-friendly spots for you to camp at. Despite this, there are a few private RV campgrounds scattered throughout San Francisco and you can also stay at rest areas in California. Peak season at Golden Gate National Recreation Area runs from April until October.