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National park tips: My two favorite places to see the Golden Gate Bridge

National park tips: My two favorite places to see the Golden Gate Bridge
This is the Golden Gate Bridge view you get from the Warming Hut at Crissy Field in San Francisco. (Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

I have two favorite spots for looking at the Golden Gate Bridge. On the north side of the bay, it's Conzelman Road in the Marin headlands.

And on the south side, it's just outside the Crissy Field Warming Hut, a.k.a. Presidio Building 983, at Marine Drive and Long Avenue.

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It might not be as solitary as an early morning walk on Baker Beach, but you can get breakfast or lunch in the hut, browse a well-curated inventory of books about the region, and watch the passing parade of runners, cyclists and tourists. Details here.

And all of these spots, by the way, are part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, busiest unit in the National Park Service, includes attractions in San Francisco, Marin County and beyond.

In honor of this year's National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We'll post one per day through Dec. 31.

Follow Reynolds on Twitter: @MrCSReynolds

See travel videos by Reynolds from around the world.

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