Fort Point: A Piece of American & Hollywood History

At the southern entrance to San Francisco Bay, tucked beneath an arch of the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll find Fort Point, an intriguing bit of American history you might otherwise have overlooked. Established in its current form in 1861, Fort Point was built over the remains of a decaying Spanish Fortress, which had been erected to defend against potential British or Russian attacks. After 1861, the dreaded enemy were Southern Confederates, rather than European invaders, but the attack never came, and today the fortress offers a rare look into the daily routine of the men who fought the Civil War: the barracks, the officer’s quarters, a mess hall, an armory, and cannons. Film buffs will be especially excited to visit Fort Point, the on-site location for the famous scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo in which Judy (Kim Novak), pretending to be Madeline, leaps into the bay in a feigned suicide attempt. Stop by for one of the guided tours and experience a bit of American and Hollywood history, just a short drive from our San Francisco hotel.

Address: Presidio of San Francisco, Long Ave & Marine Dr, San Francisco, CA 

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