Fort Point: A Bit of History Tucked Beneath the Golden Gate Bridge

Fort Point was erected by the Union Army in 1861 to deter an expected Confederate invasion (which never actually came). As a visitor to the fortress, you’ll enjoy a rare glimpse into the everyday lives of Civil War soldiers, including tours of officers’ accommodations, barracks, armory, cannons, and mess hall. And those who enjoy classic cinema are in for a special treat, as Fort Point is where Alfred Hitchcock filmed Vertigo’s famous attempted-suicide scene in which Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak) pretends to leap to her death, only to be rescued by detective John "Scottie" Ferguson (Jimmy Stewart). A combination of classic film history and classic Americana, Fort Point is a must-see for any visitor to the City by the Bay.

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

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