"Stretched between the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge and the stately homes of San Francisco’s Marina District, the Golden Gate Promenade parallels the beach and bayshore, passes along historic Crissy Field, sports awesome views, and is a premiere people-watching venue. More often than not, a blanket of fog creeps in overnight to cover the bay and its city. In the morning the curtain of sea mist pulls back slowly under the warming sun, first revealing sailboats close in to shore, then the dark bulks of Angel and Alcatraz Islands, and finally the red span of the Golden Gate Bridge and the steep Marin Headlands. Whether you’ve seen it a thousand times or you are a newcomer to the Bay Area, you’ll be mesmerized. And one of the best places to watch is from the Golden Gate Promenade. This wide, flat multiuse trail traces the bayshore from the Marina District to Fort Point and is invariably crowded with hikers, runners, moms and dads pushing strollers, cyclists, folks in wheelchairs, and dog walkers. The dogs, which are supposed to be on leashes, dash in and out of the surf and across the path willy-nilly. Sailboarders and kayakers launch from the beach, mingling with sailboats on sunny, windy days. Even if the fog doesn’t burn off, the promenade puts on a show."