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Nike Missile Site SF88L

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Sausalito, California

Base SF-88 is one of only a few preserved Nike Missile Bases -- between 1953 and 1979, 280 of these bases formed protective rings around major US cities to defend against nuclear bomber attacks.

The National Parks Service runs free tours every half hour while open, taking visitors back to the Cold War. They flip on the rotating radar unit, lead a stroll through the Testing and Assembly building, and end up taking tour groups via elevator to the underground storage area.

SF-88 is on some of the most beautiful and valuable real estate of any missile base, so it's a small wonder it has been saved (The NPS maintains another declawed Nike Base on the East Coast, on NJ's Sandy Hook).

Radar units.

Though no longer launch-ready, volunteers continue to repair and spruce up the facility so that future generations won't forget the Nike Missile Program.

Also see: Titan Missile Museum | New Jersey Nike Missile Base

Nike Missile Site SF88L

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Address:
Bunker Rd, Sausalito, CA
Directions:
In the Headlands just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Take Alexander Avenue (first) exit, turn right, then first left to tunnel. Go through tunnel and stay on Bunker Road for approximately 2.5 miles. At fork in the road, stay to left on Field Road. Site SF-88L will be the first right beyond the Visitor Center parking lot.
Hours:
Tours on half hour. W-F 12:30-3:30 pm and 1st Sa /mo, 12:30-3:30. (Call to verify)
Phone:
415-331-1453
Admission:
Free.
RA Rates:
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