Iconic San Francisco Views May Soon Cost Drivers

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Do you want to visit some of the Bay Area’s top view spots? Well, if you plan on driving, it could soon come at a cost.

The National Parks Service released a statement proposing a parking fee for several spots in San Francisco and Marin County in order to provide operations for the growing numbers of visitors at parks.

Currently, it is free to park in these areas. If approved, the proposal would charge drivers $3 per hour, with a maximum daily fee of $10, from 8 am – 5 pm to park in the following areas:

  • Baker Beach Lots
  • Merrie Way (Lands End Lookout) Lot
  • Sutro Heights Lot
  • Navy Memorial Lot & adjacent NPS roadway
  • China Beach Lot
  • Northwest Commuter Lot
  • Rodeo Beach & Fort Cronkhite Lots
  • Stinson Beach Lot

New fees for evening tours at the Point Bonita Light house are also being proposed: $16 for adults, $8 for seniors, $10 for children.

Individuals visiting outside the hours listed won’t have to pay to park. Individuals visiting without a car to park ie: bicyclists, walkers and people using public transit will not have to pay proposed fees.

“By paying these fees, visitors help to fund trash collection and custodial services, traffic control operations during peak season weekends and holidays, and repair or replacement of damaged park signs on trails, roads and parking lots. Fee revenue also goes toward critical visitor protection services including ocean safety operations,” NPS said.

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