Military history buffs jump at the chance to tour a restored Cold War-era Nike missile base. The lyrically named SF-88L (Field Rd. past the Headlands visitors center, 415/331-1453, www.nps.gov/goga/nike-missile-site.htm , Wed.–Fri. 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. and 1st Sat. each month, fees) is the only such restored Nike base in the United States. Volunteers continue the restoration and lead tours every half-hour at the base, which is overseen by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
On the tour, you’ll get to see the fueling area, the testing and assembly building, and even take a ride on the missile elevator down into the pits that once stored missiles created to defend the United States from the Soviet Union. Because restoration work continues endlessly, the tour changes as new areas become available to visitors.