During the tense years from 1953 to 1979, the United States Army built and operated a total of 280 Nike missile firing batteries in the United States, emplaced as the last line of defense against Soviet bombers. Today, site SF-88 in the Marin Headlands has been turned into a museum, and is the only restored Nike missile site in the country.
Visit SF-88 and see the tools of the Cold War up close. The site is open Thursdays - Saturdays, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m., with guided walks beginning every hour. There's also an "open house" on the first Saturday of every month, with veterans on handto give personal accounts of their experiences at Nike missile sites.
Stay at the beautiful Marin Headlands Hostel.