How to Get Here

NOTE: If you are driving, when crossing any border into the State of California, you will be stopped for a check for plants, fruits and animals (health certificates). If you have any plants or fruit in your car, you will be required to leave them at the border.

Directions to the Presidio of Monterey

To DLI from Highway 1-South: The city of Monterey is approximately 117 miles south of San Francisco. You can approach Monterey from the north or south on Highway 1, but you won't make good time.


An alternate route to Monterey from the north is Highway 101 South to the Monterey Peninsula exit near Prunedale (Highway 156 West). This five-mile road leads to Highway 1 South and on to Monterey. You'll drive by Marina, Fort Ord and Seaside. Continue along Highway 1 to the Del Monte exit. Follow Del Monte until you approach the Fisherman's Wharf intersection. Move to the left, and follow this route past Doubletree Hotel (on your right) until you can turn left onto Pacific street. At next intersection, turn right on Franklin and follow it through the Franklin Street Gate. Taylor Hall (Bldg.616) will be the first building to your left after the stop sign inside the gate. Report there during duty hours or to Rasmussen Hall (Bldg. 614) during non-duty hours. Rasmussen Hall will be the first large building to your right after the stop sign.


After taking the Del Monte exit, bear to the right, follow the signs to Cannery Row, go through the tunnel, get into the left lane, and take the first turn to the left. It will take you into the Presidio. Continue up PVT Bolio road. Turn to the left and the third stop sign onto Franklin Street. The first building on the left is Rasmussen Hall. The first building to the right, just before the next stop sign, is Taylor Hall.

To DLI from 101-South

If you're driving in from the south, use Highway 101 to Salinas follow the Highway 68 signs to Monterey Peninsula/Highway 68 to Prescott. Turn right onto Prescott and right again at the first traffic light onto Taylor. Follow Taylor into the Presidio. Take the first left onto Lawton Road and follow it past PVT. Bolio and Kit Carson Roads. Rasmussen Hall (to your left) is on the corner of Kit Carson and Lawton roads. To reach Taylor Hall, continue on Lawton. Taylor Hall is on the corner of Lawton and Rifle Range Roads.

Interstate 5-North

If you're approaching from the east or southeast, use Interstate 5 North. Follow I-5 to the Highway 152 West connection to Highway 156. Travel along Highway 156 to Prunedale, then by Marina, Fort Ord and Seaside into Monterey. Use the directions for approaching the Presidio following the alternate route from the north given above.

Air Travel:

Several flights arrive at the Monterey Peninsula Airport each day. Limousine and taxi service is available from the airport to the Presidio. If you arrive by air, report to the limousine service desk for transportation to the post. Be sure to bring receipts for ground transportation to the post for reimbursement later.

Should your flight take you to San Francisco International Airport, visit the USO lounge in the airport. It is comfortable and has services for military travelers and their family members. The USO is located on the second floor of the main terminal above the United Airlines ticket counters. It is open 24 hours, every day.


What to do when you arrive at DLI (REPORTING PROCEDURES):


Everyone coming to the Presidio with families should be aware that the wait for military family housing can be as long as 90 days in peak moving times, and that civilian housing in the Monterey environs is expensive and scarce. The best decision is to postpone moving families to this area until housing for them has been secured.

Military assigned to the Monterey Peninsula live in military housing in the Ord Military Community (formerly Fort Ord). Housing off-post is extremely expensive with families required to pay first months rent, last months rent, plus a deposit. People with pets are usually required to pay and additional deposit, plus a monthly fee.

There is adequate housing available on post. The waiting period for on-post housing is 60-90 days, sometimes up to 120 days depending on volume and time of year.


Bus transportation from the Ord Military Community Annex to the Naval Postgraduate School and the Presidio (DLI) runs once a day each way. It leaves the OMC in the morning and returns in the evening. The local public bus company, Monterey/Salinas Transit, runs several busses a day through the Ord Military Community into town and over to the Presidio itself - about eight miles from the OMC.