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Lands End, San Francisco

4.8
#2 of 65 in Outdoors in San Francisco
Covering the northwesternmost corner of San Francisco, Lands End lets you enjoy the outdoors and gives you insight into the city’s history. The park offers easy hiking and cycling trails, picnic areas, and views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the ocean. The treacherous waters of the Pacific have been the scourge of many mariners, and during low tide, you can see shipwrecks dotting the coastline. The trails take you to a memorial dedicated to the USS San Francisco, one of the most decorated battleships of World War II, and the ruins of Sutro Baths, once the world’s largest swimming pool complex. Consider dressing in layers, as the weather close to the ocean can be chilly. Fog can sometimes obscure the views. Add Lands End and other attractions to your San Francisco trip itinerary using our San Francisco itinerary maker.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This is a great place for iconic photographs of classically beautiful California vistas. If there is no fog there are great shots of the Golden Gate Bridge. Be prepared it can be a bit rugged with lot...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Lands End is a beautiful and wild area that is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is located in the most western part of San Francisco. A trail through the Woods (gravel, with some steps sometimes) allows you to descend, in half an hour (the eye that the return climb!), until a wild Beach (Mile Rock Beach) ocean, while allowing to have large and spectacular views of the Golden Gate. Keep in mind that in the area there are neither bars nor public baths (think before you ...), but it is precisely the isolation from the world and the fact that it is in an area not very touristy (though patrons of the place are not lacking ...) that makes this trip spectacular. Luca
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  • August 12, 2017
    Nice hike. Lots of steps. Consider the personality of a young child before taking them there. They'd enjoy the hike but once out there, the drop off is quite high and there is no safety rail. Kids wil...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    Amazing view from here. There is a short easy hike around here and you get a great view of the Golden gate bridge. It can get chilly so carry a jacket. It is so calm and peaceful here! You can look right into the ocean from the top. If you are lucky you can catch some dolphins and whales.
  • June 26, 2017
    What's not to love? The parking is tough and it gets crowded on weekends. But it is still worth it. Yesterday we saw whales frolicking of shore. Great for out of town guests who aren't hikers and want to get a coastal experience. Well used trails with plenty of places to bail out to city streets. Traffic in & out of the city almost had me rate it 4 stars, but its not really related so.
  • May 27, 2017
    I love the views of the Golden Gate bridge. My first hike on the trail was awesome. Since it was my first I didn't know what to expect but every turn was a gorgeous view of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. I am a fit health nut so this place is a must if you hike!
  • July 9, 2017
    Great moderate walk along the coast. Amazing views of the ocean and the golden gate bridge. Could even see whales occasionally in the water. Not too crowd and lots of places to get photos.
  • May 3, 2017
    Have been here twice already. Once we came during winter in January and 2nd time end of April. World of a difference, should be experienced in all weather types but I prefer sunny days. Breathtaking views of the ocean, lighthouse, Lobos rock, golden gate etc... Gorgeous paths to hike and lose yourself in the sunset views. Good place to be alone and meditate also. It does get fairly windy and cold after sunset so come prepared :)

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