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Lands End, San Francisco

4.8
#2 of 64 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. Put Lands End into our San Francisco holiday maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Unfortunately the mist had rolled in to the bay and visibility was minimal. We were on a guided tour so still learnt about what we couldn't see  more »
  • I cannot put into words how beautiful and otherworldly these ruins are. Complete with a restaurant and cafe, tunnels, and hiking trails, Land's End is simply stunning.  more »
  • This is worth the effort to get to if you're into historical ruins. DO venture down to the actual ruins and walk through the nearby tunnel. I'm not sure what it was for, but the experience was great. ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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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From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
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