Lands End Lookout

One of the top places in San Francisco to catch the sunset, Lands End offers whimsical, winding trails through rocky cliffs. Located in the northwestern corner of San Francisco, the park sits inside of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The park encompasses multiple historic sites, monuments, a golf course, multiple trails and a shoreline labyrinth with excellent views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Past visitors appreciated the historic ruins of the Sutro Baths, which San Franciscans used as a recreational swimming facility from 1898 to 1964. The baths were demolished in 1964, then further destroyed by a fire in 1996, leaving the structure that travelers can visit today. Similarly, the park’s iconic Cliff House was destroyed twice by fire, but it was rebuilt each time. Now, the Cliff House offers a space for travelers to enjoy a meal or drink.

The heart of Lands End is the Land End Lookout visitor center, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes exhibits and videos on the nature and cultural history of the area. Entrance to the park and the visitor center are free. Cultural enthusiasts will want to stop by the nearby Legion of Honor museum as well, which houses multiple eras of European art. The Legion of Honor is open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Admission costs $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for students and is free for children 17 and younger.

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