This poetically rocky point known as Land's End, juts out into the
wide expanse of the Pacific. This dramatic and striking section of
the coast boasts rugged views of the violent surf, and the feeling that
you are standing at the edge of the world. You'll marvel that these wild
cliffs are contained within urban San Francisco. It's generally chilly and
windy here—dress warmly. @ 1-2 hours. START: Bus: 1, 38 to Clement St.
& 33rd Ave.
1 Lincoln Park. This 275-acre
boasts Monterey cypresses and
contains the California Palace
of the Legion of Honor (p 12,
bullet 5 ). Clement St. & 33rd Ave.
Bus: 1, 38.
2 Land's End Trail. Spectacular
views of the Pacific's waves crashing
against the cliffs, twisted cypress
trees, and unusual rock formations
accompany you on this 1 1 ⁄ 2 -mile
(2.4km) trek. Eagle's Point. y 415/
561-4395 to verify hours.
3 Sutro Baths. San Francisco
millionaire Adolph Sutro opened
these baths in 1897. Seven pools of
various temperatures held 1.7 mil-
lion gallons of water and could
accommodate up to 10,000 people
at a time. The baths burned in 1966,
but the concrete ruins of these
mega-pools remain .
4 Sutro Heights Park. This
small park on a bluff overlooking
Ocean Beach was once the home of
Adolph Sutro, a Prussian émigré
who created the Sutro Tunnel to
reach the Comstock silver lode, and
also served as mayor of San Fran-
cisco. La Playa Ave. & Geary Blvd.
5 Cliff House. This neoclassical
structure, acquired by the National
Park Service in 1977, contains view-
ing decks looking out to Seal Rocks,
home to a colony of sea lions and
marine birds, and two restaurants—
upscale and pricey Sutro's, and the
Cliff House Bistro (see below); both
boast breathtaking ocean views.
1090 Point Lobos (Geary St., west of
48th Ave.). y 415/386-3330. www.
cliffhouse.com. Daily 9am-9:30pm.
6 Cliff House Bistro. This
casual, old-fashioned sandwich-
and-salad spot in the Cliff House
provides a warm respite from the
wind. The view is worth the inflated
prices. Inside the Cliff House. $$.
Rocky pillars jut majestically out of the water at Ocean Beach.