If you are thinking about relocating to the area, San Francisco real estate listings will show you what is available, but they can’t fill you in on all the details that make this city so magical. It is sharing a bonfire with strangers at Seabridge Beach, enjoying a view of the bridge from Marin Headland and venturing up the hill at Sutro Heights Park to one of the most breathtaking places in the state. Of course, if you ask a lot of locals where their favorite location is to be surrounded by peace and quiet and natural beauty, it is Land’s End.
History of the Area
One of the reasons there are early 200 Yelp reviews voting Land’s End as a favorite hiking place is because of the history of the area. From various viewpoints on the hiking trails you can see the remains of three different shipwrecks, including the Lyman Stewart (1922), Ohioan (1937) and Frank Buck (1937).
There is also the Cliff House Railroad here. Before the automobile was ever invented, residents traveled back and forth to the Pacific by horseback or carriage. By the 1800s, the Cliff House Railroad was built, which still stands in the park and offers some great photo opportunities of wildflowers.
Hiking the Park
This is without a doubt one of the best places to hike in the state. The views of Marin Headlands, Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay are awe-inspiring. There are several different areas of the park to enjoy. Some are popular for walks and joggers while other dense trails and old washed out bridges beckon the nature enthusiast. Be prepared to stop a lot though, because it will seem like there is a new view that captures your attention and demands pictures every few minutes.
When you enter the park, you will begin your hike at its visitor center. This is definitely worth exploring if you want to learn a little about the nature you’ll encounter. There are also some nice items for sale, so you will want to stop in again before you leave.
You will walk in the Coastal Trail, which basically puts you right on the edge of the content, which is a pretty cool thought all in itself. You will come to part of the Sutro Historic District where you can gaze at beautiful gardens and wander through the ruins of the Sutro Baths.
When you find yourself on the El Camino Del Mar Trail, you will stumble across a lookout to see the USS San Francisco, a WWII cruiser that was used in 1942 in the Battle of Guadalcanal. If you packed a lunch, you will want to enjoy it just up ahead at the West Fort Miley Batteries. There is a lovely grassy picnic area here.
Exploring the Sutro Baths
The Sutro Historic District is one of the most magical places to explore in Land’s End. This 25,000-person swimming facility was built by Adolph Sutro in the 19th century. A massive 100,000 square feet of glass enclosed 517 dressing rooms, six saltwater swimming tanks, arcades and restaurants. In 1966, the Sutro Baths were destroyed by a fire. There are trails that lead directly down to the ruins by the Merrie Way parking area, or you can enjoy the view from the rocks just north of the Cliff House.
If you are looking at San Francisco real estate and wondering if the price is really worth it. Rest-assured, it certainly is! There are a multitude of hidden gems like Land’s End to be explored in and around this exciting city.
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