The Scenic Land’s End National Preserve In San Francisco

Arguably one of the most scenic spots in all of California is tucked away on the most north-western part of San Francisco is called “Land’s End” because that is literally the spot where all of land ends and the great Pacific Ocean begins. Travelers visiting San Francisco often go for the main attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf with local seafood, or the historic cable cars, but as someone who has lived in San Francisco for over 15 years, whenever someone from out of town visits me while traveling, I always take them to Land’s End.

Golden Gate Bridge by Alex Genadinik

Golden Gate Bridge by Alex Genadinik

Land’s End is a nationally preserved area with a few miles of hiking trails, a golf course, and an art and sculpture museum called the Palace of Legion of Honor. There is about an hour an half of great hiking trails, nearly all of which are on top of a cliffs along the Pacific Ocean. The cliffs offer visitors surreal vistas into the depths of the Pacific Ocean to the West, the historic Golden Gate Bridge to the east, and Marin to the north, all while having foamy waves crash against the rocks of the cliffs about a hundred feet below. Do not forget that San Francisco is known for its fog, so try to pick a clear day to visit Land’s End or you will get beautiful vistas of nothing but fog in every direction.

Cliffs at Land's End by Alex Genadinik

Cliffs at Land’s End by Alex Genadinik

There are a few ascents and descents along the way, but the terrain isn’t harsh. The hike can be tiring enough to make the visitors want some rest after the trails are over. People who still have energy after hiking should definitely visit the Palace of Legion of Honor which is the museum right inside the National Park. The museum features masterworks from the 14th through the 20th centuries by artists like Rubens, Rembrandt, Watteau, Gainsborough, Monet, Bouguereau, Matisse, and Picasso.

The hike and the museum together sum up to a few hours of standing and walking on your feet, and can be pretty tiring. Nevertheless, it is a great way to experience one of the hidden gems of San Francisco tucked away far from many of the main tourist attractions.

12 Comments

  1. Michael on October 27, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    SF has been on my wish list for ages. Seems like a beautiful place. Everyone talks so highly of it. I’ll keep this place in mind when I do go.

  2. Michael on October 27, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    SF has been on my wish list for ages. Seems like a beautiful place. Everyone talks so highly of it. I’ll keep this place in mind when I do go.

  3. KG on October 29, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    I can’t believe, with all the times I’ve been to San Francisco, I’ve never visited SF’s Land’s End. Thanks for posting this, Alex. I now have a new addition to my local itinerary for when I go back to California. 🙂

  4. KG on October 30, 2010 at 12:21 am

    I can’t believe, with all the times I’ve been to San Francisco, I’ve never visited SF’s Land’s End. Thanks for posting this, Alex. I now have a new addition to my local itinerary for when I go back to California. 🙂

  5. Alex Genadinik on October 29, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Hi guys, glad you liked the post 🙂

  6. Alex Genadinik on October 30, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Hi guys, glad you liked the post 🙂

  7. enrolled agent course on November 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Even though I’m just an hour away from San Francisco, I have never been to this place. I love discovering new places and trying new experiences. Pretty sure I will visit Land’s End next time.

    • Michael on November 18, 2010 at 11:52 pm

      Nice! Let us know how it is.

  8. enrolled agent course on November 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Even though I’m just an hour away from San Francisco, I have never been to this place. I love discovering new places and trying new experiences. Pretty sure I will visit Land’s End next time.

    • Michael on November 19, 2010 at 12:52 am

      Nice! Let us know how it is.

  9. Abi on May 30, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Cool. There’s a Land’s End in England, too, at the western tip of Cornwall – although it sounds as though this one has a better claim to the title!

  10. Abi on May 30, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Cool. There’s a Land’s End in England, too, at the western tip of Cornwall – although it sounds as though this one has a better claim to the title!

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