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.
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.
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.