In the never ending quest of giving you a Cheapskate’s Handbook for a multitude of cities (you may have noticed it’s started with San Diego and San Francisco), allow me to introduce you to one of the most beautiful places to visit in all of San Francisco and one of the best free things to do in the city as well. The spot is also not known by many locals -let alone tourists, so it is relatively uncrowded, not to mention you’ll look really cool knowing about it. Plan to spend at least half a day here, as there is plenty to see and do.
Place: Land’s End Trail
Point Lobos Ave & Merrie Way -Google Map here
Golden Gate Recreation Area
San Francisco, 94121
Rating: 5 out of 5
These nature-laced trails are some of the most unique, wild and rocky areas of all of San Francisco. Walking through this park takes you back to the San Francisco early explorers would have seen. Nature’s beauty is reavealed in all forms -flowers, bunnies, birds, wild cypress trees and crashing ocean waves.
Just to the East of this recreation area are the famous Sutro Baths, a mere memory of the early 1900’s bathhouse that once stood along these cliffs. Now there are just hallow shells of concrete, marked with stairs leading into filthy pools of water and algae. Just past the baths lie an incredible cave that leaves you feeling like a swashbuckler seeking a spot to hide ill-gained treasure.
If you walk down the first steep and winding trail that brings you to a rocky beach, you may see some nude sun bathers, dogs chasing toys and live marine life. The rocks are adorned with star fish, mussels and more. If you walk South a little way further along this beach, you’ll eventually run into the bathroom that fell off the cliffs so many years ago. Now it is a graffiti artist’s palate, concrete walls leaning every which way and all decorated in an array of colors and designs.
Or, if you neglect to go down the curvy trail, you will see across the Bay to beautiful Marin and you will get one of the most stunning, yet least seen, views of the Golden Gate Bridge around. Why pay over $5 to drive across the bridge when this park gives you an absolutely stunnning view for absolutely free?
Wherever you head in this vast nature park, you’ll be sure to see something beautiful and absolutely breath taking. So what are you waiting for?