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Lands End - California, United States

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Lands End is San Francisco’s wildest and rockiest coast, a place strewn with shipwrecks and rife with landslides. These wave- and wind-carved headlands west of the Golden Gate connect two popular landmarks: the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor. The Spanish named Lands End’s westernmost promontory Point Lobos, so-called for the many lobos marinos (sea wolves, or sea lions as they’re known today) that once hauled up on the rocks offshore. The rocks are now roosts for two dark bird species, cormorants and oystercatchers, among others. Trails at Lands End offer a cliff-top walk through shadowy cypress, with scenic overlooks, 30-mile views of the coast, and foot access to several shoreline pocket beaches.

The drive-in vista point at Point Lobos and 48th avenues above the Cliff House presents grand views of the Pacific coast. There stands a memorial to the USS San Francisco, a WW II cruiser that sustained 45 hits and 25 fires during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. The names of the 107 men lost in the battle are engraved in the memorial, flanked by the actual shell-riddled bridge of the warship.

Tips:
Prepare for cooler temperatures than most other places in San Francisco. Suitable for a museum visit at the Legion of Honor as well.
Tags:
Lands End, Sutro Baths, san francisco, Legion of Honor
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Trip Info
May 27, 2009
Trip Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Length: 3.4 miles
Duration: 2 hours
Activity: Walking
Trip viewed 1,848 times
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