San Francisco

Surfers aiming for Ocean Beach keep in sight these twin landmarks on Golden Gate Park's extreme western edge. The 1902 Dutch windmill at the northwestern end is closed due to structural concerns, but photographers swarm its magnificent Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden February to April. At the park's southwestern end, the restored 95ft-tall 1908 Murphy Windmill has resumed its original irrigation function. The windmills are off the Great Hwy near John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr Drs.

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1. Ocean Beach

0.26 MILES

The sun sets over the Pacific just beyond the fog at this blustery beach. Most days are too chilly for bikini-clad clambakes but fine for hardy…

2. Cliff House

0.56 MILES

Populist millionaire Adolph Sutro imagined the Cliff House as a working man's paradise in 1863, but Sutro's dream has been rebuilt three times. The latest…

3. Buffalo Paddock

0.59 MILES

Since 1899, this has been Golden Gate Park's home where the buffalo roam – though technically, they're bison. SF's mellow, well-fed herd rarely moves –…

4. Sutro Baths

0.69 MILES

It's hard to imagine from these ruins, but Victorian dandies and working stiffs once converged here for bracing baths in woolen rental swimsuits…

5. Lands End


Looking out from Lands End feels like surveying the edge of the world. Nestled on the point of land between Golden Gate Park and the Presidio, the park's…

6. Legion of Honor

1.06 MILES

The Legion of Honor, or more formally known as the “California Palace of the Legion of Honor”, is a part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. It is…

7. Lincoln Park

1.09 MILES

America's legendary coast-to-coast Lincoln Hwy officially ends at 100-acre Lincoln Park, which served as San Francisco's cemetery until 1909. The city's…

8. Golden Gate Park


When Frederick Law Olmsted, architect of New York's Central Park, gazed in 1865 upon the plot of land San Francisco Mayor Frank McCoppin wanted to turn…