1. Get lost in Lands End
Well, not literally. But definitely figuratively do with views of old shipwrecks, access to the epic ruins of Sutro Baths, pocket beaches, and a new Lands End Lookout Visitor Center where you can see basically EVERYTHING.
2. The California Coastal Trail
Hike or bike the best nine miles of waterfront views from Lands End to the Presidio.
3. Mount Sutro or Corona Heights
Need to get away, and get back in touch with nature? Take an urban hike at either of these spots.
4. Check out Sutro Baths
Yes, the Sutro Baths are technically part of Lands End, but completely deserving of their own trip. Plus, this is our list, so we do what we want.
5. Walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge
There’s a toll to drive across, but walking or biking the iconic bridge is totally free. While you’re there, check out the outdoor mini-museum on the history of the bridge.
6. Fort Point
Fort Point was built during the Gold Rush to protect the Bay against foreign attack and is now a National Historic Site. You can learn all about it during a free guided tour, where they’ll probably also point out that it’s where Kim Novak leapt into the Bay in Hitchcock’s Vertigo.
7. Bike the Wiggle
Or any of these hill-free routes: Valencia St, Polk St, Fell & Oak, or 17th St.
8. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Every fall, over 100 musical artists perform on seven stages throughout Golden Gate Park. For free. And you can BYOB and BYO-pups.
9. ‘Fog Bridge’ at Piers 15 & 17
In case you’re somehow not getting enough of the fog, head to this permanent Exploratorium exhibit where water is pumped at high pressure through more than 800 nozzles lining the bridge to create an immersive environment where you’re shrouded in dense fog. So basically, it’s just like going to the Golden Gate Bridge in July. The Fog Bridge does its thing daily at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm, and on Thursday and Friday at 7pm.
10. Watch the Bay Lights
The light sculpture now shines permanently from dusk to dawn. A good spot to see them is along the Embarcadero, but a better spot is at one of the waterfront bars along the Embarcadero... though you’ll have to throw down some cash for your drink.