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When you think of bathhouses, you probably don’t think of coastal California. But San Francisco has its very own bath house ruins right along the ocean. The Sutro Baths were originally built in 1896 by Adolph Sutro, an eccentric, wealthy entrepreneur and former mayor of San Francisco. At the time, it was the world’s largest indoor swimming pool, with six saltwater pools and one freshwater pool. It was built on the beach under the famous Cliff House so that when the tide came in, it would fill the pools. During low tide, a large pump would bring in the water. The facility burned down in 1966, and now all that remains are the ruins of the once-great Sutro Baths.

Sitting next to the original Sutro Baths is Lands End, a shoreline park which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. It connects to the famous Coastal Trail, which leads you along the rocky coastline ridge to Mile Rock Point, Mile Rock Beach and eventually to the Golden Gate Bridge. Lands End is a popular hiking destination for locals due to its breathtaking views and convenience in location, being in San Francisco proper.

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      lyman

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      Great for hiking

      5/ 5

      To make a full day of this, be sure to explore down in Sutro Baths and the cave that once houses the water pump, take a short hike on the Lands End Coastal Trail to catch views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and then have a nice meal at the Cliff House, another famous San Francisco landmark. If you still have time after this, roll out a blanket at Ocean Beach and watch the surfers. Just be wary of getting in the water because the current is very strong.

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