A community of stately homes along the Pacific Ocean, the Sea Cliff neighborhood of San Francisco is a prime city destination. The palm trees, ocean fog, and view of the Golden Gate Bridge together create an experience that is unique to San Francisco. Consider a hike, stroll along China Beach, or a stop at the colorful Lincoln Park Steps.
Travelers and transplants alike enjoy Sea Cliff's architecturally diverse mansions built into rocky hillsides. The neighborhood has public parks, a golf course, and nearby hiking paths. You can take a self-guided walk through Sea Cliff's winding streets to check out the homes, but to truly enjoy this seaside neighborhood, consider booking a sightseeing tour. Group tours often provide transportation, local guides, and refreshments, while private tours, though pricey, tend to include hotel pickup and customized itineraries.
Things to Know Before You Go
Bring a warm layer, since it can be windy and foggy along the Pacific Ocean.
Walking tours along the Pacific Coast are a great way to take in stunning views.
Outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
How to Get There
Located in the northwestern corner of San Francisco—just above the Outer Richmond neighborhood—Sea Cliff is best accessed by car. By public transit, the most direct bus line is the 38-Geary, which runs along Geary Boulevard. Alternatively, hop on bus 31 or 5R, heading westward, from Market and Powell streets downtown.
When to Get There
San Francisco has inviting weather all year round, though autumn is the sunniest season. Along the Pacific Ocean, it tends to be foggy and windy, and it cools down at night. Arrive in the morning to the get the most out of your day and enjoy the best views from Sea Cliff's elevation.
Visiting Lands End
Lands End Coastal Trail offers visitors a stunning hike with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean from a stretch of rough-hewn coastline. While walking this trail in Lands End, part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, you'll smell the plentiful, perfumed Eucalyptus trees. As you reach the end of the loop, enjoy mile-wide views of the Golden Gate Bridge. If you plan to visit Lands End, wear comfortable shoes, because you'll hike some stairs along the way.
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