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Coastal Trail

Walk through some of the most beautiful scenery in San Francisco along Lands End’s oceanfront trail from where you can see iconic sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge.

Experience San Francisco at its most scenic on the Coastal Trail in the iconic Lands End parkland. Both visitors and locals run and stroll along the trail to appreciate the scenery and enjoy the great outdoors.

Many people call the Coastal Trail the “Main Street” of Lands End, and with good reason. Discover innumerable attractions and sights along its 3-mile (5-kilometer) length. Enter the trail at the ruins of the Sutro Baths near Ocean Beach. Alternatively, walk the trail in reverse and begin at the Lincoln Park Golf Course.

Take a detour down to China Beach. The secluded sandy cove is one of San Francisco’s hidden gems. Enjoy a picnic, wade in the surf or search for shells along the beach. See if you can beat the maze at Eagle Point Labyrinth and enjoy the views at Point Lobos, the park’s westernmost promontory.

The views along the Coastal Trail are tremendous. See the scarlet Golden Gate Bridge shimmering in the sun to the north. Frequently it may be peeking through the fog. Look out toward the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean and see the rugged Marin Headlands across the bay. Watch for the plants and animals around you. Cypress and eucalyptus trees provide shade, while chickadees, sparrows and other birds warble from their branches.

Learn more about the area and its history at the Lands End Lookout. Set off from the trail a bit, the modern facility offers educational exhibits, a small gift shop and even a café.

The trail is not too strenuous, suitable for the entire family. Walkers, runners and bikers use the trail, so be conscious of others along the route.

Park your car in one of the several lots at either end of the Coastal Trail. Consider taking public transportation to reach the trailhead. Muni bus lines run along nearby Geary Boulevard. Take advantage of the restroom and drinking water facilities at the Lands End Lookout.


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Rodeway Inn and Suites CA $111
Rodeway Inn and Suites

Rodeway Inn and Suites

1234 Great Highway, San Francisco, CA
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Sunset District, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach. San Francisco Zoo and California Academy of Sciences are also within 3 miles (5 km). Judah St & 46th Ave Stop is 8 minutes by foot and Judah St & 43rd Ave Stop is 11 minutes.

    Geary Parkway Motel CA $110
    Geary Parkway Motel

    Geary Parkway Motel

    4750 Geary Blvd, Richmond District, San Francisco, CA
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Richmond District, this motel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Steinhart Aquarium, Golden Gate Park and California Academy of Sciences. University of San Francisco and De Young Museum are also within 1 mile (2 km). Irving St & 9th Ave Stop is 27 minutes by foot and Irving St & 8th Ave Stop is 28 minutes.

      SeaScape Inn - A FairBridge Hotel CA $165
      SeaScape Inn - A FairBridge Hotel

      SeaScape Inn - A FairBridge Hotel

      4340 Judah St, San Francisco, CA
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Sunset District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Beach and Golden Gate Park. San Francisco Zoo and University of California San Francisco are also within 3 miles (5 km). Judah St & 46th Ave Stop is only a 3-minute walk and Judah St & 43rd Ave Stop is 6 minutes.

        Beach Motel CA $110
        Beach Motel

        Beach Motel

        4211 Judah Street, San Francisco, CA
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Sunset District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ocean Beach and Golden Gate Park. San Francisco Zoo and California Academy of Sciences are also within 3 miles (5 km). Judah St & 46th Ave Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Judah St & 43rd Ave Stop is 5 minutes.

          Holiday Inn Golden Gateway CA $178
          Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

          Holiday Inn Golden Gateway

          1500 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown San Francisco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Van Ness Avenue and The Regency Ballroom. San Francisco City Hall and Lombard Street are also within 1 mile (2 km). California St & Van Ness Ave Stop is only a 2-minute walk and California St & Polk St Stop is 2 minutes.

            Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel CA $160
            Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

            Laurel Inn, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel

            444 Presidio Ave, San Francisco, CA
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Western Addition, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center and University of San Francisco. Palace of Fine Arts and Golden Gate Park are also within 2 miles (3 km). California St & Van Ness Ave Stop is 29 minutes by foot.

              Inn at Golden Gate CA $117
              Inn at Golden Gate

              Inn at Golden Gate

              2707 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Marina District, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Walt Disney Family Museum, Presidio of San Francisco and Ghirardelli Square. Golden Gate Park and Pier 39 are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hyde St & Greenwich St Stop is 30 minutes by foot and Hyde St & Chestnut St Stop is 30 minutes.

                Stanyan Park Hotel CA $216
                Stanyan Park Hotel

                Stanyan Park Hotel

                750 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Haight-Ashbury, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Golden Gate Park and University of California San Francisco. University of San Francisco and Palace of Fine Arts are also within 3 mi (5 km). Carl St & Stanyan St Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Carl Street & Cole Street Station is 7 minutes.