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San Francisco County

Surrounded by water on three sides, San Francisco has a wealth of accessible shoreline attractions. You can easily spend days exploring the most famous spots—the Ferry Building, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Fort Point, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Yet there is much more to see and do along the city’s 29.5-mile shoreline, and along the bayshore.

The ocean shoreline, from the headlands just west of the Golden Gate Bridge to Land’s End and along the coast to Daly City, is mostly parkland and beaches. Here you can explore old military installations, take in views of the Golden Gate and its bridge from Baker Beach and the rocky cliffs of Land’s End, stop at the Cliff House to see the Camera Obscura (a giant optical device), view the 1930s murals inside the Beach Chalet and roll along Ocean Beach.

A trip along the bayside from China Basin south of the Bay Bridge to the crashing surf at Fort Point, beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, takes you past the Ferry Building, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf,
Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, and Crissy Field. You won't want to travel this entire seven-mile stretch of Bay Trail all at once; if you do, you’ll miss too much. But if you want to take a long ride with amazing views, follow the Bay Trail from Lower Fort Mason to Fort Point.



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