Combine one of San Francisco’s best hiking trails with one its best museums for a dose of the coast and some culture! Start from the new visitor center, Lands End
Lookout. The mostly flat Coastal Trail is popular for obvious reasons: stunning vistas of the Golden Gate, Marin Headlands, and the churning Pacific. After 0.6 mile, veer up to the Legion of Honor
(a new special exhibit on Houghton Hall, one of England’s grandest country houses, opens October 18). If you’d rather get cultured with a glass of wine and a bite to eat, the Legion of Honor Café can be accessed without paying the general admission fee. Try to nab a table on the outdoor patio. In keeping with the upcoming Houghton Hall exhibit, the café will be offering tea time, following British traditions (cue the mini scones and marmalade). Downton SF!?
TIP: Looking to take just a quick spin through the museum? Time your hike so that you arrive at the Legion of Honor after 4:30 p.m. and general admission is free (the museum is only open until 5:15 p.m.).
Walk 0.6 mile on the Coastal Trail from Lands End parking lot. When you see the “Bike Route” sign pointing right and uphill, follow that trail. It winds up through Lincoln Park golf course and ends up right at the Legion of Honor. Return the way you came. The hiking trail is dog-friendly. No dogs at the museum.