You think today’s millionaires in San Francisco are transforming the city? Go back to the 1880s and check out Adolph Sutro’s resume: mining engineer, mayor of San Francisco, millionaire, and developer of Sutro Heights—one of the best places in the city to catch the sunset. Mr. Sutro knew a good location when he saw it. The sweet spot is perched above Ocean Beach, overlooking the Pacific and the Cliff House: Sutro Heights Park was once the grounds of Sutro’s ornate estate, complete with hundreds of European statues, exotic trees, and formal gardens. Most of it’s gone now, but the park is still a wonderful place for a stroll, and an even better place to watch the sunset. The parapet offers the best view; this raised promontory encircled by an ornate stone wall looks out to Ocean Beach and the giant Dutch windmills of Golden Gate Park. If the wind’s right, you’ll see kiteboarders zipping across the waves, their neon kites glowing in the setting sun.
Enter the park at the corner of 48th Ave. and Point Lobos Ave. Dog-friendly!