There’s a full moon this weekend (October 13) … so where’s one of the most unique places to bathe in the glow? The famous ruins of San Francisco’s Sutro Baths—once the world’s largest indoor swimming pool—bring a novel mystique that isn’t found during the day.
Make the moonlight walk to the crumbling remains, and sit at a vantage above the roaring waves where the Pacific meets the San Francisco Bay. Descend the wooden stairs from the main parking area and follow the short trail to the Point Lobos overlook for far-and-wide views of the mercurial sea. If there’s fog, the visuals are heightened as the moon mingles with the misty seascape.
HALLOWEEN SEASON BONUS: There’s a story about the ghost of a young woman who drowned and was swept out to sea in these parts. Fearless types (or those who just like to freak themselves out) sometimes call to her from the ruins, and she’s been known to steal candles from visitors, extinguishing them at sea. Ghost there if you dare!
Sutro Baths is located at the north end of Ocean Beach, where Geary Blvd. and the Great Hwy. meet. The parking lot is next to Land’s End Lookout (680 Point Lobos Ave.). The parking lot closes at 1 a.m. Dog-friendly!