Built in the late 19th century, the Sutro Baths were once the world's largest and most extravagant indoor public bathhouse. Welcoming the Pacific Ocean to the coast of California, the baths in their heyday housed seven swimming pools, 500 dressing rooms, and a concert hall. Interestingly enough, water would flow directly into the pools from the ocean during high tide, recycling two million gallons of water in an hour. As awesome as all this sounds, the baths struggled because of high costs and conveniently a fire in 1966 did the building in while it was being demolished.
Today, what remains of the Sutro Baths are beautiful ruins that are surrounded by sandy cliffs, green pastures, and the crashing ocean. The location is striking in and of itself but what makes it even more picturesque is the enveloping fog, which makes climbing staircases, peering off platforms, and traversing abandoned tunnels all the more mysterious.
After you've had your fill of exploring the outdoors at Lands End, it's time to grab a bite at either Louis' Restaurant or The Cliff House Bistro. Both serve a casual dining experience with phenomenal views. Be democratic and make a decision as a group!
Meeting point: The Lands End Lookout Visitors Center.
Leaders, Louis' is open everyday from 6am to 6pm. Cliff House is open from 9am to 3:30pm and then 4:15pm to 9:30pm.