If you're willing to be a convenient Geary bus ride away from downtown San Francisco activities, the Seal Rock Inn can offer you a wonderful oasis at the end of your tourist day. As long as you can handle waking up with this view:Lands End — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy
But don't feel like you're stranded on the edge of the Earth if you're at Seal Rock. You'll be staying within sight of three popular destinations: Sutro Heights Park, Lands End National Recreation Area, and The Cliff House. In fact, for those days you don't feel like tromping all the way downtown, you can make a full day of it right outside your door.
Lands End Visitors Center — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy
Start off with a brisk morning hike through Sutro Heights Park, enjoying the view of Ocean Beach before crossing back over Geary Street and entering Lands End National Recreation Area. These trails have been recently renovated, and the truly hearty could walk all the way to Golden Gate Bridge and beyond from this point. Whether you're up for a short or long hike, don't miss touring the new visitor's center, which has fantastic film footage from the 1906 earthquake and other interesting oddities of the area, including the old Sutro Baths.
The Cliff House — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy
Depending on how late in the day it is, grab lunch or dinner at the Cliff House. If it's a Saturday night, stick around for the jazz sessions - that is, if you enjoy drinking a martini while listening to jazz and watching the sun set over the Pacific.
The Seal Rock has all the amenities that a caliber of city like San Francisco would offer. They are also known for their Sunday brunches and free ping pong, but, really, it's all about location, location location. And, on that score, The Seal Rock can't be beat.