LINCOLN PARK/LAND'S END
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Lincoln Park is perched high above the Pacific Ocean where the view of the pounding surf, Golden Gate and Marin Headlands are unparalleled. The park is home to the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, a Neoclassical masterpiece modeled after the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur in Paris. This memorial to the Californians killed in World War I is also home to San Francisco's Fine Arts Museum, closed for underground expansion and seismic renovation.
Although the museum is the main attraction here, the park still merits a stop to revel in the architectural splendor, photograph the spectacular views and observe one of the five original bronze casts of Rodin's Thinker which is the centerpiece of the Court of Honor, the museums main entrance.
Also located in the 275-acre park is the 18-hole Lincoln Park Golf
|Course. The course, lined with Monterey cypress trees and offering sweeping views to the Golden Gate Bridge, is a perfect setting for a relaxing game.
Experienced hikers will enjoy a closer look at San Francisco's rugged coastline by exploring the Land's End Trail. The trail, formerly a narrow-gauge road for trains which operated from 1888 to 1906, begins near the end of Camino del Mar in Lincoln Park, winds around the cliffs and passes through Cypress tree groves before ending near the Cliff House parking lot. Bring a camera, the views are spectacular along the way.
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