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The ruins of Sutro Baths

When it was destroyed by fire in 1966, Sutro Baths had already suffered years of decay from its glamorous beginnings in the late 1800s. At one time this beautifully-situated complex offered swimming in Pacific-fed salt water pools, concerts, ice skating, and even had its own train line.

By the 1960s, however, the Baths were broke and had shut down. A convenient fire brought the owners some insurance money and saved them the cost of demolishing the buildings. The land is now part of a national park and the ruins are open to intrepid visitors. In addition to exploring the various pools, you can check out the great lookout points, and walk through a tunnel that leads to an unspoiled area where you're surrounded by nothing but rocks, trees, and the Pacific Ocean.

Getting there

Take the 38 bus to the end of the line.

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