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Known as a largely residential neighborhood, the Richmond district is also one of the city’s most diverse, with excellent eating options and some of the best urban hiking in the city.

History: German mining magnate (and mayor) Adolph Sutro bought these sand dunes in the late 19th century and built Sutro Baths, then the worlds largest indoor swimming pool complex. When the Southern Pacific Railroad company decided to gouge customers for the long trip out to the beachside attraction, Sutro secured his status as a populist hero by building his own line and charging a nickel a ticket.

Don’t Miss: Take a culinary tour of East Asia along Clement Street, where you’ll find some of the city’s best dim sum, noodle, and soup shops. On Clement, just up from Sixth Avenue, sprawling, labyrinthine used bookstore Green Apple Books has been a neighborhood institution since 1967. If you make your way all the way down to the water, head to Sutro Heights Park and the historic Cliff House restaurant for stunning views of the water and the Sutro Bath ruins. Trek farther still, down the Lands End Trail that wraps around the Legion of Honor fine art Museum, to see the city’s best views of the Golden Gate.


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