The Outer Richmond is an outdoor lovers’ paradise. Even when the fog rolls in, the neighborhood’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean and its sweeping panoramic vistas creative a mystic, even romantic vibe. The area situated between Golden Gate Park to the south and the Presidio national park to the north was a popular recreation destination during the 19th and 20th centuries, when it was known as the “Outside Lands,” and the area still attracts a plethora of visitors with its many beautiful natural sites. Today, the Outer Richmond is a desirable residential community known for its plentiful outdoor treasures. Just steps away is tranquil Ocean Beach, where residents can enjoy everything from sunbathing and strolling, to diving and dog walking. Nearby Land’s End Park, the Presidio and Golden Gate Park boast dozens of hiking trails and scenic picnic spots. And inside the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Baker Beach and China Beach offer more sunbathing and sunset-viewing opportunities.

For those who love to soak up the culture, the Outer Richmond is perfect. From the art museums in Golden Gate Park and the internationally acclaimed shows at the Legion of Honor in the Presidio, to the historic WPA murals within Beach Chalet and the Sutro Bath ruins near the ocean, there’s so much beauty and history to soak up. Residents can enjoy all of this, plus friendly neighbors and a diverse assortment of restaurants and retail establishments. The main commercial drags—Geary Boulevard, Clement Street and Balboa Street—overflow with a wide assortment of ethnic eateries, while grocery stores and shops reflect the many cultures that have settled in this easygoing neighborhood through the decades. And there’s an added bonus for folks who live here: Unlike in neighboring Inner and Central Richmond, the parking here is pretty easy to come by. ©2016 Maryann LoRusso

The 18-hole golf course at Lincoln Park offers sweeping views of the city and the bay.

The 18-hole golf course at Lincoln Park offers sweeping views of the city and the bay.

The Legion of Honor is one of the country’s finest art museums.

The Legion of Honor is one of the country’s finest art museums.

China Beach is perfect for sunbathing and yoga and offers gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

China Beach is perfect for sunbathing and yoga and offers gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Cliff House, built in 1909, is home to several restaurants with breathtaking views.

The Cliff House, built in 1909, is home to several restaurants with breathtaking views.

Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park was opened in 1898 as a venue for model-boat sailing.

Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park was opened in 1898 as a venue for model-boat sailing.

Offering freshly caught seafood and free wine while customers wait for a table, Pacific Café on Geary is a neighborhood institution.

Offering freshly caught seafood and free wine while customers wait for a table, Pacific Café on Geary is a neighborhood institution.

Louis’ Restaurant diner, perched over the water near the site of the old Sutro Baths, has been serving diner food with great views since 1937.

Louis’ Restaurant diner, perched over the water near the site of the old Sutro Baths, has been serving diner food with great views since 1937.

Cassava on Balboa Street serves modern breakfast, lunch and dinner fare in a sleek, light-filled atmosphere.

Cassava on Balboa Street serves modern breakfast, lunch and dinner fare in a sleek, light-filled atmosphere.

The historic Balboa Theatre specializes in European and Indie art flicks.

The historic Balboa Theatre specializes in European and Indie art flicks.

Outside Lands is a three-day music festival held in Golden Gate Park.

Outside Lands is a three-day music festival held in Golden Gate Park.

Sutro Heights Park boasts 18 acres of scenic walking trails.

Sutro Heights Park boasts 18 acres of scenic walking trails.

From Lands End Vista Point you can observe the Golden Gate Bridge and the Headlands.

From Lands End Vista Point you can observe the Golden Gate Bridge and the Headlands.