One of the more interesting places we visited while in San Francisco was Cliff House. Originally built in 1863, it is considered to be the "Crown Jewel" of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The original 1863 Cliff House structure was destroyed by fire Christmas day 1894. It was rebuilt in 1894 to resemble a beautiful French Chateau. It survived the 1906 earthquake only to be destroyed by fire on Sept 7th, 1907. This raging fired destroyed Cliff House in less than 2 hours. The 3rd Cliff House reopened July 1st, 1909 and was Neoclassical in design. Cliff House was finally acquired by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 1977. Today it is a restaurant and gift shop. The views are spectacular and well worth the drive out.
You can learn more history & see vintage photos at CliffHouse.com