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Forest in Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument

Wander among an ancient stand of the world's tallest trees in 550-acre Muir Woods. The 1-mile Main Trail Loop is a gentle walk alongside Redwood Creek to the 1000-year-old trees at Cathedral Grove; it returns via Bo…
National Park in Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

A rough-hewn beauty, Point Reyes National Seashore boasts marine mammals and birds, as well as scores of shipwrecks. Follow Sir Francis Drake Blvd west out to the point’s edge-of-the-world lighthouse, whipped by fer…
Top Choice Lighthouse in Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes Lighthouse

At the very end of Sir Francis Drake Blvd, with wild terrain and ferocious winds, this spot feels like the end of the earth and offers the best whale-watching along the coast. The lighthouse sits below the headlands…
Top Choice Observatory in Bolinas

Palomarin Field Station

Off Mesa Rd west of downtown and formerly known as the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Point Blue's Palomarin Field Station has bird-banding and netting demonstrations, an unstaffed visitor center and a nature trail. …
Top Choice Lighthouse in Marin Headlands

Point Bonita Lighthouse

At the end of Conzelman Rd, this lighthouse is a breathtaking half-mile walk from a small parking area. From the tip of Point Bonita, you can see the distant Golden Gate Bridge and beyond it the San Francisco skylin…
Top Choice State Park in Angel Island

Angel Island State Park

Rising from the middle of San Francisco Bay, Angel Island has served as a military base, immigration station, WWII Japanese internment camp and Nike missile site, leaving it some interesting and thought-provoking fo…
Deli in Point Reyes Station

Cowgirl Creamery at Tomales Bay Foods

An indoor marketplace in an old barn sells picnic items, including gourmet cheeses and organic produce. Reserve a spot in advance for the artisanal cheesemaker’s demonstration and tasting ($5); watch the curd-making…
Seafood in Point Reyes Station

Hog Island Oyster Company

North of Point Reyes Station, you’ll find the salty turnout for Hog Island Oyster Company. There’s hardly much to see: just some picnic tables and BBQ grills, an outdoor cafe and a window selling their famously silk…
Top Choice Museum in Angel Island

Angel Island Immigration Station

Nicknamed the 'Ellis Island of the West,' Angel Island's early 20th-century US Immigration Station is a 1.5-mile walk or bike ride from the ferry dock. Groups of five or more can call to reserve guided tours at leas…
Top Choice Architecture in Sausalito

Sausalito Houseboats

Bohemia still thrives along the shoreline of Richardson Bay, where free spirits inhabit hundreds of quirky homes that bobble in the waves amongst the seabirds and seals. Structures range from psychedelic mural-splas…