Outdoor Activities

Point Reyes National Seashore
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Although Point Reyes is farther than Ocean Beach or Stinson, most would agree it's well-worth the drive. If you're looking for smaller crowds and a more rugged beach day, be sure to include Point Reyes National Seashore in your trip. As the name...  Read More

Although Golden Gate Park is always a good option for families staying right in San Francisco, Tilden Park in Berkley is well worth the drive. Besides miles and miles of hiking, families can enjoy a carousel ride, a steam train, a botanic...  Read More

More than 1½ million people visit Muir Woods National Monument each year, and for good reason. The grove of coast redwoods has been protected for a century, and the amazing specimens rank among the tallest trees in the world. Some reach 252...  Read More

Mill Valley

Your reward for making the half-mile climb to the top of this 2571-foot peak is what many visitors consider to be the best view of San Francisco. On clear days, you can even see the Farallon Islands (25 miles to the west) and the snow-capped...  Read More

Marin Headlands
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Make your way across the Golden Gate Bridge and step into one of the area's last bastions of open space. The Marin Headlands, known for their inspiring views, showcase Mother Nature in all her bounty. They're a great place to enjoy the outdoors,...  Read More

Armstrong Redwood Grove State Park

Put life into perspective at this spectacular find! About an hour's drive north of the city, the state park is home to an impressive collection of coast redwoods. With a life span of 2000 years and a potential height of 350 feet, the towering...  Read More

One of the great things about San Francisco is its treasure-filled bay. Angel Island, only a short ferry ride from San Francisco, Tiburon or Vallejo, is perfect for either a short or long excursion. Bring a picnic lunch and idle the time away...  Read More