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  • 1. BAMPFA (Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive)

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This combined art museum, repertory movie theater, and film archive, known for its extensive collection of some 28,000 works of art and 18,000...Read More

  • 2. Berkeley Marina

    City Park

    Enjoy spectacular views of San Francisco and Angel Island, as well as grassy expanses that are perfect for a picnic. The marina houses three...Read More

  • 3. Duxbury Reef

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Excellent tide pooling can be had along the 3-mile shoreline of Duxbury Reef; it's the most extensive tide pool area near Point Reyes National...Read More

  • 4. Lake Merritt

    Lake Merritt | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    In the center of Oakland just east of downtown, this tidal lagoon with its unique habitat for more than 100 bird species became the country...Read More

  • 5. Marin County Civic Center

    Notable Building

    A wonder of arches, circles, and skylights just 10 miles north of Mill Valley, the Civic Center was Frank Lloyd Wright's largest public project...Read More

  • 6. Mill Valley Lumber Yard

    Historic District/Site

    The lumber yard, once a vital center of the region's logging industry, is now a vibrant micro-village of craftsfolk, bread bakers, textile makers...Read More

  • 7. Mt. Tamalpais State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The view of Mt. Tamalpais from all around the bay can be a beauty, but that’s nothing compared to the views from the mountain, which take...Read More

  • 8. Muir Woods National Monument

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    One of the last old-growth stands of redwood ( Sequoia sempervirens ) giants, Muir Woods is nature's cathedral: awe-inspiring and not to be...Read More

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  • 9. Nike Missile Site SF-88

    Historic District/Site

    The only fully restored site of its kind in the United States, the museum at SF-88 provides a firsthand view of menacing Cold War–era Hercules...Read More

  • 10. Oakland Museum of California

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Designed by Kevin Roche, this museum is one of the country's quintessential examples of mid-century modern architecture and home to a capacious...Read More

  • 11. Point Reyes Lighthouse & Visitor Center

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    In operation since December 1, 1870, this lighthouse—which was decommissioned in 1975—is one of the premier attractions of the Point Reyes National...Read More

  • 12. Point Reyes National Seashore

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    One of the Bay Area's most spectacular treasures and the only national seashore on the West Coast, the 71,000-acre Point Reyes National Seashore...Read More

  • 13. Shattuck & Vine Street Neighborhood

    North Berkeley | Neighborhood/Street

    The success of Alice Waters's Chez Panisse defined California cuisine and attracted countless food-related enterprises to a stretch of Shattuck...Read More

  • 14. Temescal

    Temescal | Neighborhood/Street

    Centering on Telegraph Avenue between 40th and 51st Streets, Temescal (the Aztec term for "sweat house") is a low-pretension, moneyed-hipster...Read More

  • 15. Tilden Regional Park

    Tilden Park | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Stunning bay views, a scaled-down steam train, and a botanic garden with the nation's most complete collection of California plant life are...Read More

  • 16. Año Nuevo State Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    At the height of mating season, upward of 4,000 elephant seals congregate at Año Nuevo, one of the world's few approachable mainland rookeries...Read More

  • 17. Ark Row

    Neighborhood/Street

    The historic second block of Main Street is known as Ark Row and has a tree-shaded walk lined with antiques shops, restaurants, and specialty...Read More

  • 18. Bay Area Discovery Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Sitting on 7½ acres of national park land at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, this indoor-outdoor nonprofit children’s museum offers entertaining...Read More

  • 19. Bay Model

    Museum/Gallery

    This one-of-a-kind education center focuses on a sprawling 1½-acre model of the entire San Francisco Bay and Sacramento–San Joaquin River delta...Read More

  • 20. Bear Valley Visitor Center

    Visitor Center

    Tucked in the Olema Valley, this welcoming center is a perfect point of orientation for trails and roads throughout the region's unique and...Read More

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