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  • 1. Berkeley Marina


    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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Gourmet Ghetto

    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

  • 4. Marin County Civic Center

    Building/Architectural Site

    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

  • 5. Marin Headlands

    Fort Baker | Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The headlands stretch from the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Beach. Photographers perch on the southern headlands for spectacular shots of the...Read More

  • 6. Mill Valley Lumber Yard

    Historic District/Site

    The Mill Valley Lumber Yard, once a vital center of the region's logging industry, is now a vibrant micro village of craftsfolk, bakers, makers...Read More

  • 7. Mt. Tamalpais State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Although the summit of Mt. Tamalpais is only 2,571 feet high, the mountain rises practically from sea level, dominating the topography of Marin...Read More

  • 8. Muir Woods National Monument

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Nothing gives perspective like walking among old-growth redwoods. The nearly 560 acres of Muir Woods National Monument contain some of the most...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

    This museum, designed by Kevin Roche, is one of the country's quintessential examples of mid-century modern architecture. Explore the robust...Read More

  • 11. Paramount Theatre

    Uptown | Arts/Performance Venue

    A glorious art-deco specimen, the Paramount operates as a venue for concerts and performances of all kinds, from the Oakland Symphony to Jerry...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Rockridge

    Rockridge | Neighborhood/Street

    This fashionable upscale neighborhood is one of Oakland's most desirable places to live. Explore the tree-lined streets that radiate out from...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Tilden Regional Park

    Tilden Park | Park (National/State/Provincial)

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

  • 17. Uptown/KONO


    Uptown and KONO (Koreatown-Northgate) is where nightlife and cutting-edge art merge. Dozens of galleries cluster around Telegraph Avenue and...Read More

  • 18. 4th Street


    Once an industrial area, this walkable stretch of 4th Street north of University Avenue has transformed into the busiest few blocks of refined...Read More

  • 19. Angel Island State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    One of the bay's best secrets in plain sight, its largest natural island was once a favored camp for Coast Miwok (later for the U.S. Army to...Read More

  • 20. 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

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