The Bay Area

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Bay Area - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. 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

  • 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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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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  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Bay Area Discovery Museum


    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

  • 12. Bay Model


    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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Big Basin Redwoods State Park


    California's oldest state park is the best place to see old-growth redwoods without going north of San Francisco, and it's far less crowded...Read More

  • 15. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Moss Beach's biggest attraction is the spectacular Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, a 3-mile stretch of bluffs and tide pools that occupy 32 acres...Read More

  • 16. Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival


    The town comes to life—and traffic to a standstill—on the third weekend in October, when some 250,000 people gather for the Half Moon Bay Art...Read More

  • 17. Half Moon Bay State Beach


    This 4-mile stretch of sand is perfect for long walks, kite flying, and picnic lunches, though the frigid water and strong rip currents make...Read More

  • 18. Harley Farms


    Stop for a spell at Harley Farms, a restored 1910 farm and fully operational dairy that stretches over 28 acres and houses 165 goats on 9 acres...Read More

  • 19. Indian Rock Park

    City Park

    An outcropping of nature in a sea of North Berkeley homes, this is an unbeatable spot for a sunset picnic. Look for amateur rock climbers, after...Read More

  • 20. Lake Merritt


    Runners, joggers, and power walkers charge along the 3.4-mile path that encircles this 155-acre heart-shaped natural saltwater lake. Crew teams...Read More

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