The Bay Area

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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Ark Row


    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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Green Gulch Farm Zen Center


    Giant eucalyptus trees frame the long and winding road that leads to this tranquil Buddhist practice center. Meditation programs, tea instruction...Read More

  • 14. 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

  • 15. Hawk Hill


    At 923 feet tall, craggy Hawk Hill is the best place on the West Coast to watch the migration of eagles, hawks, and falcons as they fly south...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Koret Visitor Center

    Downtown | Visitor Center

    This center is the starting point for free, student-guided tours of the Cal-Berkeley campus, which last 1½ hours and require an online reservation...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Lytton Square


    Mill Valley locals congregate on weekends to socialize in the coffeehouses and cafés near the town's central square, but it's buzzing most of...Read More

  • 20. Main Street


    Tiburon's narrow Main Street is on the bay side; you can browse the shops and galleries, walk with a coffee or gelato, or relax on a restaurant...Read More

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