Point Reyes

National Seashore, California

Point Reyes National Seashore is a great day trip if you're visiting San Francisco. To get there from San Francisco, just drive up highway 101 north across the Golden Gate Bridge, onto Highway 1 (north) and take a right after the small town of Olema, California.

Most of the beaches face the Pacific Ocean, making it dangerous to enter the water (the water at Northern California beaches is too cold to do any swimming anyway). However, the beaches are large and relatively uncrowded.

Tide pools are found in various places throughout the park, keep your eyes open and maybe you will find anemones, sand dollars, or a starfish.


A heard of Tule Elk (shown right) reside in the north portion of the park. Bring your binoculars because they rarely get close to the road. You can sometimes see one of the four species of sea lions or seals in the southern part of the park near the lighthouse. Gray whales migrate past the point (January through April) and you can sometimes see them from shore (although this is honestly disappointing, take a whale watching boat if you want to see whales.

Visit the Official Site.

Near the light house.

A long stretch of beach.