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Garrapata State Park

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Address: Monterey, CA 93923
Activities: Whale watching
Description: This park lacks the expected amenities but compensates with its...
This park lacks the expected amenities but compensates with its spectacular setting.
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Garrapata Hiking

Absolutely stunning! It's a tough hike, so prepare appropriately, but it was fantastic! We did the 7 mile loop starting with the Soberanes Canyon Trail, up through Rocky Ridge and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Absolutely stunning! It's a tough hike, so prepare appropriately, but it was fantastic! We did the 7 mile loop starting with the Soberanes Canyon Trail, up through Rocky Ridge and then down.

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Kensington CAUSA
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

They take the footbridge down in the winter so you either ford the stream or take the camp trail that follows the north side of the stream. Just before the mouth of the river, a trail leads up to a lookout that leads to a rewarding view of the beach and river and cliffs. The lower trail takes you to... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

If you cannot make it north of San Francisco to see the redwoods this state park has a canyon a short mile walk in from the highway.

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Chicago
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This a place that is rich in places to get good shots. Allow yourself enough time to find them. It takes going up the hills and walking way out on the shore trails. Be real careful, the trails can get very slippery in heavy fog.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The hike up the Sobranes + Rocky Ridge Trail was great... if you just want views, take the Rocky Ridge Trail... if visibility is good, you won't be disappointed

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

There are no big signs on PCH so watch the cypress trees. Nice views of Big Sur. The hike up was harder than it looked on paper. As another review mentioned, do the river/redwoods one first going up and then go down the ridgeline for views of the Pacific.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We did it today in the pouring rain. There were a few trees that had blown over during the storm, but the crew's were doing a good job of putting things right. There are lots of good view points along the coastal section. Even in the rain it was worth the $10.

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Denver, Colorado
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is one of the best views of Big Sur. It is hard to find the exact place (there is one sign that you can see once you stop), but any pull-out will do. There are trails down to the end where you can look down into the water. We saw sea otters in the water all over the place!... More 

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Oroville, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This was not my first trip to this hidden gem. But depending on what time of year you visit it can feel like a new landscape. A bit obscure to know if you are in the right place with parking scattered roadside. But be prepared bring water and your camera. The early trails past but an old barn with feral... More 

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Hudsonville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We loved stopping along the highway (Highway 1) and taking a walk down the stairs to the beach. It was a sunny afternoon and we spent almost an hour here, looking for treasures, walking on the flat sand, and just being mesmerized by the pounding surf. It was gorgeous! The water was powerful and we respected it, not getting too... More 

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