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Point Reyes National Seashore

1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Beaches, Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife, Hiking
Description: The 100 square miles of this spectacular coast are home to over 400 species of birds.
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

There is great hiking at Pt Reyes, well marked trails, incredible vistas, and an easy drive from the Bay Area.

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Sonoma, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This becomes a one of a kind hike once you reach Arch Rock, about 4.5 miles from the Visitor Center. You hike most of the way along a wide path in and out of the trees making it very pleasant trip on warm days. Keep a light sweater with you as it cools off near the end. Bikes and horses... More

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Walnut Creek, California, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful places on earth. So thankful they preserved it instead of building condos here!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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105 reviews 105 reviews
69 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I guess I picked a lousy time to visit, too much fog. The area is really cool with a Scotland like appeal. The local Oyster farmers use the coves to farm oysters but I guess that will end soon. I went to the point and you could hardly see the ocean. The local saw it's better to visit in late... More

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Aurora, OH
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a peaceful and beautiful area, with many breathtaking views along the way. Many of the areas involve hiking, but many places are available by car as well. The beaches and shore are awesome, and definitely worth the visit. Be sure not to miss the lighthouse. . . It's quite a walk to the observation area, but you will... More

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Haddington, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We stayed in the Marin area and made a trip north to Point Reyes station. We stopped in this cute village and enjoy a stroll along the high street;great bookshop , gift shops and grocery. We had a bite at the local Diner and got most delicious food: great milkshakes plus a burrito and french toast. My 4 yr old... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We drove to the area and had lunch in town and then off to the bear valley visitor center where parking was free and staff inside have us the simple directions to a 8 mile hike. At the far end of the parking lot is the trail head for Bear Valley Trail. You can bike most of the way in... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We spent one full day in Point Reyes during a weekend trip to the San Francisco area. We managed to fit a lot in that day [Bear Valley to Arch Rock, Earthquake Trail, Lighthouse, Chimney Rock] and I felt like we got a good sampling of the area. Peaceful, interesting, beautiful, unique.

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10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Loved the park from the quaint lighthouse to Mount Vision's stunning view of Drake's Bay. At the overlook for elephant seals, another terrific view with elephant seals even though it wasn't mating season. Be sure to take binoculars to see the seals and prepare for no food within the park. Take snacks and or lunch and water. It's really too... More

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Wheaton, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We needed more time to visit but did manage to see the lighthouse and the juvenile elephant seals. The seals were so fun to watch and to listen to as they arrived and departed from the beach. Binoculars are highly recommended!

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