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“Amazing scenery”

Point Reyes Seashore National Park
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The 100 square miles of this spectacular coast are home to over 400 species of birds.
Tampa, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Amazing scenery”
Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

After leaving Sonoma we decided to take Route 1 down to Point Reyes.We are glad we did.The views are like nothing you have ever seen.The crashing waves and cliffs were amazing.Make sure you walk to the lighthouse. Also,make sure to stop at one of the beaches.You will be overwhelmed by the power of the Pacific waves!
Couple things to remember-From highway 1 it's about 20 miles to the Lighthouse.It was a bit on the cold side,around 45.Make sure to go early.

Visited April 2014
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Woodland, California
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“Low risk, great reward. An easy hike”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

We took the 4 mile hike out to the point and back last Monday, March 24th. Its whalewatching season (although we didn't see any!), so we were told if we had gone on Saturday or Sunday it would have been a zoo of people, with shuttle buses, but we felt like the only people out there on Monday. I was promised an easy flat hike, and although the hike out was pretty easy, the hike back was more uphill, and I was tired, so I complained a little, But BOY the views were worth it, a million times over. We walked out to the point, overlooking the ocean on one side, and Dillion Beach on the other, and had a picnic lunch, and we must have seen a dozen deer, and at least 100 elk, at one point they walked right across our path. The wild flowers didn't seem to be in full bloom, but they must have been pretty close; they were beautiful. We passed a lot of older people, and people with children, it would be a great hike for any age, there were a lot of places we could have stopped earlier on in the hike, and had a nice picnic lunch and it would have been just as nice.

Visited March 2014
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New York
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Amazing views!”
Reviewed March 15, 2014

Visited the park- the staff was very helpful- we told them what we wanted to do and they gave us great suggestions. Drove to the light house and got to admire the breathtaking views of the ocean- walked on the paved road up to the light house. Unfortunately, the light house was closed so only pictures from the top of the hill could be taken. The bathrooms next to the light house are very clean and are the flushable kind. The bathrooms near the parking lot are the compost type- didn't look as clean. After the light house we drove to another point to admire the sea lions and their cubs nestled in a private beach area - bring binoculars if you want a close look - the sea lions were far away. On our way back, we stopped at Drake's Bay Oyster Farm for a quick bite. This is the only food inside the park if you like raw oysters. There are two stores/ deli closer to the visitor center if you want to purchase food - otherwise BYO. This park has tons of things to do for every level of activity from driving around and walking a short distance to the more strenuous hikes and other activities. Great place to spend a day being active and close to nature.

Visited March 2014
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Kansas City, Missouri
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110 reviews
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“Fun time at the beach”
Reviewed March 2, 2014

It was or seemed too cloudy to go to the lighthouse so we started out on the beach by the parking lot. The more we walked the more we discovered and had lots of fun exploring the rocks full of sea creatures.

Visited February 2014
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san francisco, ca
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great Getaway in San Francisco Area”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

Just north of San Francisco are many scenic nature area such as the Golden Gate National Recreational area, Mt. Tamalpais, Muir Woods, and Pt. Reyes National Seashore. I want to highlight Pt. Reyes.

It's about an hour drive from SF and once there, it is very hard to believe that you are that close to a major metropolitan area. The hiking trails, wildlife, plants, and scenery are really amazing. Taking the main Bear Valley trail from the visitor center takes you to the coast (major portion is suitable for mountain biking --- but watch your speed!). It is a very leisurely hike to the coast. Another trail is the Mt. Whittenberg trail. This trail goes to the top of the main peak in the park (the views are worth the hike).

There are numerous backpacking campgrounds in the park with potable water and restrooms. These campgrounds range from easy (Sky Campground from Limantour road -- only 1.5 miles on a well marked trail). How easy? One group in another campsite brought in all of their gear on a handtruck! Just be sure you look over the literature and pictures so you can identify poison oak and stinging nettles (both are abundant in this area)..

If you choose not to camp, there are a *LOT* of bed and breakfast options nearby.

Visited September 2013
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