In the off skirts of Marin County, there lays a station hidden just an hour drive from San Francisco, known as Point Reyes. It has served as a must-stopping-point for the adventure seeking travelers, looking for some thrill or simply to relax at the seashore of California. The Point Reyes attracts a good number of people throughout the year, all come by for some kayaking in the Pacific Ocean, or nature hikes on the mountains. Point Reyes is complete package of all the summer activities, from bicycling to lying in the sun on white sands of California.
Following are must-have adventures at Point Reyes:
Take a Hike at Mount Whittenburg:
The famous Mount Whittenburg/Sky Trail hike consists of a 4.3 mile loop trail which starts at the Sky Trail parking area right on the Limantour Road, just a 10 minute drive from the visitor center of Bear Valley. Star from the trailhead, and hike all the way to the Horse trail. Keep in mind to follow the Horse trail to the Z Ranch trail and turn right at the end. The Z Ranch trail actually takes you to the summit of Mount Whittenburg. Keep going to the junction of Sky & Meadow Trails and head north on Sky Trail and return back to the trailhead, where you started. This circuitous route will give you the opportunity to enjoy amazing vistas of the ocean, meadows and redwoods. As always, take plenty of water with you and wear robust shoes.
Make a day-trip to Tomales Bay:
Tomales bay, located 30 miles from San Francisco along the scenic highway 1, Tomales bay stretches 15 miles from Bodega bay to Point Reyes station. Tomales bay features weathering dairy farms, resting oyster stands, and charming waterfront inns. Nick cove’s nineteen thirties cottages that’s has quickly become one of San Francisco’s hottest weekends escape. Make a quick-stop there and get ready to tour the bay.
There are lot of ways to see the Tomales bay, you can hop into a fishing boat, go on a kayaking tour of the bay, or cycle down the highway way 1. While you are there, you shouldn’t miss the Hog Island Oyster Co, where you can shuck and smoke your own oysters along the waterfront.
One of the best spots to explore is the Cowgirl Creamery shop in Point Reyes Station, housed in a restored barn below the bay, Cowgirl Creamery is celebrated for its artisan cheeses, which are served in top restaurants throughout the day. If you come down the shop in Friday, you can actually have a tour of the place, watch the experts making different kinds of cheese right in front of you. At the sunset, head back to the highway 1 in order to have mesmerizing scenic drive in the whole America.