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LOCATION This route, just north of San Francisco in California, covers 171 miles (285 km). Some parts are inaccessible by car
VISITORS PER YEAR 3 million
DAYTIME TEMPERATURES Jan:
54°F (12°C); Apr: 57°F (14°C); Jul: 64°F (18°C); Oct: 63°F (17°C)
It’s hard to deny that California has a lock on natural scenic beauty, especially if you’re lucky enough to travel through Point Reyes National Seashore. Set in one of the world’s most famous regions, Marin County’s coast between Napa Valley wine country and the cosmopolitan city of San Francisco, the region seems to exist in another century. Herds of endangered tule elk roam through the grasslands, bald eagles circle overhead, and rare breeds of seals frolic in its coastal waters. Add to that the fact that much of the protected seashore can be explored on bicycle, by boat, or on foot, and you have the makings of a perfect excursion.
Getting There and Around You’ll need a car to visit much of Point Reyes – now designated a National Seashore. Once inside, several areas are closed to vehicles, to protect the ecosystem. However, there are designated walking and hiking trails.
When to Go Apr–Oct, to enjoy California’s superb temperatures.