1962: National Seashore
About the SitePoint Reyes is a peninsula north of San Francisco, California, known for long beaches and dramatic cliffs, lagoons and estuaries. Forested ridges, and offshore bird and sea lion colonies are also part of the attraction.
What You're Going to SeeRolling grassland and seashores make this a great destination. Bicycling, horseback riding, camping and exploring are all great things to do here. There are three visitors centers in different parts of the Seashore. At the main station, Bear Valley, the Park Service has a stable and horses (the Morgan horse corral) so Park Rangers can easily and economically survey the Seashore. There's a herd of albino deer there, descendents of a group imported from Europe years ago.
Personal ObservationsDriving up to the Bear Valley visitors center, we saw a herd? a group? a pod of what looked to be seals on a sand bar about a hundred yards off the highway. Then we enjoyed talking to the rangers about their horses; our girls were particularly entranced. But what I loved was the earthquake trail. There's a short mile loop walk that goes past the EXACT EPICENTER of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Signs show the fence that was moved 18 feet by the temblor.
Getting ThereFrom San Francisco, take Highway 101 north over the Golden Gate Bridge. Then at Tamalpais Valley you can turn west on Highway 1, scenic and twisting as it circles around Muir Woods, and follow it all the way to Olema and the one-mile turnoff to the Bear Valley visitors center. Or, continue on Highway 101 to just north of San Rafael, and turn west on Sir Frances Drake Boulevard; follow it to the Seashore.
Nearby AttractionsWithin 40 miles of Point Reyes you will find: Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, John Muir National Historic Site, Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, Fort Point National Historic Site, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Aea, Muir Woods National Monument, and Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site. Let's not forget California Coastal National Monument either.