If you happen to be in San Francisco and do not drive north along the Pacific Coast Highway, I don’t even know what to say to you. The city of San Francisco is beyond a doubt amazing and heading south on the PCH is simply stunning, but driving the 101 north is another story completely. Leaving the city to zip along a coastal road with redwoods on your right and the foggy seashore on your left is very freeing and you’ll realize you’ve never really breathed fresh air before being there. The adorable coastal towns, the cute restaurants, the oysters, the wine…it’s an experience you will not forget. And a drive through Point Reyes National Seashore should be your first stop.
Point Reyes National Seashore comprises 71,000 acres about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco in Marin County. The closest town, Point Reyes Station (population 848), is a must-see stop before heading out to the seashore and boasts a total of about 5 restaurants and a coffeeshop. But do not let that deter you, the town is adorable and the coastal highway is rife with tiny towns like it up and down the coast. Whether you’re looking for quant bed and breakfasts, rustic campgrounds, or adorable restaurants, it’s the perfect weekend getaway for a little woods and wine action.
The park itself is massive and could take days to explore, but the most famous attraction would definitely be the lighthouse built in the 1870’s. The drive through the park to the lighthouse is about an hour and the terrain changes from rolling green hills, high cliffs along the shore, to farmland, and finally to the lighthouse.
The park boasts hiking trails, camping, shipwrecks, whale watching, and is even rife with controversy over former Drake’s Bay Oyster Farm. But don’t fret, you can get your oyster fix right down the road at Tamales Bay. BYOB and shuck your own oysters? I’m there.