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How to Experience Point Reyes’ Dramatic Beauty

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | September 05, 2016

How to Experience Point Reyes’ Dramatic Beauty

 PHOTO: Sunset at Point Reyes National Seashore. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock) 

Fans of dramatic seashores will love a visit to Point Reyes National Seashore just north of San Francisco. As Rosemary McClure reported in her article for the Los Angeles Times, it has many charms — its fog being among them. 

“Point Reyes National Seashore, a triangle of land north of San Francisco, offers visitors pristine beaches, dramatic waves, rocky headlands, tide pools, marshes, open pastures and forested ridges,” she writes. “Besides being one of the foggiest places in North America, it is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and home to more than 50 threatened or endangered species.” 

More than 80 miles of coastline make up the seashore and it includes a famous lighthouse, a variety of rare wildlife and beautiful forest and beach trails for hiking. 

Its designation as a National Seashore and its protected status are important to an area that exists so close to a booming metropolis such as san Francisco, McClure pointed out. 

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“In 1962, with proposed development threatening the coastal scenery and habitat, President Kennedy signed a bill designating it a park service seashore, joining the likes of Cape Hatteras, N.C., the first such park (1953) and Canaveral, Fla., the last (1975),” she reported. 

There is more than 71,000 acres of protected land and 32,000 acres of wilderness to explore in Point Reyes. Find out where to head and the best things to do here

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