About Nice Things to Do in San Francisco

About Nice Things to Do in San Francisco
For centuries, visitors and residents of San Francisco have enjoyed the many spectacular outdoor attractions available within and outside the city. Framed by majestic mountains, windswept bluffs and rugged canyons, San Francisco unfolds in scenic splendor at every turn, from the Mt. Tamalpais north of the Golden Gate Bridge, to the fog-shrouded, old growth redwood forests of Muir Woods beyond the Marin Headlands. Outdoor enthusiasts, cyclists, hikers and picnickers will find plentiful opportunities to enjoy the Bay Area's abundant natural beauty any time of the year.

Mountain Bike the Marin Headlands

Located just minutes from San Francisco's urban center, Marin Headlands features scenic trails that are open to mountain bikes. Begin your tour at the San Francisco side of the Golden Gate Bridge and cross into Fort Cronkhite and Rodeo Beach. The 24-mile trail climbs over windswept bluffs and hills, taking riders to places like Tennessee Valley, Sausalito and Richardson Bay, finally looping back to your starting point near Fort Cronkhite.

Visit Muir Woods National Monument

Located not far from Marin Headlands, Muir Woods presents unparalleled beauty highlighted by dramatic redwood forests brimming with towering trees. In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt designated the forest as the United State's 10th National Monument, and for good reason. The monument has a number of walking trails that lead to the giant, iconic trees, which inspire wonder and awe. Ranger-led walks include moonlight walks held on full-moon nights.

Picnic at Stinson Beach

Beautiful Stinson Beach offers much to see and do on its 3 1/2 acres of surf and sand. While swimming, surfing and sunbathing top the list of activities, a 51-acre park adjacent to the beach offers picnic tables and barbecue grills, the ideal destination for a romantic, outdoor getaway.

Walk to the Lighthouse

Take the 308 steps that lead to this iconic lighthouse built in 1870 on the cliffs of Point Reyes. From January through March, whales can be seen migrating beyond the lighthouse. More than 70 miles of hiking and biking trails wind through the rugged coastline and wilderness area. Bird-watching is also a highlight, as more than 400 species have been documented at the nearby Point Reyes Bird Observatory.

Article Written By Karen Sprinkles

Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.

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