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Tomales Bay, located inland from the majestic Point Reyes National Seashore just 40 miles north of San Francisco, quietly welcomes in-the-know outdoors lovers. The surf-free bay is home to a wealth of animal species from tule elk to sea critters of many sizes, all best viewed from a kayak trip led by naturalists. Some devotees choose to hike up the hills surrounding the water, attempting to spot the resident deer and snakes; others picnic at the popular Heart's Desire Beach; and some have found one of California's last virgin groves of Bishop pine in Jepson Memorial Grove appealing for hikes along the one-mile trail. Laid back and popular ...

Tomales Bay, located inland from the majestic Point Reyes National Seashore just 40 miles north of San Francisco, quietly welcomes in-the-know outdoors lovers. The surf-free bay is home to a wealth of animal species from tule elk to sea critters of many sizes, all best viewed from a kayak trip led by naturalists. Some devotees choose to hike up the hills surrounding the water, attempting to spot the resident deer and snakes; others picnic at the popular Heart's Desire Beach; and some have found one of California's last virgin groves of Bishop pine in Jepson Memorial Grove appealing for hikes along the one-mile trail. Laid back and popular with locals who know that this bay often greets sunny days when the fog blankets the coast, the state park is close to local oyster farms, beaches to whale watch or surf, and even a handful of haute hotels.

Michele Bigley
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Michele Bigley is the author of Northern California: An Explorer's Guide and Great Destinations Kauai from Countryman Press.

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