10 places in the Bay Area you can visit over the summer

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Can’t get out of the Bay Area this summer? Check out these popular spots within a three hour’s drive from Cupertino.

Coyote Hills Regional Park

  • Camp overnight to spend some quality time outdoors
  • Picnic at the tables near the quarry, or use the nearby grills for a barbecue
  • Tour the bird and butterfly nectar garden and optionally register for a naturalist educational program in the garden

loving it here but missing home a lot

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Wilder Ranch State Park

  • Hike the clifftop trail overlooking the ocean
  • Picnic on the edge of the cliff or on the endless grass
  • Visit farm animals while learning about the Ranch’s history

more trail runs by rugged cliffs and crashing emerald oceans please

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Point Reyes National Seashore

  • Enjoy the view of elephant seals on the beach
  • Gaze out at the Pacific Ocean from the Point Reyes Lighthouse
  • Hike along the path to the lighthouse while viewing grazing animals

Happy birthday to us! The #PointReyes Lighthouse turns 146 today 🎉 #npwest #findyourpark #pointreyesnps (KH)

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Billy Goat Hill

  • Swing on the thirty foot rope that sways over 500 feet high
  • Rest at the rocks surrounded by eucalyptus trees
  • Enjoy the view of downtown San Francisco

Cute swing pic #1

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Napa Valley

  • Indulge in Napa Valley’s signature foods ranging from olive oil to tomatoes
  • Relax in mud baths and spas
  • Explore beautiful buildings like Castello di Amorosa and Domaine Chandon

Floating in heaven. #VisitNapaValley . 📷: _mayuripardeshi_

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Sonoma

  • Enjoy dishes from world renowned chefs
  • Hike and bike through the surrounding redwood forests
  • Explore the multitude of art galleries in the area


Santa Rosa

  • Swing your clubs at the Fountaingrove course
  • Tour the Charles Schulz Museum
  • Gaze over the beautiful ocean and hill scenery

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Golden Gate Park

  • Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of the Japanese Tea Garden
  • Tour the Botanical Garden to see statues covered with moss and flower beds
  • Visit the de Young Museum to explore American art from different centuries

That’s one nice bridge

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Sausalito

  • Gaze over the bay from Vista Point
  • Fly kites and go surfing at Rodeo Beach
  • Ride the ferry boat and look at the yachts at Sausalito boardwalk

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Occidental

  • Zip line through the redwoods of the Sonoma Canopy Tours
  • Listen to the Occidental community choir and jazz music at the Occidental Center for the Arts
  • Tour the Grove of Old Trees, a sanctuary of redwoods

Finding inspiration. #natureismymuse

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