Jutting miles out into the ocean, Point Reyes National Seashore is loaded with amazing discoveries, including remarkable wildlife, deep forests, dramatic sea cliffs, and remote beaches.
No matter the time of year, there’s something extraordinary to see and do. In winter, travel to the tip of the point to look for migrating gray whales passing remarkably close. In spring, walk to Chimney Rock to see countless wildflowers, or follow a trail lined with irises into a rare Bishop pine forest. In summer, watch the fog tumble in, then have a cup of cocoa in the cozy village of Point Reyes Station. And in fall, listen for the eerie bugle of tule elk; you can usually spot individuals or small herds in the Tomales Point preserve area, at the tip of the park.
To orient yourself, stop by the Bear Valley Nature Center, with kid-friendly displays, maps, and helpful rangers. The fairly flat, stroller-friendly Bear Valley Trail makes a popular leg-stretch or bike ride.