7 Best National Parks & Rec Spots in the Bay Area


Did you know that July is National Parks & Recreation month? In the spirit of inspiring you to get outside and embrace the great outdoors, here is listicle of sprawling national parks and historical recreation areas that make for great day trips! 

Alcatraz Island

If you’re surprised to see Alcatraz Island on this list, you aren’t alone! Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay, this historical landmark is one that is rich in history and offers visitors plenty of education opportunities against the prison backdrop. 

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Fort Point

Overlooking the Golden Gate bridge, and has a rich history of defending the city starting all the way back during the gold rush years. 

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John Muir Historic Site

This sprawling 9-acre park features historic buildings, rolling orchards, and a variety of mostly-paved trails available for visitors to choose from, and stands as a testament to it’s Nature preservationist namesake. 

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Muir Woods

Not to be confused with it’s sister historic site, Muir Woods is perched on the north side of the Golden Gate bridge, and offers a variety of long and short hikes, a Junior Ranger program for the kids, and guided walks and tours.

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Point Reyes National Seashore

Showcasing stunning crashing waves, gently rolling bluffs, and everything in between, the Point Reyes National Seashore is a relatively hidden California gem that offers a great option if you’re looking to have a good old fashioned beach day.

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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park 

Situated along the bustling Fisherman’s Wharf, the Maritime Park offers an immersive experience around the Pacific naval story. The park features a fleet of ships that visitors are welcomed to board, a visitors center, museum, research center, and more. 

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Whiskeytown Lake

Okay, we admit this one is a bit of a drive from Sonoma County, but if you’re up for a little roadtrip, Whiskeytown Lake should definitely be on your list. This crystal-clear destination offers water-based rec activities, hiking trails with incredible waterfalls at the end, CA Gold Rush history, and more.

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To explore the full list of California National Parks and Rec areas, follow the link below and start planning your next trip!


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