I’ve lived in the Bay Area my whole life (with the exception of my college years). And it’s only in the past year or so that I’ve started to go up to SF more frequently. Partly for work, but also because I’ve realized just how much the city has to explore! There are so many interesting pockets within SF, and every visit is always a new adventure. I think when you live so close to a place, it sort of loses its appeal. You think you can go visit whenever, so you never actually do. At least that was my mentality growing up. But SF continues to surprise me, and today I’m excited to share two of my favorite “hidden” gems of SF. Maybe they’re not actually that much of a secret, though, haha. But when you compare these to the Golden Gate Bridge, for example, the crowds are relatively non-existent. These are quiet and peaceful spots that you can enjoy without worrying about getting run over by mobs of tourists. Hope ya’ll enjoy!
MUIR BEACH OVERLOOK:
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this place on the blog before. It was slightly warmer when I visited this time around, but still quite chilly. I definitely recommend dressing in layers! I’ve been here twice now and I have yet to see the sun here. Someday, someday. It’s probably better later in the day when the fog clears out. I hear sunset here is gorgeous, but I never stick around that late. If you’re going towards Point Reyes, this makes a great stop along the way. The views are absolutely gorgeous, and there really aren’t that many people here, especially if you visit early in the morning.
CYPRESS TREE TUNNEL:
This is like one of those places that always comes up in online articles. “Most beautiful places…” etc. etc. I actually didn’t realize it was so close to SF. It’s north of the Golden Gate Bridge, but if you decide to hit both of these spots on the same trip, it’s well worth! Despite coming here on July 4th, the crowds were practically non-existent. This is definitely one of the most peaceful places that I’ve ever visited. The tunnel itself is quite long, but a back-and-forth stroll is totally doable, and I highly recommend! Then you can see how the tunnel looks from both ends. I’d budget spending around 30 min to an hour here, depending on how much walking you want to do, and how many pictures you want to take 🙂 The lighting here is quite tricky though, and the photos that I took with my phone didn’t come out that great. I hear sunrise here is gorgeous, though.
Another tip…when you’re trying to navigate to this place, search for “KPH Radio Station” in Inverness. Leads you right to the spot! 🙂
Hope you guys enjoyed this post!