A Day Trip To Point Reyes, California

We’ve taken a little break from posting about our Pacific Coast Road Trip, but we’re back on track!

At this point, we’ve driven through Washington, down the Oregon Coast here, here, and here, and made our way through the California Redwoods, Black Sands Beach, and now at our current destination, Point Reyes!

Our reason for embarking on this journey was to explore unknown (to us!) territory in and around our hometown of Seattle. Earlier this year, we created a PNW bucket list to encourage us to get outside and be creative with our weekend.

As we planned this epic road trip, we partnered with Caravan Outfitter to take their Freebird model camper van on its first adventure. We were excited to work with a brand that has the same values and sense of adventure as us!

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Point Reyes National Seashore, California

We just scratched the surface of exploring this giant preservation on this short visit. Point Reyes has over 70,000 acres of preserved land and seashore! There is so much to do on this peninsula – hiking, biking, camping – you name it, they have it! Just remember to fill up your gas tank to FULL before you go – everything is really far away from each other and you’ll be driving a lot.

If you are driving up from San Francisco, don’t forget to stop by Muir Woods National Monument too – it’s on the way, and filled with tall trees and lush ferns for a dreamy Pacific Northwest hiking trail!

Things you can do at Point Reyes National Seashore:

  • Go camping (Reserve a spot here)
  • Beach walk to Alamere Falls
  • Drive through the Cypress Tree Tunnel (keep scrolling)
  • Explore the farthest point in the park, the Point Reyes Lighthouse
  • Watch wildlife and birds
  • Go hiking, backcountry camping, horseback riding, bicycle riding, and much more!


Point Reyes Lighthouse

The walk down to the lighthouse itself is quite a trek. With 300 steps total, it doesn’t seem like that much on the way down, but you definitely feel it on the way back up! At any time of the day, you are most certainly expected to meet high winds, so secure any sunglasses or extras that may fly off!

Another event that happens here is whale watching between January-May! However, plan your trips accordingly. The lighthouse is only open Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon, and from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm!

Fun Facts about Point Reyes:

  •  This place is the windiest and foggiest location in the Pacific Northwest! While we didn’t experience much fog, we definitely got our fair share of wind – you can see the effect it has on the landscape nearby. The trees lean to take the power of the wind (see picture below!)
  • Point Reyes is also recorded as the cleanest seashore in all of California.
  • This lighthouse has been the location for many movies (like this one), documentaries, and inspired writings.
  • It is very close to San Francisco (only an hour’s drive) and definitely worth a day trip – any time of year! Berty and I really want to come back when it’s cloudy and moody…

Cypress Tree Tunnel

This tree tunnel is not recorded on any official Point Reyes attractions map, but it’s impossible to miss on your way to the lighthouse.

It is located about halfway between the lighthouse and the park entrance. Coming here to this park, we were expecting foggy, moody PNW weather considering the heavy rains we encountered driving south. However, we were pleasantly surprised when we were greeted with sunshine and good weather. This rare sunshine created a pretty cool effect with the trees.

Sun rays peeked through and shadows danced on the road allowing Berty and I to play with the light for quite some time.

Have you visited Point Reyes National Seashore? What are other places here worth visiting? Let us know in the comments below!

Other Road Trip Stops on Our Route:

La Push Beach, Washington

Cape Disappointment, Washington

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cape Kiwanda, Oregon

Redwood National Forest, California

Black Sands Beach, California

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2 thoughts on “A Day Trip To Point Reyes, California

  1. Oh my golly that lighthouse. Absolutely love this post! Always looking for new posts from ya! 🙂

    1. Thank you Logan! That’s super encouraging! We’re not quite done with all our road trip posts yet, (I’m working on 3 now!) so expect more very soon. <3 Thanks for reading!

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