Drive north to Point Reyes and Tomales Bay for a day of gorgeous ocean walks and delicious and fresh foods. Some of the most beautiful hikes on the West Coast are in Point Reyes and can range from short hour-long walks to an all-day hike. If you’re considering a short walk, try the 0.8-mile McClures Beach trail, which descends down to a spectacular cove, backed by rugged cliffs. And if you’re looking for a longer challenge, there’s the 13-mile Woodward Valley loop, which includes amazing forest and coastal views. For bird-watchers, Point Reyes has many different species of land and sea birds, including a rare group of birds known as “accidental” migratory birds, where birds migrating from Canada make a detour into Point Reyes before continuing to their final destination.
For lunch, bring your own side dishes and then gobble up oysters at Tomales Bay’s many fresh oyster joints, including Hog Island, Tomales Bay Oyster Co., and Drake’s Bay. Grab a picnic table and order as many fresh oysters as you can eat, and shuck away. Afterwards, stop by Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station for some of the country’s best cheeses, including the Best-in-Show triple-cream Red Hawk.