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About Point Reyes Station
This small town in western Marin County is considered the gateway to Point Reyes National Seashore, a popular national preserve. The town was named after the nearby Point Reyes Peninsula, on which the preserve is located. It makes up one of the four communities of Point Reyes, developed from a cow pasture into the region’s supply and service center. Now, the little town is a popular stopping point for its delightful shops, restaurants, butter-filled pastures and annual music festival.
Things to do in Point Reyes Station
The mass of the Point Reyes National Seashore covers about 72,000 acres of wilderness, beach and ranchland. The protected peninsula includes wild coastal beaches, headlands, uplands and estuaries. The preserve is rich in wildlife such as raptors and shorebirds, and visitors can observe Tule Elk in the northernmost reserves. Whale watchers on the lookout for the Gray Whale can head for the Point Reyes Lighthouse. See a National Historic Landmark at the Point Reyes Lifeboat Station, the last remaining example of a station that launched its motorized lifeboats using a pier and marine railway that descended into the water. Check out a recreated Coast Miwok village at Kule Loklo, just a short walk from the visitor center. Visit Francis Drake’s 1579 campsite at Nova Albion, or a Portuguese explorer’s shipwreck dating back to 1595. Visitors will also find 15 Native American sites that are included in the Drakes Bay Historic and Archaeological District National Historic Landmark. Admire the protected marine areas around Point Reyes that help conserve ocean life and ecosystems. Traverse the hiking trails around Point Reyes for the best views. Bear Valley Trail travels down the the coast, where it offers a spectacular ocean view at Arch Rock. Several trails lead upward toward Mt. Wittenberg, the highest point in the park, for a bird’s eye view. Visitors can straddle the San Andreas Fault Line on the Earthquake Trail, which also provides descriptions of the fault and the surrounding geology. For a shorter walk, try the Chimney Rock hike, just near the Point Reyes lighthouse. The hike is known for its spring wildflower displays. And while you’re on the California coast, you won’t want to miss some of the most spectacular beaches around. For exploring town, visitors will find the local galleries and shops full of charming handcrafts and art. The fresh farm-to-table food is a key point of attraction in West Marin as well.
Day trips from Point Reyes Station
Bordering the southern end of Tomales Bay, the is near the San Andreas Fault, just before it submerges into the center of the bay. A day trip to either can prove to be an educational experience. For those who enjoy wining and dining, try a farm tour or cheese tasting within West Marin county. Known as the dairy capital of California for over a century, the county has also more recently become a mecca of fresh, organic farm-raised fare. The three other communities that make up Point Reyes - Inverness, Inverness Park, Olema - are unique and engaging in their own ways. From Point Reyes Station, it’s not far to other villages along the northern California coast. See the towering redwoods of Muir Woods, or dig for oysters at Tomales Bay. Head to the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, or the Marine Mammal Center to learn more about local wildlife. For a day trip away from this neck of the woods, head south to San Rafael or San Francisco. Both cities abound with activities and attractions to explore.
Point Reyes Station accommodations
With dozens of choices for lodging, Point Reyes Station is an optimal location to set up base camp. If you’re going for the minimalist stay, check out the youth hostel in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Highly ranked bed and breakfasts dot the landscape, if you’re looking to put comfort first. Cabins or cottages range from modest to modern, but coziness is an underlying factor of them all. For true luxury, book a suite or a room at a resort. Visitors will find accommodations to suit their needs across a variety of landscapes, from rural wooded sites to historic districts in town.
Transportation in Point Reyes Station
Driving is the recommended form of transportation for those planning trips around and out of town. While public transportation can get visitors around Marin County and even to San Francisco, the primary form of transport is by private autos. Charter buses or shuttles often take visitors to the points of attractions nearby. The West Marin Stagecoach, a public transportation option, runs through Port Reyes Station to Inverness, San Anselmo and San Rafael. The Golden Gate Transit is another public transit option that connects parts of Marin County to Sonoma County and San Francisco.
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