Sometimes the best (and most beautiful) things hide in plain sight. Sure, it's gut-wrenchingly expensive to live in the Bay Area, but it's also incredible to live in such a breathtakingly beautiful place. Not only is the architecture stunning in a way that's completely unique, our natural surroundings are out of this world.
As creatives, we at OTR love the inspiration we take from this one-of-a-kind place. Here are just a few of our favorite outdoor gems that sit right in our own backyard.
Cypress Tree Tunnel in Pt. Reyes: 45 minutes North of SF, a beautiful Monterey Cypress tree canopy awaits. Once the entrance to a morse code station circa 1900, this local treasure sits silent most days. It's a perfect place to head for a stroll, or even to try a walking meditation. Learn more about Cypress Tree Tunnel by checking out The Outbound, one of our favorite outdoor exploring apps.
One of our favorite things about stopping by Cypress Tree Tunnel, is that it is near Marshall's Hog Island. You'll thank us for this little gem where you can sit outside and enjoy some of the best oysters around..just make sure you make a reservation first, as the secret is out on Hog Island!
Kirby Cove: This spot is so magical, we actually mentioned it in another post recently. It is directly over the bridge, at the base of the Golden Gate, providing a unique city and bridge view. This "black sand" beach is a short hike from the main trail in the Marin Headlands but can also be used for overnight camping.
The Headlands: If that's not enough, not far away from Kirby Cove, you can also explore a hidden gun culvert or batteries in the headlands. These amazing relics of the past represent one of our country's first attempts at homeland security.
Alamere Falls:40 foot waterfall? Check. Beach? Check. 4+ miles each way of natural beauty? Check. For more moderate or skilled hikers, Alamere Falls is not to be missed. The hikes grant views you'll never forget and give you a workout you'll feel for days.
El Corte De Madera Open Space Reserve: Less than half hour south of SF, you can explore and hike this area where turn of the century logging was once in full swing. There are also unique sandstone formations; rock faces worn with time. Most uniquely, there's also plane debris to explore from a crash 60 years ago. Google it, then GO!
Whether you're a tourist or a SF Native, these spots are not to be missed, and most of them are off radar. So take some time and get yourself out there, you won't regret it, we promise!
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