Posted on October 05 2017
Point Reyes Must See Spots
Blend a small town, farm town, and beach town with miles of protected wetlands and shorelines all wrapped up into one Golden Gate adjacent locale and you’ve got Point Reyes. Drive through the quaint town of Point Reyes Station—complete with historic buildings and local grade "A" grub like Cowgirl Creamery’s Cantina— and grab a picnic before adventuring through coastal curves.
First stop, the S.S. Point Reyes Shipwreck tucked behind the main street grocery store in the tiny town of Inverness. Even after the unfortunate fire damage to the stern last year, the ship still rests on a sand bar waiting for visitors to sneak a peak. Although the wreck originally landed in its final resting place by means of an owner that never got around to fixing it up, it stands as a reminder and memorial for all of the sailors lost at sea due to the notorious, treacherous terrain of Tomales Bay— a time capsule for past tragedies in maritime history when boats were the only means of import and export. Explore the town of Inverness on the west bank of Tomales Bay before heading down Sir Francis Drake to explore further shoreline gems.
Next stop, the Cypress Tunnel and historic maritime radio receiving station. The Station came first— an art-deco abode built in 1929 complete with radio equipment, Morse communication, and teletype from the World War II-era—and still stands with most of the original equipment restored and fully functional. The Cypress Tree Tunnel came second, planted in 1930 with Monterey Cypress, years of growth and coastal winds pushed the limbs into an organic arch ideal for snapshots. Just don’t park on the tunnel road or roots of the trees to preserve the tunnels natural beauty.
Last stop, North Beach— an 11 mile stretch of coastline jutting out into the Pacific. There are plenty of picturesque beaches within the expanse of the Point Reyes Coastline including hot spots like Alamere Falls and the Point Reyes Lighthouse— but we prefer to comb the North beach for treasures in the sand. With the expanse of beach and vivacious waves and rapid winds that are both breathtaking and intense there are plenty of gems to be found. Just be sure to avoid high tide as the waves can trap beachcombers against the cliffs. Check out our coastal adventure complete with fall wardrobe essentials to inspire your next coastal day trip!
Cypress Tree Tunnel