Point Reyes, CA
Distance from SF: 34 miles; 1.2-hour drive
This part of West Marin is not only strikingly beautiful, there’s also plenty to do. Whether you’re into hiking, kayaking, or just doing a lot of eating, you’ll be glad you visited.
How to do it on the cheap:
- Stay: If you’re the outdoorsy type, Point Reyes has some great camping (that books up far in advance). But if you require a bed, check out the Cottages at Point Reyes Seashore. Cottages start at $129 a night and include private patios or decks, mini kitchens, and on-site activities like tennis, horseshoes, swimming, and hot tubbing.
- Eat: Visit the Hog Island Oyster Co. where a $5/person picnic fee gets you a table with a grill, oyster-shucking tools, lemons, and hot sauce. All you need to do is buy the charcoal ($7/bag) and the bag of oysters. BYOB.
- Do: Sorry to be obvious, but you’ve got to visit the lighthouse. It’s free and the 300 steps down and back up are great exercise/Instagram-friendly.