Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes National Seashore contains unique elements of biological and historical interest in a spectacularly scenic panorama of thunderous ocean breakers, open grasslands, bushy hillsides and forested ridges.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
One of the largest urban national parks in the world., the total park area is 75,398 acres of land and water. Approximately 28 miles of coastline lie within its boundaries. Golden Gate NRA comprises Alcatraz, Marin Headlands, Fort Funston, Fort Mason, as well as Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, and the Presidio of San Francisco.
Muir Woods National Monument
Many northern California coastal valleys were covered with coast redwood trees similar to those now found in Muir Woods National Monument. The forest along Redwood Creek in today's Muir Woods was spared from logging because it was hard to get to. Redwood Creek contains one of the San Francisco Bay Area's last uncut stands of old-growth redwood.
Fort Point National Historic Site
Fort Point was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1853 and 1861 to prevent entrance of a hostile fleet into San Francisco Bay. The fort was occupied throughout the Civil War, but the advent of faster, more powerful rifled cannon made brick forts such as Fort Point obsolete.
Presidio of San Francisco
The Presidio served as a military post under the flags of Spain, Mexico, and the United States. As a U.S. Army post, the Presidio protected commerce and trade, and played a logistical role in every major U.S. military conflict over the last 150 years. On October 1, 1994, the Presidio became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
This park includes the fleet of national historic landmark vessels at Hyde Street Pier, a maritime museum, and a maritime library.
Alcatraz Island, one of San Francisco Bay's most popular destinations, is home to the infamous federal prison, and the first and oldest lighthouse on the West Coast. The island features many natural features as well - gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare
John Muir National Historic Site
The Site preserves the 14 room mansion where the naturalist John Muir lived from 1890 to his death in 1914. Muir accomplished many things: he battled to prevent Yosemite National Park's Hetch Hetchy Valley from being dammed, served as the first president and one of the founders of the Sierra Club and played a prominent role in the creation of several national parks. Muir's work laid the foundations for the creation of the National Park Service in 1916.
Eugene ONeill National Historic Site
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, the only Nobel Prize winning playwright from the United States and the architect of modern American theater, lived at Tao House in the hills above Danville from 1937 to 1944.
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
Port Chicago Naval Magazine honors the courage and commitment of the Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Merchant Mariners, and working civilians killed and injured in the largest homeland disaster during World War II. 320 men, over 200 of which were African-Americans, were instantly killed when a loaded munition ship blew up during loading operations.
Pinnacles National Park
Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcano. Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement.
Carson Pass Highway Route 88
Carson Pass Highway is considered by many to be the most beautiful and visually dramatic of the several trans-Sierra highways in California.
Pacific Coast Highway Californias Route 1
Stretching from sunny SoCal to the shady forested coastline of the north, this coastal highway winds along some of the most spectacular ocean views in the U.S.
Route 116 Sonoma County
This State Scenic Highway passes a historic resort and logging area along the Russian River. Second growth redwood forests and eucalyptus groves form a canopy over the highway.
Route 12 Valley of the Moon Highway
Hwy 12 from Annadel State Park to Sonoma
Route 152 Pacheco Pass Road
This State Scenic Highway passes through agricultural lands and the San Luis Reservoir State Recreational Area.
Route 156 Monterey County
This scenic highway offers views of the agricultural area famous for artichoke production.
Route 160 River Road
Route 160, the River Road, offers a great way to enjoy the California Delta, a complex system of rivers, channells, and canals, mainly from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers.
Route 1 Big Sur Coast Highway
Travel the route that hugs the California coast, providing access to austere, windswept cypress trees, fog-shrouded cliffs and the crashing surf of the Pacific Ocean. Views include rugged canyons, towering redwoods, sea lions, and other marine life.
Route 24 Alameda County
This State Scenic Highway passes attractive residential and commercial areas, with 3,849-foot- high Mt. Diablo as the focus.
Route 280 Father Junipero Serra Freeway
This designated State Scenic Highway, which has received national aesthetic awards, traverses the valley created by the San Andreas Fault.
Route 35 Skyline Boulevard
This narrow State Scenic Highway cuts through the backcountry of 'Silicon Valley' and provides views of San Francisco Bay.
Route 580 MacArthur Freeway
This recessed freeway, a State Scenic Highway, has received several aesthetic awards for attractive landscaping.
Route 680 Alameda County
This well-placed freeway features wooded hillsides and valleys.
Route 680 Contra Costa County
This suburban freeway provides views of 3,849-foot-high Mt. Diablo.
Route 68 Monterey County
This gently curving scenic highway travels along a corridor of oak, sycamore, and pine trees with views of Mt. Toro.
Route 9 Saratoga Los Gatos Road
This state Scenic Highway curves through a suburban area at the foot of the Santa Clara Mountains.
Routes 5 and 580 West Side Freeway
This portion of Interstate 5 parallels the Delta-Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct, which transformed semi-desert lands into a thriving agricultural area.