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3 of the Bay Area’s Best-Kept Camping Spots Within One Hour of The Harrison

May 3, 2019

With world-class cuisine, shopping, parks, museums and more around every corner, San Francisco’s vibrant city certainly has it all. And, for weekends that call for a night spent under the stars, San Francisco boasts unrivaled proximity to the best of the Bay Area’s camping (and glamping) destinations—all a short drive away from your home at The Harrison. Here, whether setting up camp in the mountains or along the coast, residents can retreat to nature with exceptional ease.

Mount Tamalpais

Located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the heart of Marin County, Mount Tamalpais is a 2,571-foot peak brimming with forested hillsides, redwood groves and sweeping vistas. With views that reach the Marin County hills, San Francisco Bay, the East Bay, Mount Diablo and the Farallon Islands, the mountain is a popular escape to soak in the area’s natural splendor—whether hiker, cyclist or outdoor enthusiast. Here, set up tent at the Pantoll or Bootjack Campground for a memorable weekend spent amid the magic of Mount Tam.

Angel Island State Park

Angel Island is one of the Bay Area’s most beloved treasures to tour, hike or camp—and getting there is half the fun. Just a short ferry ride from San Francisco, Angel Island’s campsite offers a retreat immersed in nature, surrounded by 360-degree views of Bay Area skyline and abundant with hiking trails to venture and a rich history to discover. The ideal campsite for city dwellers who are looking for a complete change in scenery without the usual travel-time, Angel Island’s haven is ideal for a spontaneous weekend getaway.

Kirby Cove

If you’re looking for a dose of Northern California’s coastline, head to Kirby Cove for a campsite backdropped by iconic Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco vistas. Located at the foot of the Marin Headlands, the Kirby Cove Campsite is the perfect setting to gather around a campfire with friends and take in the expansive, natural beauty that surrounds the area. Before returning home, make sure to explore the area’s neighboring sights, such The Point Bonita Lighthouse or Muir Woods National Monument.

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