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4 Ways to Escape to Nature, Right at Home

August 19, 2020

Every once in a while, we could all use a break from the everyday routine. And for those moments, we’re grateful that an escape to nature is never far away from The Harrison. Either down the street or across the bay, here’s where to go to get away.

1. Muir Woods

Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, Muir Woods has been a protected National Monument for over 100 years. This 558-acre park is one of the last-standing ancient redwood forests. Some of the trees in the park are nearly 1,000 years old! Muir Woods is home to 380 different plants and animals, making it a great place to experience wildlife of all kinds.

Notes: Pay your entry fee and book a parking reservation ahead of time at GoMuirWoods.com. Pets are not allowed in Muir Woods.

2. Baker Beach

Just below the Presidio’s western shoreline, the mile-long Baker Beach is a great escape from the hustle of the city without having to leave it. Though not a beach for swimming (the rip currents and waves can be deceptively dangerous), Baker Beach is the perfect spot to turn off for a few hours. If you’re an early riser, get there before dawn, lay out a blanket, dig your toes into the sand and watch the sunrise over the Golden Gate.

3. Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park

Just a few miles from downtown Oakland, the 1,077-acre Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park provides a serene escape. You could go for a quiet walk among the 150-foot redwoods, set out on one of the many hiking trails or plan an overnight trip in the wilderness.

Notes: To reserve an overnight camping spot, call 1-888-327-2757. Dogs are allowed. Pay attention to park rules for on- and off-leash regulations.

4. Mount Tamalpais (Mt. Tam)

Another Marin County landmark, Mount Tamalpais State Park — commonly known as Mt. Tam — is a popular hiking area for San Francisco residents. For those who really want to escape into nature, the park offers more than 50 hiking trails, camping and wheelchair-accessible viewpoints.

Notes: Camping is available on a first come, first serve basis. Leashed dogs are allowed only on paved roads and campgrounds. 

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