Biking in Sunset

If your idea of a fun bike ride doesn’t involve full-body spandex and an all-day trek up an insurmountable hill, then look no further than the 10-mile ride. Although the nine-mile loop in our own beloved Golden Gate Park…

Sometimes the Discovery Channel just isn’t enough. Sometimes you want to get down on the farm. And sometimes you just want to go wild. Whether you’re hankering to hang with massive elephant seals, pet a rhino or ride a…

Central Park Dr. Berkeley, CA 94701 (510) 544-2233 ebparks.org Description Set just north of Tilden Park, the Tilden Nature Area is a vast 740 acres of grasslands, forests, and streams. Its 10 miles of hiking trails range from leisurely boardwalks…

2000 Bunker Road Fort Cronkhite Sausalito, CA 94965-2619 (415) 289-7336 marinemammalcenter.org Description A visit to the Sausalito’s Marine Mammal Center is likely to trigger both outrage and inspiration. In that order. Since 1975, the nonprofit veterinary research hospital has…

6115 Morgan Territory Road Clayton, CA 94517 (510) 269-4830 isabellafarms.org Description There’s something majestic and heartbreakingly beautiful about horses. And there’s something sentimental and precious about our relationship with them. Understanding all this, the good folks at Isabella Farms…

10 Marina Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94123 (415) 331-6267 sfbaywhalewatching.com Description The waters just outside the San Francisco Bay are teeming with wildlife—which means that San Franciscans don’t have to go far for a little National Geographic-style adventure. Enter SF…

250 Ridge Road Pacific Grove, CA 93950 (831) 648-5716 ci.pg.ca.us Description Each year Monarch butterflies swarm up to 2,000 miles from places as far as Canada to winter in California’s warmer temps. More than 25,000 of those travelers make…

Elephant Seal at Ano Nuevo State Reserve

When it comes to nature’s beasts, you don’t get much more fascinating than the elephant seal. These incredible creatures are massive (males stretch from 14 to 16 feet long and weigh up to 2 .5 tons), mean (during mating season,…

china camp state park

Nestled along the shore of the San Pablo Bay, China Camp State Park was once a Chinese shrimp-fishing village in the 1880s. Today it’s a nature-lover’s paradise, home to grassland, coyote brush, salt marsh, meadows, and oak groves. There’s…