The Royal Tour
Only a couple hours north of San Francisco lies Point Reyes, one of the most stunning pieces of California's coastline. It sits on a triangle of land that will one day, thanks to the San Andreas Faultline that runs up the state, cleave from the mainland.
Point Reyes is subject to intense fog, especially in the mornings, but if you wait long enough, it will almost always clear.
The Point Reyes Lighthouse is one of the most visited features, although it was closed when I was there. This is one of the most dangerous places for shipping, and this lighthouse, built in 1870, protects boats from running into the rocks coast.
Along the walk to Chimney Rock, on the other side of the peninsula from the lighthouse, is this old lifeboat station. Boats would launch down that ramp.
Chimney Rock is a beautiful - and fairly short - walk, past elephant seals and sea lions. Don't forget to click the link below to read more about how to spend a perfect day at Point Reyes National Seashore!