Bay Area's Best Indian Summer Beaches

Don’t give up on summer just yet. Hit any of these sandy sanctuaries to make the season last!

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1) Marshall's in Town

Everyone has a favorite view of the Golden Gate Bridge. And ours? With respect to all the great options, we’ve got to say it’s from San Francisco’s Marshall’s Beach. What makes this tucked-away haven in the Presidio so good? For…

2) Take Me Home to Tennessee

Sometimes easy is best. And in this case, the most beautiful! Tennessee Valley trailhead in the Marin Headlands is rightly popular for its classic coastal scenery and variety of trail options. For a 5.5-mile loop with a mile of hardy…

3) Your Trip to Patagonia!

Patagonia's been on your bucket list forever? Make it the trip of a lifetime by going with the experts in small group adventure travel: Active Adventures! Explore classics and hidden gems by day, sleep in a cozy wilderness lodge or charming…

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4) Sunset Gone Wilder

So you’re sort of snobby about your sunsets? You like a brilliant technicolor all across the sky as the sun sets on the horizon? Great! Go Wilder! Wilder Ranch State Park’s Old Cove Landing Trail is an easy 3-mile (round-trip)…

5) Who's Chicken

Don’t let the name deceive you. Chicken Ranch Beach isn’t for the birds. It’s for folks who want to spend a mellow afternoon at a totally swimmable beach on the shore of Tomales Bay in Point Reyes. Most cars zip…

6) Stump for It!

Ready to go wild, then kick back and relax? It’s so easy to do on a beach-to-bluff hike in the lightly visited Salt Point State Park on the Sonoma Coast. Most people do the 1.2-mile (one-way) Salt Point Trail to…

7) Hidden Perles

You're gonna need a boat to get to one of the best beaches in the Bay Area. Fortunately, ferries leave on a regular schedule to the tranquil state park in the middle of the Bay, Angel Island. Most visitors stick…

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