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Park Pleasures

Who’s up for an easy summer adventure? Our local parks have trails to be explored and shows to be enjoyed! From a newly opened hike in the redwoods and a classic coastal headlands wander, to Broadway Under the Stars in a state park, here’s a trio of ideas for soaking in the season.

Week 07.25.2019
Regions Northern CA

Broadway Under the Stars

Broadway Under the Stars at Jack London State Park in Sonoma Valley

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Media consistently names it among the best outdoor concert venues in the country. Well, we’re going to go ahead and call it #1. Transcendence Theatre Company’s “Broadway Under the Stars” in Jack London State Historic Park has the tagline ‘Best Night Ever’ for a reason. Set within…
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Have You Conquered Concord?!

Concord Hikes, Bike Rides, and Other Hidden Gems

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Guided Hikes on Mount Diablo Go on a guided twilight hike on Mount Diablo for a quieter (dare we say intimate?) experience. Book early for the famous later summer Tarantula hike! Beauty from the Bicycle Seat Bikers can select from the Quick & Dirty Guide to the East Bay’s Best…
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Battery Recharger

Hike Hill 88 and Battery Townsley Marin Headlands

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So close, yet far enough to get swept up in iconic coastal scenery—that pretty much defines this classic hike in the Marin Headlands. Go on a winding 5-mile loop hike that brings together the best of the headlands. Starting from the main Rodeo Beach parking area, head east along…
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Bear Necessity!

Hike at Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve on the Peninsula

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There’s an ancient forest that’s been given a new lease on life and just opened to the public in June! Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve is ideal for summer hiking thanks to shaded trails that keep things cooler. Monarch butterflies flitter about, woodpeckers are drumming…
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    Shealor Stunner

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    Peak-a-View!

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