My NorCal Experiences

Studying in Berkeley allows me to explore Northern California in depth. In this post, I will try to avoid tourist attractions such as the Fishermen Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge, and feature some great hidden spots I have been to.

Point Reyes

 

Point Reyes has always been one of my, if not the only, favorite spots in Northern California. It is an hour drive away from San Francisco. After going northbound on US-101, you will find Sir Francis Drake Boulevard that leads all the way to the Point Reyes Station. The peninsula has a completely separate ecosystem and you should not be surprised at all to spot an elk or an elephant seal by the shore. The lighthouse is one of a few on the west coast that is still operating today. Under foggy weather, the lighthouse area is indeed pervaded with a sense of "Shutter Island". 

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Route No.1

Yes, the famous Route No. 1 that everyone dreams of traveling on. In my honest opinion, the NorCal part of the Route No.1 is way better than that in the SoCal. After exiting the Golden Gate Bridge southbound and passing through the Golden Gate Park, I usually take a detour onto the Great Highway towards Daly City. That way, I will stay on the coastline and spot some great beaches in Pacifica. Continuing South along the coastline, you will go past Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Pebble Beach and Carmel-by-the-Sea, 

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There are still much more to explore. Stay tuned for updates!