Outdoor Places to Visit in the Bay Area

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Bernal Heights Park
(Bernal Heights Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94110)

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This hill offers a fantastic view of San Francisco, primarily the Mission District and the San Francisco skyline.

The park is a very popular area for dogs and ideal for a quick hike. People of all ages are seen visiting the park with their families and friends. At the very top of the hill is a swing overlooking the park itself and the bay.


Pigeon Point Lighthouse
(Pigeon Point Lighthouse, Pigeon Point Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060)

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Built in 1871, this lighthouse is the tallest on the west coast of the United States, part of the Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park. The park not only includes the historic lighthouse, but also a hostel and beaches on either side. One of the main features is Whaler’s Cove, a three-acre site with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, rich wildlife habitat, and coastal access.

The park is directly off Highway 1, making it easily accessible and perfect and for a day spent in Pescadero.
Rodin Sculpture Garden
(328 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305)

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Directly beside the Stanford Cantor Museum is the Rodin Sculpture Garden. The collection is one of the largest collection of Auguste Rodin’s works outside of Paris, a man considered the forefather of modern sculpture. The collection is composed of 20 Rodin’s works, and is open to the public 24 hours a day for no fee.

This garden is primarily for those who enjoy art, but has a peaceful environment every person can enjoy.


Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden
(1431 Waverley St, Palo Alto, CA 94301)

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This simple garden is ideal for a relaxing morning stroll or a place to eat lunch. The park is easily accessible, directly off Embarcadero Road. Various types of flowers and plants are scattered throughout the garden. In the midst of the gardens is a historic home, a carriage house, and a tearoom.

The park can also be rented for events such as weddings.


San Mateo Japanese Tea Garden
(Japanese Tea Garden, San Mateo, CA 94401)

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Found in the San Mateo Central Park, this Japanese Tea Garden is a hidden gem. Despite its relatively small size, the garden includes a large pond full of beautiful koi fish. It also features a plethora of different types of plants, perfect for taking pictures.

This attraction is perfect for a family visit, a peaceful walk, or a quick stop to clear your mind.


I'm Fiona Belk, a first year journalism student in my junior year. I started journalism to become more involved in the M-A community, which I will do while also pursuing one of my passions of photography by taking photos to accompany stories. For the past two years I have been involved in the M-A track team. In my free time I like to watch movies, hang with friends, and go thrifting. I also spend time with my family and my two fat, white bunnies. This year I am excited to meet new people and have a great junior year.

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