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San Francisco Bay Area State Parks, Historic Sites and Beaches

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Angel Island State Park
Ano Nuevo State Reserve
Benicia Capital State Historic Park
Benicia State Recreation Area
Bethany Reservoir State Recreation Area
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Butano State Park
Candlestick Point State Recreation Area
Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area
Castle Rock State Park
China Camp State Park
Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
Gray Whale Cove State Beach
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Lake del Valle State Recreation Area
Manresa State Beach
Montara State Beach
Mount Diablo State Park
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Natural Bridge State Beach
New Brighton State Beach
Olompali State Historic Park
Pacifica State Beach
Pescadero State Beach
Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park
Portola Redwoods State Park
Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
San Bruno Mountain State Park
San Gregorio State Beach
Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
Sea Cliff State Beach
Sunset State Beach
Tomales Bay State Park
Twin Lakes State Beach
Wilder Ranch State Park

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Angel Island with San Francisco in the background
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Angel Island with San Francisco in the background
Description - San Francisco is a beatiful city sorrounded by the Pacific Oceana and the San Francisco Bay. Its many parks and attractions together with cultural activities make it a favorite for visitors.

Attractions - This region encompasses a variety of landscapes: sheltered coves, and tidal marshes lead to redwood forests traced by hiking and horse trail. A vital breeding ground for northern elephant seals points the way to the site of a world-renowned monarch butterfly migration.

The San Francisco Bay Area features 13 state parks, one state reserve, 13 state beaches, three state recreation parks, and three state historic parks.

Recreation - Outdoor recreation activities at the state park sites in the Bay Area include: hiking, biking, picnicking, and camping, sightseeing, swimming, sea kayaking, fishing, surfing, windsurfing, horseback riding.

Climate - Climate in the San Francisco-Bay area varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.

Location - This region includes the greater Bay Area, from Santa Cruz north to Tomales Bay, and inland to Walnut Creek and Mount Diablo.

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California Department of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 942896 , Sacramento, CA, 94296-0001, Phone: 916-653-6995

Additional Information:
California State Parks, Beaches and Historic Parks - California has 265 state parks which cover 1.3 million diverse acres. The huge variety of state parks offers tremendous outdoor recreation opportunities.
San Francisco Bay Area - The San Francisco Bay Area offers incredibly diverse experiences. It features cosmopolitan cities, Point Reyes National Seashore, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and an array of incredible state park sites.


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