For Escaping the City
Sunol Regional Wilderness, CA
Quite possibly the wildest place to be within such close proximity to an urban center – just 30 minutes from Oakland – Sunol is all rolling verdant hills and chunky rock peaks. Adding to the charm of the sprawling, 28,000 acre expanse is that it's often populated by roaming, grass-munching cattle from local farmers. And lest you forget you're not just in some municipal park, there's, plenty of actual wildlife in the neighborhood too, like golden eagles, black-tailed dear and occasionally even mountain lions. While Sunol's campsites are currently shuttered (you can still find plenty at Anthony Chabot or Del Valle Wilderness, which connect with Suno) there are backcountry sites year round, but a permit and five-day advance reservation are required.