Coastal Trail, Marin County, CA
The 1.7-mile span of the Golden Gate Bridge is all that stands between San Franciscans and one of the most stunning urban parks in the world: The windswept and fog-shrouded Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is also the launching pad for one of California’s greatest day-hikes, from Rodeo Beach to Muir Beach. It’s six miles up and over wave-battered bluffs and rolling hills, with endless views out into the Pacific and, at times, glimpses of the city itself. Popular diversions include Hill 88 for its 360-degree panorama of the Bay Area, and the remote, drift wood-littered Tennessee Beach. And while Muir Beach is the destination, most who hike this stretch carry on a few hundred more feet to the Pelican Inn, an English-style pub with warm plates of food and warm English-style ale.
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