Parks & Rec

Parks & Recreation

Twin Lakes State Beach

It doesn't get much better than Twin Lakes State Beach on a sunny day. Photo by Eric Ressler.

Just steps from cafes and nightlife.

Seacliff State Beach

Seacliff State Beach's concrete ship, the Palo Alto. Photo by Garrett McAuliffe.

The beach with the concrete ship pier.

Pleasure Point

Epic surfing on view at Pleasure Point. Photo credit: Chris Elmenhurst/

A big bowl of coldwater love on the Eastside.

Castle Rock SP

Castle Rock State Park, one of the Bay Area's favorite places to climb and boulder. Photo credit: Blase Iuliano.

A rock climbing playground near the summit.

Top 5 Scenic Mtn Bike Rides

Coastline Cruise takes you along the edge of the sea at Wilder Ranch. Photo credit: Brooke Wright.

Pretty places to pedal.

Montara State Beach

Montara Beach, framed by picturesque headlands to the north, is a Bay Area favorite. Photo by Manny Vannucci on Flickr.

Dramatic beauty an hour away.

Wilder Ranch

Mountain bikers on the Engelsman bypass. Photo credit: Hilltromper.

If you've got just one day, this is the place.

Panther Beach

Duck through the hole in the wall at Panther Beach to get to a wide-open expanse of sand. Photo credit: Malikas99.

The magic and power of waves and rocks.

The Pogonip

Lookout Trail skirts a meadow in the upper part of Pogonip. Photo credit: Gwyn Fisher.

The call of the wild inside city limits.

Pinnacles NP

Two hikers look up Condor Gulch Trail at Pinnacles National Park. Photo credit: Miguel Vieira/Creative Commons.

Dramatic volcanic spires and soaring California condors