4 Destinations for Fun and Exploration in Northern California
There are many reasons to consider a move to the San Francisco Bay area — from the stellar job market to the expansive selection of amenities to the beautiful architecture. Anyone of the adventurous persuasion will also be intrigued by the natural and cultural diversity of the surrounding region. There are countless opportunities for fun and exploration within just a few hours of the metropolitan area: here are just a few that we have chosen to highlight:
1. Alcatraz. Located one mile north of the San Francisco Peninsula, Alcatraz Island occupies less than one square mile — yet this small rock in the Bay packs quite the historical punch. Alcatraz was originally settled for the purposes of building a lighthouse; which to this day remains the oldest lighthouse in the Pacific U.S. It has also played host to a military base, a prison, and an occupation by Native American activists. Today, it is a national landmark and a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
2. Muir Woods National Monument. This is also part of the Golden Gate National Recreation area, this forest is home to a diverse and fascinating range of plants and animals; most notably the famed California Redwoods, which are among the oldest remaining plants on planet earth.
3. Stinson Beach. One of the cleanest and sandiest beaches in Northern California, Stinson hosts tens of thousands of tourists every summer and is beloved by Bay Area residents for its tranquil atmosphere located just outside of one the nation’s busiest cosmopolitan regions.
4. New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. One of the oldest and (to this day) most productive quicksilver mine in the United States, the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum offers a unique and detailed insight into an oftentimes overlooked aspect of American history; and is sure to interest both young and old alike.
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