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Escape from SF: Pinnacles National Monument

Just two and a half hours south of San Francisco sits an outdoor paradise, Pinnacles National Monument. Enjoy camping, hiking, rock climbing, caving, trail running, biking, bird watching and if you're lucky, you may even spot North America's largest land bird, the elusive California Condor–a giant bird with an impressive nine-foot wingspan.

Enjoy exploring Talus Caves and the expansive 39-square-mile monument that's made up of rock canyons, spires, monoliths, and crags that are remnants of an ancient volcano and millions of years old.