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'Run for the Seals' 5K Benefits the Bay Area's At-Risk Sea Life

When was the last time you went for a run to help a distressed pinniped? If you raised a flipper, then you’ve most likely put some miles in on behalf of the Marine Mammal Center.

Enjoy the Warm Weather at These Sunny Bay Area Beaches

It'd be a crime to stay indoors today! Feel free to escape to one of these sunny, warm, and inviting beaches around the Bay Area. 

A Picturesque Hike in Dairy Country at Petaluma's Helen Putnam Park

Delightful Helen Putnam Regional Park is a small wilderness area that lies just outside of Petaluma. There you’ll discover 216 acres of grassy hillsides, native oak forests, a fishing pond, and killer panoramic views.

NorCal’s Top 10 Gran Fondo and Century Rides

There’s nothing like a 100-mile day spent in the saddle. 

Find Magic on Larkspur's Dawn Falls Trail

These days, Muir Woods is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Bay Area, and as a result, it’s generally mobbed with visitors, leaving few opportunities to enjoy the peace and solitude that a primal Redwood forest should provide. But don't worry, there is another Marin gem that can offer up the serene magic that a walk in the woods should provide.

Hike to an East Bay Hidden Gem, Port Costa

Never heard of Port Costa— the tiny, hidden gem in the northern reaches of Contra Costa County? While seemingly off the beaten path, this gorgeous hike is surprisingly accessible.

Ultimate Sunday Bike Ride: Hicks Valley and Wilson Hill

If the city is feeling oppressively urban, get rural Sunday (or any day) with a Marin County ride that promises miles of quiet country roads just 30 minutes away. 

Hawk Hill Challenge - The Bay Area's Most Scenic Road Ride

The view of the City southeast from high atop Hawk Hill in the Headland

A visit to one of the Bay Area’s most scenic vistas is not soon forgotten – getting to it on a bike for the first time is even more memorable. Today we’ll tackle a top tourist attraction that is also a challenge for cyclists of all abilities. A ride up to Hawk Hill is a great bucket list climb – one that elite San Francisco cyclists often incorporate into their weekly training regimes.

The Ultimate Sunday Hike: Get Panoramic Bay Area Views From Atop Sweeney Ridge

The climb to the top of Sweeney Ridge is breathtaking, both for the pitch that gradually steepens as you ascend and for the magnificant vistas of the Bay Area's varied geography once you've reached the ridgeline.

Ultimate Weekend Hike: 360° Views from Atop Angel Island

The top of Angel Island’s Mt. Livermore provides one of the Bay Area’s most spectacular and least crowded viewpoints.  The only access to this centrally located vista rising 788 feet above San Francisco Bay is by ferry and foot, ensuring that only those willing to make the effort get to enjoy it.

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