San Francisco to Jenner
Highway 1’s route through San Francisco isn’t lovely. Downgraded to 19th Avenue, it’s 4 miles of red lights. But wait. Soon
it pulls you across the Golden Gate Bridge, then on the Marin side twists west to bring you back to the Pacific. Here beside
Tomales Bay is Northern California keeping nature and civilization in equilibrium: the $20 locally sourced salad balanced
by the beach you stroll for free. The highway runs up the Sonoma Coast, following the San Andreas Fault, which has shaped
the cliffs and coves it bends to. The world is wilder—steep green bluffs, coffee brown rocks, cold blue ocean with distant
sprays from a whale’s spout.
Miles: 82 | Golden Gate Bridge Toll: $6 | Miles of trails at Point Reyes National Seashore: Nearly 150 recorded | Shipwrecks off Marin County: 100+