The Point Reyes lighthouse
Lighthouse in the fog
Point Reyes is known as one of the foggiest places in the United States of America. During the summer, the fog can become so thick that visibility is no more than a few metres – hence the lighthouse . For more than a century, the lighthouse cast its light over the ocean waves, but was replaced by automated light in 1975. The old lighthouse is now one of the top attractions at Point Reyes. A 310-step stairway takes you down to the rocky outcrop that is the most western point of the park. During the months of April, May and June, it’s the perfect place to spot whales migrating north along the coast.
Herd of tule elk at Tomales Point
A unique section of the park is the Tule Elk Preserve at Tomales Point, where a large herd of rare tule elk roam. This species was more or less extinct by the end of the 19th century. In 1978, a small herd was released at Tomales Point, after which the elk multiplied rapidly. There are now 450 living at Point Reyes National Seashore. July, August and September are the mating months, when volunteers inform curious visitors about the elk and their habits.
The Alamere Falls at Wildcat Beach
Waterfalls and tide pools
With ever-present wind and water temperatures that rarely rise above 10 degrees Celsius, sunbathing is not particularly recommended here. You’re better off focusing on the nature, as the coastline offers breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. Every beach has its own highlights. At Wildcat Beach, for instance, 2 waterfalls crash from the cliff face directly into the ocean and, at Palomarin Beach, there are lots of tide pools to explore during low tide, filled with colourful starfish. A stroll on the beach has never been so varied!