Bay Area Adventures: The 15 Most Beautiful Places in California You Didn't Know Existed. From Yosemite and Big Sur, to Joshua Tree and Santa Barbara, California is home to some of the most beautiful places on the West Coast. It's beautiful enough, that no matter how many Half Dome hikes you take, you're still never even going to scratch the surface.
Located in between the Pacific Ocean and Tomales Bay (and inside of the Point Reyes National Seashore) you'll find this Monterey cypress "tree tunnel" that leads to an old Point Reyes wireless telegraphy receiving station built in the
Located in the Point Reyes National Seashore, the Monterey cypress tree tunnel is one of the most distinguishing features in the area. Marshall, an area on Tomales Bay, is the site of a former — and very successful — communication station
The 15 Most Beautiful Places in California You Didn't Know Existed Alamere Falls Point Reyes Oh this? It's just a waterfall. THAT FLOWS DIRECTLY INTO THE OCEAN. A rare "tidefall," it's found by following the Coast Trail from the Palomarin Trailhead on a 8.5-mile round-trip hike. Pro tip: stop at Bass Lake along the way if you're into rope swings. (Editor's Note: You're into rope swings.)
Mossbrae Falls Dunsmuir Yep. That's in California. One of the most scenic waterfalls in the Golden State, Mossbrae Falls are fed by springs, which course down a moss-covered canyon wall and create this eye-bulger. Just make sure you use the right access point -- one of the trails is closed.
Painted Canyons Mecca Located about an hour southeast of Palm Springs, this is hands down one of the most unique California "hikes" you'll ever go on, largely because it's a LADDER hike (!) through a narrow and actually really refreshingly cold gorge formed years ago by the San Andreas Fault. The whole "Painted Canyons" name is thanks to the walls, which are washed with pinks, reds, grays, browns, and greens -- especially when you first pull into the canyon. Bonus: a few years back, some…