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The Sacramento Bee: Doran Regional Park on Bodega Bay

From the writers at The Sacramento Bee.

Driving the two hours to Doran Beach Regional Park is very doable on a Friday evening, and worth it if you want to make the most of your weekend at this beachside haven.

The park, on the southeast side of scenic Bodega Bay, contains a string of tent and RV sites close enough to the bay to smell the salt but remain sheltered from the wind. A symphony of seals and sea lions makes a fantastic sonic backdrop for nights around the campfire.

Doran Beach and its neighboring regional parks contain a network of easy-to-moderate trails offering beautiful views of the coast. There’s also a busy crabbing scene on the camp beach each morning.

For more adventurous types, travel one hour south to Point Reyes National Seashore, an expansive park featuring Northern California’s best beachside hiking. Coming with a canine companion limits your options, but the 2-mile Kehoe Beach trail at the north of the park trail is fair game.

The flat trail winds through a sweeping meadow of lupines and sunflowers before dipping down to Kehoe Beach. The sandy stretch is peppered with crags, cliff caves and washed-up sea life just asking to be photographed.

To read the full story by The Sacramento Bee, click here.

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