Wonderful place for this Labor Day weekend getaway!

The weekend is something we all look forward to, but long weekends are especially exciting. Not to mention, here in the Bay Area, it finally feels like summer. As a last hurrah before school fully kicks off and before these long summer nights come to an end, here are a list of camping spots to unwind and reconnect with nature – all within a two-hour drive from San Francisco. What’s stopping you?

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

With seven different site loops within the State Park, this is your best bet for a late registration. They are all tucked in dense redwood groves pictured below, which will allow you to enjoy the outdoors without getting too warm in your tent. Bring grill utensils. It’s one of the nicest grills you’ll find at any campsite!

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Point Reyes National Seashore

Ah, Point Reyes, home to Bay Area’s Cow Girl Creamery and the Point Reyes lighthouse. This campsite is one of a kind. You have two options: hike in…or one campsite you must boat in. The hike in is about two miles, so be prepared to carry everything you pack. Making multiple trips to the car is just not an option here.

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Mt. Tamalpais State Park

This campground is first come first serve, except for the amazing Steep Ravine cabins or campsites. Typically I like having reservations, but for the epic views that encompass you when you go to bed and wake up, the fear of the unknown is worth it. Mt. Tam has redwood groves and oak woodlands with a stunning view from the 2,571-foot peak. On a clear day, you can see the Farallon Islands, the hills of Marin, San Francisco and the bay. These cabins book up months in advance, but you won’t regret your stay.

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