11/19/2012 09:02 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

The Lonely Beauty Of Point Reyes (VIDEO)

Point Reyes National Seashore is remarkably diverse, both in animal life and habitat. Considered by some to be one of the top three wildlife viewing spots in California, it's most known for it's Tule Elk reserve and for the wintering grounds of the elephant seal. It's home to 80 species of mammals and 490 species of birds have been spotted there. The terrain includes beaches, sand dunes, grasslands, lagoons, marshes and forested mountains.

An abundance of recreational opportunities exist including hiking, backcountry camping, kayaking and biking. The 100-square-mile area also harbors several historically significant structures and locales.

The park is a mere 30 miles from San Francisco and requires no entrance fee. It's definitely a must see for tourists of the Bay Area.

Point Reyes National Seashore from Matt Brass on Vimeo.