A Confetti of Colors

From a lavender labyrinth on a bee farm, to wildflower walks, and hikes with blue ocean vistas and the Golden Gate, these five outdoor excursions are as colorful and fun as Easter Egg art.

Week: 04.13.2022
Regions: Northern CA

Lavender Labyrinth

Lavender Labyrinth at Bees N Blooms in Santa Rosa

Two women at the entrance of the Lavender Labyrinth at Bees N Blooms in Santa Rosa
Ducks at Bees N Blooms Labyrinth Lavender Farm in Petaluma
Two people walking the lavender labyrinth at Bees N Blooms in Petaluma
Two people walking the lavender labyrinth at the Labyrinth and Flower Garden at Bees N Blooms in Petaluma
Labyrinths are meditative meanders. Add fragrant organic lavender and you're at Bees N Blooms at the foot of Taylor Mountain near Santa Rosa, experiencing their “ancient pathway of peace” and more.
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Edgewood Sparklers

Wildflowers and Views at Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve in Woodside

Hiker at Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve in Woodside
Hikers on the trail at Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve in Woodside
Two people cuddling on a bench overlooking an oak tree and hills at Edgewood Preserve in Woodside
Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve in Woodside sparkles with wildflowers, and you can see them on this 4.2-mile loop with vistas of Mount Diablo and the San Francisco Bay.
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Headlands Over Heels

Hike the SCA Trail in the Marin Headlands for Fresh Views of the Golden Gate Bridge

Hiker on the SCA trail in Marin Headlands with view of the Golden Gate Bridge
Hiker on SCA Trail in the Marin Headlands North Bay
Two people sitting to take in a view of the Golden Gate from the Marin Headlands
People come from all over the world to get a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge. Get a dramatic and novel view of the bridge without all the people on this moderate 6-mile hike in the Marin Headlands.
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Heart of the Matter

Heart of the Park Hike in the Presidio San Francisco

Hike in the Presidio San Francisco
Hiker among eucalyptus trees in the Heart of the Park hike in the San Francisco Presidio
With very few tourists in town, San Francisco’s Presidio gets to bask mostly in local love. Do the classic Heart of the Park hike, which includes the historic and poignant National Cemetery Overlook.
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Footloose in the Foothills

Hike Diablo Foothills Regional Park in the East Bay

Hiker at Diablo Foothills Regional Park in the East Bay
Hikers on a trail at Diablo Foothills Regional Park
Hiker and dog at Diablo Foothills Regional Park in the East Bay
In spring, Diablo Foothills Regional Park bursts with green rolling hills, wildflowers, and some of the lushest views of Mount Diablo itself. Go on an 8-mile loop among this verdant scenery.
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    Smack in the middle of Monterey, and featuring a phenomenal view of the bay and the harbor, Lower Presidio Historic Park is truly an undiscovered gem. In fact, some historians have called it “the most historically significant site on the West Coast of America.”

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