South Bay Outdoor Bounties

While we all still cling to summer, the truth is fall's bounty is at our doorstep. So step outside and greet the new season in South Bay style with a classic hike, an urban bike ride, and some time at the ranch ....

Week 09.15.2021
Regions Northern CA

Bike Ride to Bountiful

Bike the Guadalupe River Trail in San Jose and see parks, sculptures, gardens, and wetlands

Sculpture of two kids pointing at the sky near the San Jose Airport with planes flying overhead
Woman sitting on a dock overlooking the water and marshland in San Jose along the Guadalupe River Trail
Biker on Guadalupe River Trail in San Jose
The Guadalupe River Trail in San Jose makes an excellent bike ride with minimal hills, gardens, parks, and easy access to food, art, and entertainment along the entire 10-mile stretch of trail.
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Sea Change

Plan a Relaxing Autumn Visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium

sea otters exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium
jellyfish exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium
exhibit at Monterey Bay Aquarium
Right in time for the balmy fall days, the crowds have left and Monterey Bay Aquarium is at its shoulder season best. Fewer people means relaxing with more room to roam and enjoy the animals, exhibits, and nearby outdoors for biking, hiking, and beaches.
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Hiking Forecast: Windy

Hike and Watch a Sunset at Windy Hill Preserve in the South Bay

Fall colors on your mind? Put Windy Hill Preserve in the South Bay on your hiking list. We recommend a 6.2-mile loop that starts and finishes at its namesake summit, where sunsets dazzle.
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Hike and Seek

Hike McClellan Ranch Preserve Near Cupertino

This 2.1-mile hike in McClellan Ranch Preserve near downtown Cupertino has quiet nature, historic ranch buildings, wildlife-watching, fall color, and Stevens Creek.
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