Hoarding the Best View of the Golden Gate Bridge in Kirby Cove
To reach secluded Kirby Cove, at the foot of the Marin Headlands, you need a code to unlock a metal gate, which offers access to a road winding down to the shore. Forget about camping here on a whim—people book sites sometimes a year in advance for holidays, the summer, and popular weekends. Day use is equally fun here, particularly on a sunny day: Watching the Blue Angels zoom across the sky from this locale, for instance—while lying in a hammock and grasping a cold beer—is in-cred-i-ble. The view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay is top-notch, and the cove itself boasts smooth sand and an old fort that's a bit creepy, but worthy of exploration and photography. If you book a BBQ site overlooking the cliff for a day, or score one of the tent sites overnight, you've landed prime Golden Gate Park territory.