Roughing It Lazy-Like at Steep Ravine in Mill Valley, California
Technically, “camping” just means that you sleep in a tent. Tell your friends you’re going camping on rugged Mt Tamalpais, but bring along a laptop, some movies, and your ipod. Steep Ravine’s easy proximity to civilization (it’s less than a half hour drive from San Francisco) and its remote vibe make it the perfect place for an easy overnight car camping trip. (Be sure to make reservations ahead of time, as the spots fill up many months in advance.) Once you’ve secured one of the handful of secluded campsites on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, it’s easy to park your car adjacent to the campground and load up the handy wheelbarrow with your down comforters, plush pillows, electronic equipment, and still-warm takeout for your sublime night of leisure under the stars.