On this loop you can view the Golden Gate Bridge from below at Fort Point, where Jimmy Stewart rescued Kim Novak in Hitchcock's mystery thriller Vertigo. Then cross the bridge into Marin and ride up the coast, past towering Mount Tamalpais. Wind your way around redwoods and the gorgeous Point Reyes National Seashore, where you can take an 0.6 mile "earthquake walk" that explores the infamous San Andreas Fault that ruptured here in 1906. As you cruise up Highway 1 north of Stinson Beach, you're driving straight up the rift zone!
|Start:||SR-1 / US 101 @ Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA|
|North||SR-1 / US-101||5.9|
|Right on ramp||SR-1 / Shoreline Hwy.||0.9|
|Left||SR-1 / Shoreline Hwy. (in Mill Valley)||44.1|
|Right||Chileno Valley Rd||9.6|
|Right||Wilson Hill Rd.||2.6|
|Left||Hicks Valley Rd.||2.7|
|Right||Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd.||4.2|
|Left||Nicasio Valley Rd.||3.9|
|Left||Lucas Valley Rd.||10.2|
|Right on ramp||US-101 / Redwood Hwy. (south)||17.0|
|Finish||US-101 / SR-1 @ Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA|
San Quentin State Prison was established in July of 1852 as an answer to the lawlessness in California during the Gold Rush. In a cruel twist of fate, the prison was actually built by the inmates the state planned to house; these inmates slept on the prison boat during construction. Also on this ride is the bohemian town of Bolinas, where the residents detract visitors by taking down the road signs leading to town. If you do ever find your way there, see if they're selling kava brownies or tie-dyed carrot cake at the local bakery.
Suggested Stops: Drive to the coast via Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. At the end of the road, you'll find the Point Reyes Lighthouse, which since 1870 has been casting its rotating beam for 24 nautical miles.
Tony's Oyster Bar (Fri-Sun only)
Absolute must-stop on weekends
18863 Hwy. 1, Marshall, CA
Mountain Home Inn
Check out an amazing Bay Area view
810 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley, CA
A cozy pub with a roaring fireplace
10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach, CA
This ride route was a great suggestion created with a company called MadMaps. Stop by Oakland Harley-Davidson and pick up a MADMAP today.