Best Places to Photograph in Point Reyes (Photo Guide)

During my road trip to the west coast I’ve seen some incredible National Parks. Point Reyes National Seashore is no exception, from an iconic abandoned boat to foggy cypress trees Reyes’ has plenty of unique things to photograph.

If you’re visiting San Francisco it’s well worth the hour+ drive up to Point Reyes.

Here is my list of places to shoot at Point Reyes National Seashore:

1. Point Reyes Shipwreck

Point Reyes Shipwreck
Point Reyes Abandoned Shipwreck

This has to be the most popular sight in Point Reyes, the abandoned boat on the shore is an amazing sight to see for any photographer or traveller.

In February of 2016 someone did fire spinning on the boat and burned down most of the stern. There is still plenty of the bow to see (as pictured above) but please do not make the same mistakes others have here.

Point Reyes Shipwreck on Google Maps

2. Cypress Tree Tunnel

Point Reyes Cypress Tree Tunnel
Point Reyes’ Cypress Tree Tunnel

Located on the drive to the lighthouse be sure to make a quick stop at the cypress tree tunnel. There is an old wireless building and parking lot at the end of the driveway so you can easily get out and shoot the spot.

The weather was foggy and cold when I went but if you get here for sunset you can get some fantastic views of light shining through the trees.

Cypress Tree Tunnel on Google Maps

3. Point Reyes Lighthouse

Sadly closed and too foggy to photograph while I visited Point Reyes but if you can line up a clear day for sunset here it’s quite the sight.

Point Reyes Lighthouse on Google Maps

4. Foggy Point Reyes Cypress Tree

Foggy Cypress Point Reyes
Foggy cypress tree on the path to the Point Reyes Lighthouse

This has to be my favorite spot in Point Reyes. This cypress tree hanging over the road on the way to the Point Reyes lighthouse is a sight you don’t get to see everyday.

It was about a 0.5 mile hike from the parking lot since the lighthouse lot was closed when I went.

It gets quite chilly here so be sure to wear a jacket.

Point Reyes Lighthouse on Google Maps

I hope my list of spots to take pictures in Point Reyes jump starts your trip to California.

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1 comment on “Best Places to Photograph in Point Reyes (Photo Guide)”

  1. Beautiful, love the Cypress Trees, just pinned to our board “Trees” .
    Thanks for sharing. Will have to photograph huge Hemlock Pine next inches away from deck.
    Love the house and the tree, they co-exist. How cool.

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