A Picturesque Stroll Through the Cypress Tree Tunnel

Photo by Matt Walker

There are so many beautiful places in Northern California that are prime destinations for photographers – Mount Shasta, Burney Falls, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite – but a long row of Monterey cypress trees in the Point Reyes National Seashore might be the best of them all.

Located just north across the bay from San Francisco, the Point Reyes National Seashore is known for it’s charming shoreline, active wildlife, historical lighthouse and Pacific Ocean waterfall (Alamere Falls). But if you’ve seen a photo from the area, it most likely came from one of the most Instagrammable destinations in NorCal – The Cypress Tree Tunnel.

The coastline of Point Reyes National Seashore

The cypress trees were planted in 1930 and have since grown to form a long, mesmerizing tunnel that one could only imagine in a fairytale world in a Disney movie. The tunnel is located about halfway between the visitors center and lighthouse in the park and can be found by turning on the road labeled “North District Operations Center.” Once you turn on the road, you can’t miss it.

Here’s where it’s located:

Of course, if you want to score a photo there, you’ll have to fight with the other photographers who are vying for a similar shot. But even though it’s a popular destination for photographers, its image can take on many lifeforms. From foggy days to filtering light, the time of day and year you visit the tunnel can make it seem like a different place altogether – well, in the photos that is.

Let’s take a look at some of our favorite images of the Cypress Tree Tunnel on Instagram:


Have fun on your trip to the Cypress Tree Tunnel – and don’t forget to bring your camera!

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