Cypress Tree Tunnel in Point Reyes National Seashore

If you follow travel photographers on Instagram, then chances are good that you have seen the famous Cypress Tree Tunnel of Point Reyes sometime in the last few years. It is hard to beat a spot this beautiful as the Cypress trees do literally grow into a tunnel over the road. It is not on the park map though, but they will tell you about it if you go to the visitors center, or you can read the information on it below.

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  • Best for sunset but it will be busy with other photographers

Getting There

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The cypress tree tunnel is located about halfway between the lighthouse and the visitors center. It is hard to miss, as you can see the trees coming for about a mile before you get there. That being said, there is no sign so you need to watch out for the sign that says “North District Operations Center” as this is where you will turn.

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Immediately when you turn you will see the trees and know you are in the right place. I have been before when there were a bunch of cars there blocking the shot, but last time I went it was raining so I had the spot all to myself. The rain wasn’t good for getting a beautiful sunset shot, but it worked great for taking my time and setting up some photos without other people. Here are a few I took.

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At the end of the drive is the a building which was not open when I went, so I turned around and photographed the tunnel from the other direction as well.

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I am not sure which angle I like better, I would recommend that you do both if you are there and have the time.

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This is one of those rare spots that actually lives up to your expectations. I feel like a lot of places you see in people’s photos have been heavily edited, but I was amazed by the cypress tree tunnel when I saw it in real life. I highly recommend you make the trip out to photograph it and to explore the amazing Point Reyes National Seashore while you are at it as well. Let me know what you thought in the comments.

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  • Lisa Van Dyke

    Hi Josh, I just wanted to say that I love your blog and all the wonderful and useful information you provide! I finally got the nerve to just go explore for fun and found your blog so informative to even someone like me who grew up in Sacramento. Thanks again for sharing your experiences!

    • Thanks for the comment! I am so glad the blog has been helpful and I am glad to hear you are exploring!

  • Joey Ma

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Josh! From your experience, how would I be able to park and spend a good 20 minutes there? Do I just park on the side of the road? I’m actually planning to propose there… 😀 Anything I should be aware of?

    • Thanks for the comment and congrats! There are a few parking spots at the end of the tree tunnel near the building. Also, the sign says it is open until sunset I think, so you want to make sure you are there before then, but that being said I haven’t seen the gate closed when I have gone. Let me know if you have more questions

  • Tess D

    Hi Josh, amazing photos, my favorite was the last one from the opposite side of tree tunnel. I just added to my “must go to” places. Thank you for sharing.

    • No problem, it is a great spot in California!