Got this feeling on a summer day: Top Bay Area spots to catch the sunset

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Ah, summer. With the air getting warmer and the days getting longer, my favorite time of year is almost upon us. Whether you’re planning to road trip down the California coast or make bank at your new internship, there’s no better way to end these hot summer days than by watching the sunset. Here are the best spots in and around Berkeley to enjoy some of the most beautiful sunset views you’ll ever see. 

Grizzly Peak 

The first sunset I saw from the Tilden View Point on Grizzly Peak Boulevard took my breath away. A calm breeze coated my sunburnt face while I watched the clouds turn a brilliant warm pink as the sun retired for the day. With a gorgeous view of campus and the bay and close proximity to campus, this location is definitely a must-visit.

Clark Kerr Fire Trails

One of the finest places to go on a sunset hike with friends, the Fire Trails make you work up a sweat for the view — and you won’t regret it. If you’re going to be on campus this summer, be sure to check out this location for scenic views of the entire city of Berkeley.

Twin Peaks 

With panoramic views of the San Francisco skyline, this spot is a must the next time you find yourself in the city. You’ll be treated to a gorgeous sunset and then see the city burst in color in night lights. It’ll make for an evening you won’t forget. 

Bolinas Fairfax Ridge 

As a former Marin County high schooler, this location is a personal favorite. Part of the majestic Mount Tamalpais State Park, this spot is frequented by Marin teenagers for iconic golden-hour Instagram pictures. Who can blame them? On clear days, this location offers surreal views of the beach and ocean. On foggy days, you’ll quite literally feel like you’re floating above the clouds. Don’t miss the chance to bask in the ethereal beauty of this spot the next time you have a free evening. 

Marin Headlands 

You can catch a stunning sunset behind an unobstructed view of the Golden Gate Bridge at the Headlands. Also in my hometown, this is another spot I would frequent with my friends in high school. Whether you only visit this spot once or, like me, a hundred times, this is a view that will never get old. 

I’ve seen some of the most astonishingly beautiful sunsets of my life from all of these vista points. If you’re going to be in the Bay Area this summer, you won’t find a better way to end your days than by visiting these incredible spots.

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