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Northern California's Point Reyes National Seashore was named Punto de los Reyes ("Kings' Point") by Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno as his ship landed there on the Day of the Three Kings in 1603.
Today 100 square miles of undeveloped coastline are protected as national park lands. Point Reyes includes estuaries, beaches, grasslands, coniferous forests as well as salt and freshwater marshes. About one-third of this national parkland has been designated as Phillip Burton Wilderness.
Point Reyes' historic coastal radiotelegraph marine station is the only commercial Morse code station still operating in the U.S. and one of very few left in the world.
This is a beloved destination for recreationists living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hiking, biking, sea kayaking and wildlife viewing are popular activities.
Point Reyes is a famous bird-watching locale, as over 45% of North American avian species, or 450 species, can be found here.
There are also 38 threatened and endangered species, including two that have rebounded from the brink of extirpation: the Northern elephant seal and the Tule elk.
Point Reyes is also an excellent place to watch the annual gray whale migration.