Best Day Trips from San Francisco

Known for its world-class wineries and vineyards, Napa Valley is just a short drive from San Francisco. Enjoy wine tastings, scenic views, and gourmet dining.

Napa Valley:

Similar to Napa, Sonoma County offers a plethora of wineries, but it also boasts charming towns like Healdsburg and Sonoma Plaza. The scenery is stunning, and you can explore both wine and local cuisine.

Sonoma County

A short drive north of San Francisco, Muir Woods is famous for its towering redwood trees. Take a hike through the lush forest and marvel at the ancient giants.

Muir Woods National Monument:

Just a short ferry ride or drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito is a picturesque waterfront town with charming shops, galleries, and excellent views of the city.

Sausalito:

Enjoy the scenic drive down the coast to Half Moon Bay. This coastal town offers beautiful beaches, coastal trails, and a charming downtown area.

Half Moon Bay:

A bit farther north, Point Reyes is a nature lover's paradise. Explore the lighthouse, hike along the cliffs, and visit the Point Reyes Station for some local eats.

Point Reyes National Seashore:

Located just across the Bay Bridge, Berkeley is known for its eclectic culture, vibrant arts scene, and the beautiful UC Berkeley campus. Explore the Berkeley Hills for stunning views.

Berkeley:

A longer drive, but worth it for the charming and romantic atmosphere of Carmel. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, explore art galleries, and dine in one of the town's excellent restaurants.

Carmel-by-the-Sea:

A little over an hour's drive from San Francisco, Santa Cruz offers a laid-back beach vibe. Enjoy the boardwalk, visit the Santa Cruz Beach, and explore the vibrant downtown area.

Santa Cruz:

Head south to Palo Alto to explore the prestigious Stanford University campus. Visit the Stanford Shopping Center and stroll through the charming downtown area.

Palo Alto and Stanford University: