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.


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.


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.


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: