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Best 3-day weekend trip from San Francisco?

Looking for something outdoorsy (not Yosemite or LA), that would be a good use of weekend summer trip. Ideally somewhere warm enough for sun, swimming & shorts.

Probably for a small group (either 2 or 4 ppl).

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  • Debbie Lee

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    Hey Bridge, I'm in SF and actually looking for the same! Here are two that I've been looking into:

    Heading south to Big Sur, which is just next-to-godliness beautiful. Just the entire drive and all the random stops along the 1 are stunning. I've done a day trip there before and never stayed over night, but want to! Be sure to stop by the Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant there. Their 9 grain pancake is pretty amazing.Big SurThe other spot on my radar is up north in Mendocino. Never been, but I hear that I need to go to The Glass Beach in Fort Bragg nearby. It's apparently pretty much a beach with sea glass for sand. Was told that I should look into staying Sea Rock Inn.MendocinoThe Glass Beachimage from fortbragg.com

    Both are just under a three hour drive from SF. Let us know where you go and hope you have fun! :)

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  • Jesse Newcomb

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    You may consider the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park gorgeous forest of Redwoods. It is the location they used for Endor in Star Wars.

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      Sweet! Thanks for that Star Wars fact, I'll have to go check that out myself. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Valerie Axworthy

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    Check out San Luis Obispo! I think it is a perfect weekend getaway that isn't tooSan Luis Obispofar from San Francisco (about a 3 hour drive). It has great weather this time of year, perfect for sun dresses and shorts! A favorite beach of mine is Avila Beach

    Avila Beachimage from scottyphotos.comand if you're looking for a beautiful hike with a great view at the end, check out Bishops PeakBishops Peak

    I think San Luis Obispo would be a great alternative from Los Angeles and Yosemite!


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  • Dan Graham

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    Here are a couple of suggestions:

    Lake Tahoe - Stay on the north side of the lake and float down the Truckee River with Truckee River Raft Company. There is also hiking, biking, etc.

    2. Capitola - Cool little beachside community near Santa Cruz. There is a beach and very close to hiking, fishing, biking, etc.

    3. Deetjen's Big Sur Inn - This is located in Big Sur and a little more rustic. Not sure you really want to swim in the ocean up there, but the scenery is killer and plenty of things to do outdoors.



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      Great answer. North Tahoe in the Summer would be high on my list. Beautiful hikes, bike rides, and the "Truckee Trickle" on a raft is a great way to spend an afternoon. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Darleen Saunders

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    How about the beach towns Monterey or Carmel By the Sea, or closer, Santa Cruz Beach.

    Of course there is also Muir Woods nearby, or Napa Valley for hiking, biking or wine tasting.

    For a real treat consider at trip to the mud baths in Calistoga after a long day of hiking and seeing the hot springs.

    East from you would be Mount Diablo State Park with great views and lots of trails. You can't go wrong whichever direction you go!

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  • Daniel Bell

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    Consider Muir Woods and a tour of Sonomaand Napa Valley. My wife and I did both and it was beautiful. Green Dream Tours have great tours of wine country.

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    I second San Luis Obispo! It's a great little funky college town with good restaurants and live music -- definitely look for Novo Restaurant & Lounge for dinner on the creek! Easy access to the ocean at Avila Beach, or wineries in Paso Robles (Terry Hoage Vineyards and L'Aventure Winery are faves). Lots of hiking & biking trails, too. And the weather is perfect -- sunny & warm during the day, little cooler at night. It's a little bit of a hike from SF (4-5 hrs depending on traffic) but so worth it to get somewhere interesting.

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  • Chris Knight

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    There's two beaches south of SF that I like. Garrapata State Beach south of Carmel is nice but you're still pretty far north so it's probably too cold to swim. Sand Dollar Beach just south of Big Sur is my favorite and quite a bit warmer than other Big Sur beaches.

    To get really warm, you need to get as far south as Santa Barbara (Refugio State Beach is the first, southern CA Beach according to me.)


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