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Best day trip from San Francisco?

What's a great day trip from SF that's not wine country?


11 Answers

answered first by
April from San Diego

We just visited The Sea Ranch. Beautiful, relaxing, and there are a bunch of parks and beaches you can visit on the way there. On your way up, you can also visit Bodega. Past Bodega Bay, the roads get windy, but the views are spectacular. If you venture further north, you can visit Gualala and Point Arena.

It's about 2.5 hours from SF.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/14/travel/14SeaRanch.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


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answered by
Adam from Santa Monica

Monterey. Check out lover's cove beach, the aquarium, and grab lunch or dinner at red house cafe. 

Santa Cruz is also a great day trip. 


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answered by
Valerie from Los Angeles

Totally agree with April, The Sea Ranch or Bodega would be great options, and the drive up is beautiful! You could head south and visit Carmel and Monterey. Do a day trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium or treat yourself to The Spa at Pebble Beach. I always loved taking drives into Half Moon Bay and stopping for a bite to eat at Sam's Chowder House. Another cool option is driving into Chico and doing a tour of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.. By far the best brewery tour i've been on.


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answered by
Christopher from Nashville

Go north across the Golden Gate Bridge. Visit four of the most unique towns anywhere: Sausalito, Tiburon, Mill Valley and Larkspur. Marvel at the waterfronts in the first two, the hills in the latter three and the magnificent trees in the latter two. If you've any time left, visit Muir Woods National Monument. And if still any time, visit Muir Beach. This will wear you out -- you may want to do this in a couple of day trips!!


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answered by
George from San Francisco

Try lunch at Boot and Shoe Service in Oakland and then a walk around Lake Merritt.


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answered by
Clem from New Castle, Delaware

I love Point Reyes National Seashore and Stinson Beach.  If you like old time beach boardwalk, you should consider Santa Cruz.  


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answered by
Philip from Brugge, Belgium

I would recommend Point Reyes and maybe even Bodega.  I you want something even closer, how about Stinson Beach and Bolinas.  I you want to go South instead, Santa Cruz.


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answered by
Hoyt from New York City

Hi Kim, - I recommend taking the ferry from Fisherman's Wharf to Tiburon. Have lunch on the deck at Sam's Anchor Cafe and walk around the cute neighborhood. If you have time you can stop at Angel Island (a State Park) before or after for a great hike.


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answered by
Tiffany from Corvallis

Ditto to Monterey. If you like Greek, eat at Epsilon Fine Greek Restaurant and walk around the surrounding "old town" district or walk down to the water. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is phenomenal, but also pricy and takes a while to explore - definitely worth it if you have the time. It's on Cannery Row which is incredibly touristy. Walk through here because it's fun and has a cool atmosphere, but it's not the place to shop or eat.

There are many places to walk along the water near Monterey and to see sealions and other wildlife. I especially like the trails at the Asilomar Beach. There's a proper beach, but also trails along rocky tide pools. It's beautiful, rugged, and teaming with life.

On your way back from Monterey, stop at San Juan Bautista and explore the historic town and old mission. If you're a coffee drinker, check out the home-roasted coffees at Vertigo Coffee and their wood-oven cooked pizzas.

Santa Cruz is nice, but I prefer the calm of Monterey better. Still, it's another day trip. On the drive down, I also like to stop at Pescadero to comb the beach at their local beach just outside (used to be called Pebble Beach and has pebbles on one side and tide pools on the other). Lunch at Duarte's Tavern is a bit pricey, but good. They're known for their artichoke soup.


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answered by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Definitely head directly to the wonderful town of Carmel-excellent place to wander, stop for a picnic at the beach, enjoy a charming town!

Otherwise, I also love Monterey-love their pier!


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answered by
Spencer from Los Angeles

GASP. Not wine country?! Well you've got a ton of options. There'll be some overlap with what others have said below, but really depends on what you're looking for. For hiking, I love going across the bridge to Mill Valley and hiking Mount Tamalpais and visiting Muir Woods National Monument. Some great views of SF from Mt. Tam, too. Also nearby (or rather on the way) is Sausalito, which is really close (and accessible by ferry), but a fun foodie/drink day trip.

Favorite food/adventure day trip is Point Reyes Station. Some great kayaking along there, and some of the best oysters in Nor Cal at Hog Island Oyster. Also, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. Because cheese. 

A couple of my other favorites: Half Moon Bay (Sam's Chowder House and 3-Zero Cafe for the win), BodegaGoat Rock Beach (and in general, the Sonoma coastline). I think a lot of people forget that Sonoma County is on the coast, so you have some really great offbeat beaches there. 


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