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Day trip to Napa Valley
Nestled just north of San Francisco lies the wine lover’s paradise of Napa Valley. Fans of all things gourmet will rejoice in the sheer number of world-class restaurants and award-winning wineries that can be found at every turn. Peruse the stalls at the Oxbow Public Market for locally-made products, stroll along the Napa River, and hop between places like the Coppola Winery, the Robert Mondavi Winery, and Mumm Napa.
How far is the Napa Valley from San Francisco?
At just about 96 kilometers (60 miles) away, a day trip from San Francisco to Napa Valley is quick and easy. The journey should take anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes by car, depending on the time of day you travel. If you’re making the journey by public transportation, plan for about two hours of travel time.
Day trip to Monterey
A day trip from San Francisco to Monterey is an excellent escape from the hustle and bustle of the city to the relaxed pace of life by the sea. Visit the internationally-celebrated Monterey Bay Aquarium to catch a glimpse of playful sea otters and ethereal jellyfish or stroll along lively Cannery Row for some souvenir shopping. Easily combine your Monterey trip with a jaunt down the coast to visit the charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, with its adorable boutiques and striking vistas.
How far is Monterey from San Francisco?
At just over 160 kilometers (100 miles) from San Francisco, traveling to Monterey by car should take anywhere from two to three hours, depending on traffic. Make sure to allow for plenty of time if you don’t have a vehicle of your own, as making the trip by public transportation will increase your travel time to almost four hours.
Day trip to Santa Cruz
For those looking to have a fun day out by the beach, a day trip from San Francisco to Santa Cruz is an ideal getaway. Experience some thrills riding the coasters at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, take a steam-train ride through giant redwood trees, or visit the beautiful campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz, the home of the Banana Slugs. Don’t forget to check out the big surf at some of California’s most postcard-worthy beaches.
How far is Santa Cruz from San Francisco?
About 128 kilometers (80 miles) south of San Francisco, the journey to Santa Cruz should take about 90 minutes by car. If you plan to make the trip via public transportation, allow north of two hours to get there.
Day trip to Gold Country
Step into the past with a trip to historic Gold Country. The epicenter of the famed California Gold Rush, you can pan for gold flakes at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park where the precious metal was first discovered in 1848, explore a replica of the original Sutter’s Mill, and stroll the charming streets of Auburn with its local shops and tasty eateries.
How far is Gold Country from San Francisco?
Making the journey to Gold Country can be ambitious, but is definitely achievable if you plan ahead. The trip of about 209 kilometers (130 miles) can be made in about two and a half hours by car with good traffic conditions.
Day trip to Marin
Head out of the city and into the woods on a trip to Marin. This easy day trip is a great way to take in the natural wonder of the Golden State. Walk among the giant redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument or lounge on the fine sands of Stinson Beach, and don’t miss a chance to shuck and grill fresh oysters on the rugged coast in Tomales Bay.
How far is Marin from San Francisco?
Only about 64 kilometers (40 miles) away, Marin is one of the easiest day trips from San Francisco. By car, it should only take 45 minutes to an hour, while it is also easy to reach by bus and by ferry in about an hour.
What transportation options are best for my day trip?
Figuring out how to navigate your day trip? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are many different options for how to travel.
San Francisco day trips by train
The train network for the greater San Francisco Bay Area doesn’t extend far beyond the main urban centers. For this reason, the train may only be a viable option for one leg of your day trip.
San Francisco day trips by bus
Several different municipal bus companies run service out of San Francisco. If you’re willing to add a little travel time, a bus trip can be a great adventure. It allows you to see the sights as you drive past and save money on travel expenses. There are also many great bus tour options beginning in San Francisco, many with convenient local pick-up.
San Francisco day trips by car
A car is probably the most convenient option for traveling around the San Francisco Bay Area. While the city itself offers excellent public transportation, getting out of town can sometimes be a bit inconvenient without your own vehicle. There are many different car rental and car share options around San Francisco to give you the freedom of car travel during your stay.
Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?
For a day trip out of San Francisco, a guided tour is a wonderful option. Avoid the hassle of a car in the city, and have an expert plan out the optimal experience wherever you want to go. Nothing beats an adventure with door to door service.
What should I pack for my day trip?
If you opt for a guided tour, they may provide all you will need for the day, including your transportation. However, the San Francisco Bay Area is notorious for unpredictable weather, so no matter where or when you go, dress in layers and bring a jacket.
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What people are saying about San Francisco
I've met three tour guides for this trip they were accommodating people friendly and So So Approachable. My guide was a German-American I can't Remember his name he was knowledgeable and also accommodating. He made sure we were comfortable at all times and well fed between our breaks whilst stretching our legs on our Stop offs. He was animative and made us felt being part of a team both singles and couples alike.. Yosemite is awesome....!! Breathtaking Views colourful Picturesque scenic views Wow Wow Wow..!! It appears S if it's something out of a fantasy movie especially at the mountainous the photograph is so colourfull you dont even need to adjust your camera filter or ISO Its so natural colour for Camera smart phones SLR and go-pro type action cameras. No adjustments just natural..!! If you forget your sandwiches no need to worry as at the National visitors centre Theres an awesome food restaurant and somewhere to fill your water bottle....its awesome...!!!
Our tour guide Constantine is professional, entertaining, cares and looks after our safety. Gave us lots of useful tips like where to eat, how to make full use of our time, where to hike, how long is the hike, etc. throughout the journey there, he gave us a good solid introduction of SF's history, people, culture, the places we drived thru, Yosemite, etc.Worth the long drive and the tough hike down and up to see the giant trees.
Our Tour guide Anthony Firetto was so great and very informative about the area while we were making our way to Sonoma. Nice small group of people who we great to spend the day with enjoying the wine and the sunshine.
It was great and the staff were amazing but should be cheaper since it mainly consisted of a bus ride to the woods then to sausilito. That shouldn't cost $60 (if we excluded the $15 for woods entrance)
Guide was fantastic. The itinerary was flexible. I only wish we had more time at Muir Woods. This really should be 2x as long as what it actually is.