Beyond San Francisco
Outside the bright lights and bridges of San Francisco, there is a lot to see. Here's what you should go.
With stunning natural beauty, world-class wines, delicious farm-to-table food, charming small towns, and a dynamic arts scene, Sonoma County is a perfect addition to your trip to San Francisco.
Producing legendary wines for more than a century, Napa Valley has been synonymous with great wine to enthusiasts all over the world. Eight distinctive small communities offer exceptional food, arts, and wellness activities to match the allure of the wine.
East Bay and Tri-Valley
High-intensity pro sports, higher education, gourmet dining, happening waterfront restaurants, a beloved mountain, a historic wine and beer scene, and lots of sunshine put the East Bay communities of Oakland, Berkeley, and the Tri-Valley on the to-do list.
Showcasing the High Sierra’s spectacular beauty, Yosemite National Park is famed for its high cliffs, scenic vistas, and more. On the way there from the San Francisco area, you can pass through the historic California Gold Rush country of Tuolumne County or the fertile ground of the Central Valley.
Yosemite National Park
Sacramento/ Lake Tahoe Region
California’s dignified Capitol Building, a lovingly preserved Gold Rush district and the mountain beauty of blue Lake Tahoe bring the old "westward ho" experience to life.
Sausalito/ Marin County
One of California's original state counties, Marin County offers itself as "San Francisco's Riviera". Trendy restaurants and funky houseboats populate Sausalito, a pristinely beautiful National Seashore area. Mount Tamalpais offers rugged trails and perfect views back to the city, while Tiburon offers even more bay-side attractions.
A world-class airport, snug bedroom communities served by distinctive local merchants and the gateway to Silicon Valley are just minutes from San Francisco.
Golden Gate Bridge
Microchips and software firms, a manicured college campus, an old-school mystery house and a new-fangled tech museum are on the pop-up menu in the home of high-technology.
Grab your longboard, don your wetsuit, get out there and shoot the curl. Or dine on fresh seafood and enjoy panoramic views. If The Beach Boys had seen this, they would have moved north.
North Coast and Shasta
Dramatic seascapes, towering, old-growth redwoods and the lovely, snowy Mount Shasta show nature’s best to everyone from super-fit climbers and hikers to laid-back day-trippers.
Hot-air ballooning, train rides, cycling through the vineyards, superb food and – oh, yes, really great wine – are all on offer in the premier wine regions surrounding San Francisco and the Bay Area.
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