Giant Sequoia Trees
November 29, 2019
| By
Karen Fields

San Francisco Things to Do: 6 Best Day Trips from San Francisco

This latest San Francisco Travel article, ‘San Francisco Things to do: 6 Best Day Trips from San Francisco’ gives you insight on how to best spend a day trip away from San Francisco.

San Francisco is such a great city to visit any time of year, with so much to do, see and experience. But even visitors and residents of San Francisco can enjoy one of the many great day trips from San Francisco.

In this latest San Francisco Travel Blog Article; 'San Francisco Things to Do: 6 Best Day Trips from San Francisco' – we detail just a few of the amazing Day Trips that are easily doable with a car departing from the heart of San Francisco.

Best Day Trips from San Francisco - Overview:

 

Day trip to Sausalito
Sausalito is located at the northern side of Golden Gate Bridge and is home to great small art galleries, waterfront restaurants, coffee shops and trinket shops.

Sausalito
Distance from Hotel Union Square: 9.6 Miles

Sausalito is a very close day trip from San Francisco via the San Francisco Ferry or the Blue and Gold Fleet departing from Pier 39. The Ferry ride is scenic with great views of San Francisco and takes about 30 minutes.

Sausalito is located at the northern side of Golden Gate Bridge and is home to great small art galleries, waterfront restaurants, coffee shops and trinket shops.  A walk along Waterfront Avenue is a great way to see the beautiful boats and the nearly 400 Boat Houses along the way. Take in a dinner at one of the waterfronts restaurants and enjoy a great glass of wine and night views of San Francisco in the distance.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Distance from Hotel Union Square: 273 Miles/5 Hours

If you’re more prone to enjoying a walk among the giant Sequoia Trees, plan to take a drive to the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. It is a visually rewarding drive to the park where you will be able to hike through the over 800,000 acres of beautiful, lush forest, wildflowers, greenery and many varieties of trees including the massive Sequoia Trees.

Big Sur
Distance from Hotel Union Square: 141 Miles/2.5 Hours

This 90-mile stretch of coastal highway is a great Day Trip from San Francisco, located between Hearst Castle and Carmel-by-the-Sea, two other great choices for Day Trips. Santa Lucia is to the east and the coastline of the Pacific Ocean is to the west of this ruggedly spectacular stretch of State Route 1.  There are many things that make for great photo opportunities along the way, Bixby Bridge, Wildflowers, lush greenery, the giant California Condors flying overhead and even playful Sea Otters swimming in the water feeding in the Kelp beds and more.  Big Sur is a dream destination for photographers, hikers and anyone who is in love with the outdoors.

Carmel-by-the-Sea
Distance from Hotel Union Square: 117 Miles/2 Hours

Just south of  Monterey along the Pacific Coastline, you’ll fall in love with this romantic and hugely popular beach town, Carmel-by-the-Sea. This small beach village is home to great beach themed shops, galleries, restaurants and of course the Carmel Heritage Society Museum. Take a walk along Scenic Bluff Path which is a beautiful pathway of Carmel Beach and Carmel River State Beach.  There are several easy walking trails that lead to the coastline and down to the beach.

 

Monterey coastline
The curves on the 17-mile drive cut along the coast with beautiful coast on one side and the mountainside, Monterey Cypress trees, golf courses, beautiful homes and stately mansions.

Monterey
Distance from Hotel Union Square: 114 Miles/2 Hours

This beautiful coastal community offers some of the most picturesque seaside views you will ever see.  The curves on the 17-mile drive cut along the coast with beautiful coast on one side and the mountainside, Monterey Cypress trees, golf courses, beautiful homes and stately mansions along the way. Spend the day browsing the quaint little shops, art galleries, and stores in downtown Monterey. You’ll have a choice of a number of great restaurants from the smaller, intimate diners to the more, ‘high end’ restaurants.  If you have time, it is well worth it to make your way to the beach to walk along the shoreline to take in a wonderful sunset.

Napa Valley 
Distance from Hotel Union Square: 60 Miles/1 Hour

Located a short 1-hour drive north of San Francisco, Napa Valley is a very popular Day Trip destination for wine lovers. Napa is a beautiful destination of wineries, rolling hills dotted with over 400 wineries, gourmet restaurants, related wine shops and in town you’ll find art galleries and shops.  Enjoy a few winery tours, learn the wine making process and of course enjoy some great wine.  You may also enjoy the Napa Valley Train which is a great way to see a big portion of the valley and learn about the area at the same time.

If you plan to enjoy some of the great wine selections, (and why wouldn’t you) you may wish to consider taking one of the Napa Valley Wine Tours that depart from San Francisco just for safety sake.


In this latest San Francisco Travel Blog article, ‘San Francisco Things to Do: 6 Best Day Trips from San Francisco’ we shared just a few of the Best Day Trips from San Francisco, be sure to see our follow up article where we will feature more great ideas for how you can spend a day away from the city.

Visit our San Francisco Visitor’s Guide for more recommendations for all there is to do, see and experience when visiting San Francisco.

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