October 11, 2011 |by Cailin O Neil | 1 Comments
Although there are heaps of things to do in San Francisco that might make you never want to leave there are also a lot of things just to do outside of San Francisco. The following is a list of three day trips from the city for the next time you’ve booked flights to San Francisco.
Visit Napa and Sonoma: Famous for their wineries, various tour companies offer day trips to the Napa Valley area and nearby Sonoma Valley. If you are a lover of wines, this is a must do trip that you won’t regret. Many tours take you to several different vineyards where you can try their various wines and often they include everything from lunch to cheese pairings. You might want to bring a bottle of water or two with you to avoid that afternoon buzz.
Visit Berkley: Just a 30-minute drive from San Francisco is the beautiful and famous campus of the University of California, Berkeley. This campus and city has become a tourist attraction on it own. You can get guided tours of the University campus or tour around yourself, be sure to visit the Sather Tower for great views of the city and campus. Also known for its hippies, good food and markets, the best time of year to visit would be in the spring or fall when classes are in and the city is busy with students.
Muir Woods: Just 12 miles north of San Francisco you could actually rent a bike in the city and ride there or take one of the many tours offered in the city. Muir Woods is known for its big trees called Coast Redwood aka Sequoia sempervirens, a relative to the Giant Sequoia trees with the tallest tree in the forest reaching 258 feet. The average age of these trees is between 500-800 years old with the oldest estimated to be 1,200 years old. Although camping is not allowed there are locations nearby and there are many hiking trails along with places to ride your bike and explore these magnificent trees.
Photo: Derek Key