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Top Day Trips from San Francisco

By Viator, June 2014

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San Francisco is a beautiful town, yes, but one of its charms is its close proximity to the natural rolling countryside of the central Californian coast. So for those who have had enough of the Bay fog, consider a foray into the golden hills of Sausalito and beyond.

Muir Woods

Just 20 minutes across the Golden Gate, neighboring Sausalito, sits Muir Woods, a national park and grove of majestic redwood trees. Home to some of the oldest redwoods on Earth, you’ll immerse yourself in this special ecosystem and feel like you’ve been transported to a different land.

Napa and Sonoma Valleys

Considered one of the world’s premier travel destinations, Sonoma’s breathtaking views of rolling vineyards abound at every twist and turn. Alongside Sonoma, Napa Valley is renowned for its incredible wines, but any vacationer would be charmed by the quaint bed and breakfasts, mud baths, and world-famous restaurants. Napa Valley is the true wine lover’s hideaway, but it is a nature lover’s getaway too, and tours are available to cater to both.

Yosemite

Perhaps needing no introduction, Yosemite National Park is one of the United States greatest national treasures. In nearly 1,200 square miles of untouched wilderness, grizzly bears, salmon streams, grand meadows and ancient sequoias, lay in wait to be explored by the thirsty adventurer. Day trips running out of San Francisco are a great way to get a taste of the Californian countryside, and some local wildlife knowledge to boot.

The 49 Mile Scenic Drive, Monterey and Carmel

The 49 Mile Scenic Drive is perhaps one of the best ways to see all that lovely San Francisco has to offer. From hotspot to hotspot, you’ll see some of the city’s most memorable sites. And since you’re already in the car, consider continuing on just further south of San Fran along California’s stunning coast to the beautiful seaside towns of Monterey and Carmel. Alternatively, if you’ve had enough of driving at this point, why bother? Carmel and Monterey are easily accessible by tour bus as well.

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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 683 Reviews

Take time out for a day trip into the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. You'll spend 5-6 hours inside the park with a combination of ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $152.00

Private Tour: Monterey Coastal Sights by Bike

Discover the shimmering waters, dramatic coastline and relaxed vibe of Monterey on this 4-hour bike tour. Ride your comfortable bike past the white sands of ...  Read more

Location: Monterey, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00

Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Discover the charming coastal town of Carmel and savor a series of tantalizing food and wine tastings on this 3-hour guided walking tour. Your passionate guide ...  Read more

Location: Monterey, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00

Monterey Independent Bike Tour

Explore Monterey’s gorgeous coastline by bike at your own pace! See top Monterey Peninsula attractions such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pebble Beach and ...  Read more

Location: Monterey, California
Duration: 24 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.00

Napa Valley Wine Trolley and Castle Tour

Visit four wineries in Napa Valley’s northern regions of Calistoga and St Helena on the Napa Valley Wine Trolley! Traveling on a motorized replica of a ...  Read more

Location: Yountville, California
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $129.00

Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1101 Reviews

Take time out from San Francisco on a half-day trip to Muir Woods and Sausalito. This enthralling half-day trip takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge to the ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00

Viator VIP: Napa by Helicopter with Wine Tasting and Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Gaze out the window of your state-of-the-art helicopter for spectacular aerial views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Napa Valley’s ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $415.00

Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 113 Reviews

Get out of town! Exchange the big-city charms of San Francisco for the fresh air and natural beauty of Yosemite, California's most famous national park. ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $139.99

Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 648 Reviews

Cruise along California's spectacular coastline on a relaxing day trip from San Francisco. You'll follow Highway 1 to the beautiful Monterey Peninsula home of ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.00

Wine Country Sip 'n' Cycle Bike Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Leave the hustle and bustle of San Francisco and discover the world-renowned California Wine Country! You will sip wines as you bicycle your way through Napa ...  Read more

Location: Calistoga, Healdsburg or Napa, California
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.00

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