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Top Day Trips from San Francisco

By Viator, October 2015

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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.


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 955 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 $142.30
$157.00 Save $14.70

Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1652 Reviews

Wine taste your way through Napa and Sonoma on this day trip from San Francisco. Enjoy a comfortable, picturesque drive by luxury coach to wine country to ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.95
$88.00 Save $12.05

Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 882 Reviews

Contrast the brutal austerity of Alcatraz with the sheer beauty of Muir Woods and Sausalito on this enthralling day trip from San Francisco. It's a whole day ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 902 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

Napa and Sonoma Wine Tour from San Francisco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Discover the wine-making traditions of two great American wine regions on a full-day scenic tour from San Francisco. This tour through Napa Valley and Sonoma ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8-9 hrs (approx.)

From USD $129.00

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