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Top Day Trips from San Francisco

By Viator, March 2018

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San Francisco is an ideal base for exploring all that Northern California has to offer. From the granite rock formations in Yosemite National Park to the rolling vineyards of Napa Valley, here are our top picks for trips from the city.

Muir Woods and Sausalito — 15 miles (24 km) away
Just a 20-minute drive across the Golden Gate Bridge sits the charming seaside town of Sausalito, where you'll find a number of waterfront shops and restaurants, and the Muir Woods National Monument, home to a grove of ancient redwood trees. If you're looking to escape the city without wandering too far away, these are your spots.

Napa and Sonoma — 50 miles (80 km) away
Considered one of the world's premier travel destinations for the famous vineyards and wineries, the Napa and Sonoma area offers stellar countryside views at every twist and turn. Hop between wineries for samples and production tours, or stop in at one of Napa's world-famous restaurants. Wine lovers can choose a tour with roundtrip transport from San Francisco to wine taste as they please.

Monterey and Carmel — 115 miles (185 km) away
To experience the famous California coast, head down to Monterey and Carmel and cruise the scenic 17-Mile Drive. From hot spot to hot spot, you'll get stellar views along the Pacific Coast Highway with the option to spend free time in Monterey to see highlights such as Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. By booking a coach tour, you can sit back and leave the rocky coastal drive to your guide.

Yosemite National Park — 190 miles (305 km) away
This national park is one of the United States' greatest natural treasures. In nearly 1,200 square miles of untouched wilderness, the valley offers numerous hiking trails featuring giant sequoias, colorful meadows, salmon streams, and the massive granite formations of Half Dome and El Capitan. You can't visit California without exploring Yosemite, and a day trip from San Francisco is a convenient way to get a taste of the great outdoors.

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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour, San Francisco, null
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Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2309 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 $105.00
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip, San Francisco, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1492 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 $171.00
Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip, San Francisco, Day Trips
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Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1096 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 $114.00
Wine Country by Helicopter with Wine Tasting and Food Pairing, San Francisco, Day Trips
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Wine Country by Helicopter with Wine Tasting and Food Pairing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 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 vineyards on an ...  Read more

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

From USD $460.00
Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco, San Francisco, Helicopter Tours
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Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1261 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: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Viticulture with Charm: Sonoma Valley Wine Tour from San Francisco, San Francisco, Day Trips
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Viticulture with Charm: Sonoma Valley Wine Tour from San Francisco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Join a full-day Sonoma Valley wine tasting tour and visit some of Sonoma’s finest wineries with a knowledgeable guide. You’ll learn about the winemaking ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $144.00
Small-Group Yosemite Tour from San Francisco, San Francisco, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Small-Group Yosemite Tour from San Francisco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 81 Reviews

Yosemite National Park is a must-visit California gem, and this day trip from San Francisco makes it easy. Leave the urban hustle-bustle behind and journey ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.00
Small-Group Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour with Lunch, San Francisco, Day Trips
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Small-Group Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour with Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 245 Reviews

Travel by luxury van through wine country's gorgeous vineyard-covered hills, on this day-trip to Napa and Sonoma from San Francisco. You'll visit at least two ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $169.00
Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods, and Sausalito Half-Day Trip, San Francisco, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods, and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2518 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 $61.20
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Small-Group Napa Wine Tour With Castello di Amorosa and Lunch, San Francisco, Half-day Tours
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Small-Group Napa Wine Tour With Castello di Amorosa and Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

Explore the world of wine north of San Francisco and let someone else do the driving. This guided, chauffeured three-winery tour goes across the Golden Gate ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00

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