You will never tire of driving the 99 miles of Monterey County coastline in either direction. But as hard as it might be to take your eyes or mind off the coastal splendor, there are 3,324 square miles of magnificence that beg for exploration.LEARN MORE
Showcasing the High Sierra’s spectacular beauty, Yosemite National Park is famed for its high cliffs, scenic vistas, and more. On the way there from the San Francisco area, you can pass through the historic California Gold Rush country of Tuolumne County.LEARN MORE
Hot-air ballooning, train rides, cycling through the vineyards, superb food and – oh, yes, really great wine – are all on offer in the nation’s most elegant wine region.
Sausalito / Marin
Trendy restaurants and funky houseboats in Sausalito, a pristinely beautiful National Seashore area and the rugged trails of Mount Tamalpais allow marvelous Marin to live up to its moniker as San Francisco’s “Riviera.”
Dramatic seascapes, towering, old-growth redwoods and the lovely, snowy Mount Shasta show nature’s best to everyone from super-fit climbers and hikers to laid-back day-trippers.
Grab your longboard, don your wetsuit, get out there and shoot the curl. Or dine on fresh seafood and enjoy panoramic views. If The Beach Boys had seen this, they would have moved north.
High-intensity pro sports, higher education, gourmet dining, happening waterfront restaurants and a beloved mountain put the East Bay on the to-do list.
Lake Tahoe / Sacramento
California’s dignified Capitol Building, a lovingly preserved Gold Rush district and the mountain beauty of blue Lake Tahoe bring the old Westward ho experience to life.
A world-class airport, snug bedroom communities served by distinctive local merchants and the gateway to Silicon Valley are just minutes from San Francisco
Microchips and software firms, a manicured college campus, an old-school mystery house and a new-fangled tech museum are on the pop-up menu in the home of high-technology.