8 Things To See Just Outside San Francisco

  1. Muir Woods National Monument: Just a short drive from SF, Muir Woods is like stepping into another world. Wander amidst towering redwoods and enjoy the serene walking trails. Pro tip: get there early to beat the crowds and fully enjoy the tranquility. Visit Muir Woods website for more info!
  2. Sausalito: Across the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito feels like a Mediterranean escape with its waterfront charm. Grab a bite at a seaside café and enjoy the stunning views of San Francisco.

  3. Point Reyes National Seashore: A bit further but worth the drive. Point Reyes is a nature lover’s dream, with dramatic ocean views, wildlife, and picturesque lighthouses. Don’t miss the Tule Elk Reserve!


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  4. Napa Valley: Wine enthusiasts, this is your haven. Just an hour north, Napa offers world-class wineries, exquisite dining, and scenic vineyard views. Perfect for a day trip or a luxurious weekend getaway.


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  5. Half Moon Bay: A cozy coastal town, perfect for beach lovers and surf enthusiasts. Enjoy fresh seafood, explore the local shops, or hike the coastal trails. Visit during the pumpkin festival for some extra fun!


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  6. Angel Island State Park: Accessible by ferry, this hidden gem offers spectacular views of the Bay Area. Ideal for hiking, biking, and picnics. The history as an immigration station adds a unique touch to your visit.

  7. Mount Tamalpais State Park: Offering some of the best views in the Bay Area, Mt. Tam is perfect for hiking, biking, or just enjoying nature. On a clear day, you can see the Farallon Islands from the summit!

  8. Alcatraz Island: Technically in San Francisco, but it feels worlds away. Take a ferry to explore this infamous former prison. The audio tour is a must-do for a fascinating glimpse into its storied past.


Each of these destinations offers a unique experience just outside San Francisco, making them perfect for day trips or short excursions. Enjoy exploring!