Getting away from the city is the best when a journey is involved. Wether you are looking to relax on the beach, whale watching or wine tasting, there is a plenty to choose from near San Francisco. Here are some ideas on how you can spend you last days of summer through breathtaking road trips.
Less Than 30 Minutes Away: The Sutro Baths
History buffs will love venturing to this not-so-distant spot. Travelers can look forward to exploring the modern ruins of the saltwater swimming complex built in the late 1800s. Situated on the coast, the complex has been praised for its incredible view, especially at sunset. On your way out of San Francisco, take a quick detour in Golden Gate Park to catch a glimpse of the beautiful gardens in bloom. (Photo originally published in en.wikipedia.org)
30 Minutes Away: Montara State Beach
This short jaunt is perfect for those craving fresh air. To reach Montara Beach you’ll drive along the coast, so roll down your windows and take in the calming smell of the shore. You’ll also likely drive through the edges of McNee Ranch State Park, a gorgeous hilly region nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Don’t forget your camera! (Photo originally published in www.tripadvisor.com)
1 Hour Away: Alviso Marina County Park
Looking for an eyeful of nature? You will love Alviso Marina County Park, known for its fantastic bird-watching. Once you’ve got your fill, take a hike, go for a bike ride or swim in the bay. Don’t forget to snap a few pictures of the long, peaceful boardwalks that extend from the land to the water. When planning your route, choose to drive through Palo Alto. Stop for a bike ride through the Stanford University campus. (Photo originally published in www.tripadvisor.com)
1 Hour Away: Cornerstone Sonoma
For an afternoon of shopping, dining and sipping wine, head to Cornerstone Sonoma, a marketplace in the heart of wine country. From live music to museum-like flower gardens, this is the perfect destination for the cultural connoisseur. TheSan Pablo Bay Wildlife Refuge, on the way to Cornerstone, is worth a detour: Animal-lovers and nature photographers alike will appreciate the presence of diverse wildlife, while outdoor adventurers can go hiking, boating and even fish. (Photo originally published in inhabitat.com)
1 1/2 Hours Away: Scribe Winery
If you’re after something more intimate, look no further than Scribe Winery. The hip destination offers a wine and dining experience great for a group or romantic couple. Take a walk through the vineyard and feel the stresses from work just fade away. While you’re en route, travel over the Golden Gate Bridge to visit the Marin Headlands. There, explore the Tennessee Valley and walk among the wildflowers or go for a brisk hike to clear your mind. (Photo originally published in www.travelandleisure.com)
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