Planning a vacation to the Bay Area and worried about ‘seeing it all’ during your time? Local to the Bay, but tired of your same weekend routine? No need to panic – there are a ton of incredible places to visit around San Francisco that you can turn around in just one day. Here are three of our best suggestions for fun day trips to make during your visit to SF to help you get the most out of your trip.
Just an hour north of San Francisco, you’ll find this incredible peninsula that appeals not just to adventurers and nature lovers, but also to foodies. This insanely beautiful nature reserve is full of impressive hiking trails and is steeped in local history. It’s best to arrive by car, so hop on the 1 and drink in all that gorgeous coastline along the way.
While there’s plenty to keep you entertained, the real jewel of this place is its incredible views. Stretching down the Northern California coastline, the Point Reyes seashore boasts jaw-dropping views out across the Pacific Ocean.
Get up close and personal with northern Cali’s rugged nature with around 150 miles of hiking trails within the Point Reyes National Seashore. The Tomales Point trail is a top pick for animal-lovers and general majestic view-seekers. As well as stunning views, expect to spot wild elk along your way.
For more wildlife and some fun on the water, take a kayak tour from Tomales Bay and see if you can spot otters and harbor seals. The Point Reyes Lighthouse, complete with visitor’s center, is also not one to be missed, and makes for a great photo op nestled into the rock
But don’t just get sidetracked by the stunning scenery. Food is also a big part of Point Reyes, and is not one to be missed.
The area has a long tradition of dairy farming that is still alive and well today. And you know what that means…cheese! And lots of it. Don’t miss out on getting your dairy fill – stop by Tomales Bay Foods in the town of Point Reyes Station. Here you can see some cheese-making in action from the folks at the award-winning Cowgirl Creamery. Stock up on all your picnic provisions and sit down right outside the Creamery, or head back up to the trail for lunch with an unforgettable view.