If you call San Francisco home or you are visiting, one of the best things is how many incredible day trips are nearby. With a central location, a quick drive gets you to countless of beautiful places in Northern California. It’s been one of my favorite things about the weekends — picking a new spot, packing a lunch, and heading out for a drive!

Checkout 5 incredible day trips from San Francisco!


1. Healdsburg

Healdsburg is a gem of a place, providing a home to all things wine and food. Along the 101, it’s a straight shot north of San Francisco and has a bit of a more rustic feel to it. The town square is the perfect spot to start a day with a meal at SHED and then you can enjoy walking around the area. There are plenty of wineries, like Jordan Winery nearby where you can taste local wines too.

Read: A Local’s Guide to Healdsburg

2. Big Sur

I love heading to the Big Sur area when I am in need for time along the ocean. The air is fresh here and I love the hippie feeling to the town. It’s a great day trip for those looking to hike and enjoy small stop offs on the windy highway!

Read: 10 Photos That Will Make You Want to Roadtrip to Big Sur

3. Yosemite

This is definitely the furthest day trip from San Francisco, but one of my favorites. If you leave early in the morning around 5:30, you can beat most of the traffic and be in the park by 9 or so. It’s enough time for a hike and to enjoy most of the sights in the valley.

Read: The Ultimate Summer Hike in Yosemite National Park

4. Point Reyes

I feel like this is one of those spots that is not as popular but is starting to gain traction. The downtown is wonderful and perfect for a morning pass by. Be sure to checkout the lighthouse and the cypress tree tunnel nearby!

Read: A Point Reyes Weekend Guide

5. Napa Valley

This is always a classic and you cannot go wrong with an afternoon of wine tasting. There are great spas like Solage for a day of soaking and treatments for those looking to relax. The food scene is great, and Oxbow Market is a fun stop in downtown Napa!

Read: How to Spend 24 Hour in Napa Valley 


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