Are you located in the Bay Area and need a little inspiration for a Travel Tuesday day trip? If so, here are some fun ideas located near both San Francisco and Oakland that will make you feel like you’ve had a little getaway.
Located just 27 minutes from San Francisco and 37 minutes from Oakland, Sausalito is a Marin County town that’s perfect for an escape. Located on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito combines small-town charm, nature, and stunning views with galleries, shopping, and gourmet food and wine worthy of a city. And fun fact: it’s been ranked the 3rd happiest seaside town in the country. For a perfect travel Tuesday, spend the day walking around the main street enjoying the whimsical and artsy shops, see if you can spot a sea lion while taking in the harbor views, and then go pay a visit to the town’s historical houseboat community.
Muir Woods National Monument
If you’re looking to get away from the city and escape into nature, take a trip to Muir Woods, which is run by the National Parks Service. This beautiful old-growth forest preserve is filled with towering coastal redwoods, lush ferns, and the biggest clover you’ve ever seen! While the main paths get a little crowded with tourists excited to see the 600-1200 year old trees, hiking paths leading away from the main parts of the monument are a great place to social distance. Whether you want to take a quick peek at the trees with your toddler or take a semi-challenging hike up hillsides, you can happily pass some time here. The park has a gift shop, restrooms, and ample parking, but you’ll need to be sure to reserve a timed entry ticket ahead of time.
Point Reyes National Seashore
Another natural wonder run by the National Parks service in the Bay Area is the Point Reyes National Seashore. This cape features lighthouses, coastal hikes, and beaches for you to explore on your day away from the bustle of San Francisco or Oakland. Keep your eyes out for Elk or Elephant seals while you’re exploring all the beauty this area has to offer! And while you’re here, make a stop at the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse. Built in 1870, the red-roofed building is very photogenic.
California’s wine country is just an hour and 15 minutes north of Oakland, making it perfect for a day trip. There are hundreds of vineyards on the hillsides here for you to explore with wine tasting or a ride on the vintage locomotive and restaurant, Napa Valley Wine Train! Even if you aren’t a fan of wine -or are the designated driver for the day- Napa Valley has a lot to offer as a day trip location. The region also is known for gourmet food, such as you may find at the Oxbow Public Market. While you’re exploring the region’s food, drop in on hidden gems like Napa Valley Olive Oil Manufacturing Co and Kollar Chocolates.
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