San Francisco is the best. There, I said it. The city is young, fun, wonderfully unique, has a thriving economic base, and has culture to the nines. What could make it better? Not a lot, seeing as how heading out of town to its neighbors is pretty much just as good. If you want to explore the countryside, see the rolling golden hills of Marin, explore the wineries of Napa and Sonoma, or just want to bask in the glory that is the Californian Coast, then you need a day trip, my friend. Hike the golden hills. Taste the wine. Smell the ocean.
Even if you don’t consider yourself the romantic type, you might feel a little lovestruck after a trip to Monterey. With 99 miles of coastal scenery, a growing food and wine scene and a slower pace that just feels nice, it has all the makings for a getaway with that special someone.
In this guide we’ll show you the very best of what makes the City by the Bay so captivating, so you can travel like an insider in San Francisco!
Long before CGI effects, when Hollywood wanted to show its animal side, it brought in the real deal. Lions, tigers and bears appeared, with a trainer by their side, for their moment in bright lights. These days, some once Hollywood regulars are enjoying retirement in Monterey, but they refuse to stop entertaining.
I guess you could call it a new way to teach history. Spend 60 minutes in the dark and learn about 200 years of San Francisco’s sinister past. Forget all the good, happy stuff like cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge. The San Francisco Dungeon spins a tale about life in the often rat infested shadows of the City by the Bay.
Having called the San Francisco Bay Area home for more than half of my life, I have my favorite and not so favorite city neighborhoods. When I think of the Sunset, I want Dim Sum from my favorite hole-in-the-wall spot. When I think of the Mission, I crave strawberry agua frescas. But when I think of Fisherman’s Wharf, I think of tourists. Sure I’ve watched the sea lions lounge about and wandered Pier 39, but I never had any interest in going to the many attractions that line area streets. They’re just for tourists, or so I thought.
The California Gold Rush is to San Francisco what rail travel is to Chicago. It’s what launched the city’s economy and motivated its settlement. Some relics of the Gold Rush days are as obvious as the name of the city’s football team, but most are more hidden and require a closer look.
From San Francisco, it’s a 30-mile drive out of the city, past the sandy beach at Pacifica and through redwood groves to the small town of Half Moon Bay. Home to some of the best big-wave surfing in the world (the international Maverick’s competition is held here in winter when the waves get big enough), the seaside town is a great day or overnight trip from San Francisco. Here’s how to spend the perfect day in Half Moon Bay.
When the first rains hit the Bay Area, there’s only one thing on skiiers’ minds: Tahoe. Sea level rain means Sierra Mountain snow and the start of the winter season in Lake Tahoe. But Tahoe is not only about skiing and snowboarding. From snowshoeing to winter events, there are plenty of activities to fill a […]
A beloved part of San Francisco’s skyline, Coit Tower rises from the top of Telegraph Hill. It was built in 1933 with funds donated by Lillie Hitchcock Coit. She was a wealthy, eccentric woman who left a portion of her estate “for the purpose of adding to the beauty of the city I have always […]