(Closed) Day Trips from Bay Area

posted 9 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Tahoe’s not too far and you can stop in Sacramento on your way through. Its BEAUTIFUL in Tahoe, and while its pushing your 3 hour limit, its sooo worth it!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

This might have some suggestions:

Visiting San Fran. What should I do?

If you are an outdoorsy type, there is tons, tons, tons of hiking and backpacking to do.  Also, a *must* is a trip to Monterey and a visit to the Aquarium.  I really think it’s the best in the world.  

Some others: Muir woods (even if you don’t hike), Stanford Museum and campus, Gilroy Garlic Festival (seriously, such cheeseball fun), beaches on the PCH (Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz).

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

yosemite national park is a 4 hour drive.  stay over there and visit this beautiful place.  one day may not be enough. i don’t even think 2 days is enough.  i think you can even take amtrak.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

Some other suggestions: Sausalito (you can get there by riding bikes across the Golden Gate Bridge…super fun!), Tiburon, Santa Cruz Mystery Spot, Mount Diablo, Monterey 17 mile drive.  Have fun!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp

If you want just a day trip, you should go get lunch at Duarte’s in Pescadero (about 45 min north of santa cruz).

Then drive north on hwy 1, and take a right on hwy 84 – this road is awesome!  Once you get past the fields, and you get into the foresty area, there’s a turn-off for a little hiking area.

When you get to skyline (the top of the hill – alice’s restaurant is on the left, and the gas station is there), take a left, and you can drive through some more forests, with more opportunities for nature hikes.

I love this area!

** on some nature hikes, you might even be lucky enough to find some chanterelle mushrooms!!  The best time to look is october through march, though. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

To the South – Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur – some of my FAVORITE places on this earth!

To the North – The Sea Ranch – INCREDIBLE town.  A bit of a harrowing drive on switch-backs, but worth it…is is beautiful.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Yay, come to Tahoe!  And like other posters said, Yosemite and Sacramento are awesome, too.  In the late summer/fall you can also come up to Apple Hill, which is just over your 3 hour limit.  You can do apple picking, drink apple wine, tour all the orchards…  And close by is of course San Jose, Berkeley, the Jelly Belly Factory…

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m also a fan of Castle Crags State Park…followed by a swim in Lake Shasta on the way home 🙂

gift for FMIL

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can check out:

  • Sonoma (I hear it’s similar to Napa w/o the hefty price tag)
  • Carmel
  • Berkeley
  • Oakland – You can catch an A’s game

 

 

Post # 12
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Worker bee

Yay Bay Area! 🙂  So excited for you!

I second those who mentioned Monterey/Carmel (you can do both in the same trip).  Santa Cruz beach boardwalk is also a great day trip!  Also maybe a hike at Angel Island or a tourist’s trip over to Alcatraz. Also, don’t forget SF even though it’s at the heart of the Bay Area — there are plenty of museums and shopping to make up multiple day trips’ worth of exploring.

There are large outdoor mall style outlet stores in Vacaville, Napa and Gilroy that are worth checking out for a day of cheaper retail therapy.

The following I’d recommend staying overnight at least 1 night to make it really worth it, though technically you could do a day trip:

– If you like the beach I recommend heading down to San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach and Montana de Oro State Park (3.5 hours away).  I’m totally biased b/c I went to school down there, but it’s gorgeous!
– Yosemite is a definite MUST SEE while you are in CA… all caps intentional!  LOVE!
– Lake Tahoe is great as a relaxing trip in summer or a ski/snowboard trip during snow season.

Mr. P and I went to Yosemite during our honeymoon and SLO/Pismo for a minimoon trip, so if you’d like to see pics you can backtrack a little in the bloglink in my profile to those particular posts!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I was thinking of suggesting some such thing…though maybe sooner than the summer.  I’ve got "wedding" on the brain a lot…be nice to talk about it with other Bees instead of subjecting innocent bystanders to it 🙂

Any other interest?

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think a meetup would be a great idea!

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