Day Trips to Alcatraz, Muir Woods, Yosemite and Napa Valley
This post provides information about the most popular day trips from San Francisco. Northern California is a very beautiful area of the country with many different day trip opportunities for those staying in the city. Below, we’ve listed 4 of the most popular day trips from San Francisco: Yosemite National Park, Muir Woods National Monument, Napa Valley, and Sonoma Valley. In addition to providing a summary of each, we have also linked to our comparison posts that analyzes which tour companies offer the best day trips to each location based on price, itinerary, and reviews.
Yosemite National Park is a beautiful park spanning 747,956 acres and 800 miles of hiking trails just 3.5 hours from San Francisco. Famed for its granite cliffs and giant sequoias, Yosemite also boasts the 5 highest waterfalls in North America. In addition to hiking, visitors can also opt to go horseback riding, rock climbing, and skiing.
Though there is an Amtrak station somewhat near Yosemite, there are no trains that travel directly into the park. Those looking for easy transportation must either drive there on their own or go with one of the many reputable tour companies providing service between San Francisco and Yosemite.
Muir Woods National Monument is 560 acres of stunning forest located less than an hour north of San Francisco. Like Yosemite National Park, Muir Woods is also home to the famed giant sequoias that populate much of Northern California. Many of these trees are more than 200 (60 m) feet tall, 10 feet (3 m) wide, and over 600 years old.
Muir Woods is a great alternative for those who don’t want to make the long drive to Yosemite. Though the number of visitors can sometimes be overwhelming, Muir Woods remains an oasis just outside of the city. There are several different companies that offer tours from San Francisco to Muir Woods National Monument. To learn more about what each company has to offer in terms of price, itinerary, and reputation, check out the following post: Reviews of the Best Muir Woods Tours
In addition to its giant redwoods, Northern California is also famed for its incredible wineries. Wine country spans a vast area around San Francisco, including both Napa and Sonoma Valley. There are dozens of wineries in Napa, each offering its own unique flavors and history.
Guests interested in visiting Napa can either do so on their own, or with a group or private tour company. The latter 2 options are often preferable for those hoping to make the most of their time at each winery, as a designated driver is otherwise required. There are several different companies offering both group and private tours of the area. To learn more about each, read our post comparing all of best Napa tour companies. Reviews of the Best Napa Valley Wine Tours
Sonoma Valley is another famous wine region located very near to San Francisco. Many visitors opt to the city opt to spend at least one day in Sonoma or Napa to enjoy the famous wine of the area. Like Napa, there are dozens of wineries in Sonoma, each offering its own unique flavors and history.
Guests interested in visiting Sonoma can either do so on their own, or with a group or private tour company. The latter 2 options are often preferable for those hoping to make the most of their time at each winery, as a designated driver is otherwise required. There are several different companies offering both group and private tours of the area. To learn more about each, read our post comparing all of best Sonoma tour companies. Reviews of the Best Sonoma Valley Wine Tours