Being in San Francisco, or anywhere in the Bay Area, is great any way you look at it. There are plenty of things to do and see. But sometimes you may just want to get away for a few days. Luckily, there are some amazing weekend getaway destinations that are close by! Planning a couple of road trips for this summer will be easy thanks to the many options. Here are a few of our top picks:
- Napa Valley. Just a one hour drive away, you can treat yourself to great wine, food and shops. Hotels in Napa do tend to be on the pricier side, but you can find great deals online and through Airbnb. Whether you are touring wineries, enjoying a spa or just relaxing by the pool, an escape to Napa Valley is truly an amazing experience.
- Lake Tahoe. Three and a half hours away, Tahoe is one of those places you have to go visit. Not only is the crystal blue water beautiful, but it is great for boating and swimming! Additionally, there are many hikes, shops and delicious restaurants to go to when you’re not lounging on the lake’s beaches or catching the fresh mountain air. It’s the perfect outdoor escape.
- Carmel-by-the-Sea. This perfect small seaside town won’t disappoint, and it’s only two and a half hours away! The cliff side beaches provide gorgeous views. Fun fact: Clint Eastwood once owned an inn and served as the city’s mayor. The road trip there is one of the best parts as you will cruise down Highway 1 along the coast and get to take in some of the best views in California!
Here is another list of more than 40 weekend getaway trips you can take from the Bay Area. It’s proximity to such breathtaking destinations is one of the best things about San Francisco — and enjoying the beauty and nature California has to offer is something you won’t regret!