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Are you looking to escape San Francisco for a day trip? The following day trip locations are less than an hour outside of the city, but will make you feel like you’re a world away.


About thirty minutes outside of San Francisco, Sausalito is known for being a hotspot for early morning endurance athletes but it also serves as a wonderful day trip. What can you do once you arrive? There are plenty of options! There are routes for running and biking as well as kayaking, rowing and sailing clubs. The Trident and Fred’s Place are two of the most popular restaurants in the town.


Oakland is popular for its First Friday Festival, among many other attractions. Located just thirty minutes from the city, Oakland, is a great place to get away and de-stress. With its wide selection of food, music and art, Oakland will provide the relaxation you are looking for. Weekend events include lots of farmer’s markets, like the Jack London Square Farmers Market and Temescal Farmers Market, as well as the highly anticipated Bacon and Beer Festival.

Stinson Beach

If you are looking for a longer trip, Stinson Beach is a very popular destination located just about an hour from San Francisco. Once you arrive via the California 1 Highway, you can head straight to the beach and dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean. Breaker’s Cafe is known for their mouth watering breakfast specials like the “Phat Auggies.” If you’re not looking to sit on the beach, there are hiking trails along Mt. Tam that offer beautiful views of the mountains!

Napa Valley

Perhaps you are looking for a wine-tasting adventure. Luckily, Napa Valley is only an hour outside of San Francisco. The world-famous wine producing region with hundreds of wineries and beautiful vineyards. From extravagant Opus One Winery to the more casual V. Sattui Winery with its grassy picnic area, Napa offers the perfect winery experience.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing day by the beach, an adventurous day of hiking or a day full of wine tasting, there is a place for you less than an hour from San Francisco. From Oakland to Napa Valley to Stinson Beach, there are plenty of day trip options from San Francisco!