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Our most recommended San Francisco Day Trips

  • From San Francisco: Muir Woods and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

    1. From San Francisco: Muir Woods and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

    Wander through the ancient groves of coastal redwoods in Muir Woods National Monument. Walk along the quaint sidewalks of Downtown Sausalito on a relaxed half-day tour. Muir Woods National Monument is an old-growth redwood forest located 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco over the Golden Gate Bridge.

    After a pick-up from a central San Francisco hotel, head north over the bridge and into the Marin Headlands. If the fog is clear, you might get a chance to stop and take some pictures of the bridge up close.

    When you arrive in Muir Woods, take an hour and a half to roam through this ‘living museum’ where you can glimpse the towering trees that used to dominate the west coast from Santa Barbara to Washington.

    Following your exploration of Muir Woods, hop back in the coach for a quick ride over to Sau...

    Our guide was great! We got to see Muir Woods without having to worry about driving or making reservations.

  • From San Francisco: Napa & Sonoma Valley Full-Day Wine Trip

    2. From San Francisco: Napa & Sonoma Valley Full-Day Wine Trip

    Indulge yourself in luxury on this full-day tour of California’s wine regions from San Francisco. You will enjoy panoramic views of California on the way toward Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, 2 of Northern California’s famous wine regions. This tour features wine tastings at 3 of the local partner's favorite wineries. At each winery, learn about wine-making techniques on a tour of the estate, and enjoy extraordinary wines at your tastings. In addition to visiting wineries, your professional guide will take you to see other famous sites in California’s wine country, including a lunch stop at the historic Downtown Sonoma Square. Here, enjoy eclectic dining options and boutique shopping during your lunch break. You also have the option to book this trip to include lunch at a local restaurant in the middle of the historic Square in Downtown Sonoma. Enjoy items from a variety of Califor...

    My experience was very enjoyable, the driver was very informative and all of the places I went made me feel comfortable being there

  • San Francisco: Muir Woods Redwoods and Wine Country Tour

    3. San Francisco: Muir Woods Redwoods and Wine Country Tour

    See the giant sequoia trees at Muir Woods National Monument and discover California’s Wine Country on this San Francisco day trip with pickup. Walk in the shadows of the world’s tallest trees, before enjoying wine tastings at 3 wineries in the Sonoma and Napa valleys.

    After a pickup from your San Francisco hotel, your first stop is Muir Woods National Monument (entry tickets not included). Spend 1 hour hiking through the old-growth forest here to admire the famous coastal redwood trees. 

    Next up, continue onto Glen Ellen in the Sonoma Valley for your first wine tasting session. Learn all about the history and craft of winemaking as you tour the vineyard. Afterward, enjoy some free time to enjoy lunch (at your own expense) in Sonoma Plaza.

    In the afternoon you’ll savor 2 more tasting sessions at wineries in Napa and Schellvil...

    Our tour guide/driver was Kimmy and she was awesome! Energetic, funny, and helpful, especially with taking pictures. She actually gave us a lot more information than the people at the wineries. One problem: the air conditioning on the bus didn't work well, so we were all sweating on the ride back to SF. The winery in Napa was ehh, but the 2 in Sonoma were good. Would've liked to spend an extra 15 minutes in Muir woods though.

  • San Francisco: Yosemite National Park & Giant Sequoias Hike

    4. San Francisco: Yosemite National Park & Giant Sequoias Hike

    The Total Yosemite Experience is the only 1-day tour to combine the Yosemite Valley and a Giant Sequoia Walk all in the same day. See why artists and poets have been inspired for generations. Since 1890, beautiful Yosemite National Park has been the jewel of America's National Parks, possessing some of the best–known landmarks in the world, such as the tallest waterfall in North America, Yosemite Falls. You'll have 5-6 hours to explore the stunning national park, and take in the majestic natural wonders, accompanied by a complimentary audio guided tour. Yosemite is home to the spectacular Half Dome & El Capitan, 2 of the most frequently climbed cliffs in the world. It is also home to several groves of stunning Giant Sequoia trees, the largest trees on earth. The Giant Sequoia Walk is along 1 mile (1.5 km) of paved trail with a 400 ft (120 m) incline, snow depth permitting. Experienc...

    Our guide, Mike, was great. He was knowledgeable and nice. The only bad part of the trip was the bus ride. The suspension bottomed out many times and hurt my back. If the ride was smoother, it would have been a 5 star trip.

  • San Francisco: Half-Day Wine Country Excursion with Tastings

    5. San Francisco: Half-Day Wine Country Excursion with Tastings

    Start your day in the afternoon, as you head north to the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy a scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and marvel at the San Francisco skyline in the distance. Next, drive through the beautiful town of Sausalito, a seaside Mediterranean-like village harbored across the San Francisco Bay and famous for its sweeping views. As the vine-covered hillsides come into view, you will visit 2 favorite wineries of the region for wine tastings and an exclusive estate tour. Experience the inner workings of the wineries and their family history in Napa and Sonoma Valley as an expert wine host walks you through the fermentation process, barrel-aging, bottling, and, of course, tastings of some award-winning varietals. At each winery, enjoy up to 3-5 tastings of their signature blends. Your day concludes with a scenic drive back over the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco...

    We think that the difference of this tour was our guide George! He is definitely the best guide you can have for a tour like this. He has the ability to get attention of the complete group and his explanation of San Francisco is the best you can have. George is for sure the best and makes all The difference for this tour. I think because of him, that this tour was above expectations.

  • San Francisco: Muir Woods with Napa and Sonoma Wine Tour

    6. San Francisco: Muir Woods with Napa and Sonoma Wine Tour

    On this full-day wine tasting and nature tour you'll get to explore the towering coastal redwoods in Muir Woods before indulging your more sophisticated side with wine tasting in Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. Your eco-friendly bus will take you across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the Muir Woods National Monument. As you wind your way through the coastal mountains, indulge your nature-loving side. When you arrive in Muir Woods, you'll enjoy an hour-long hike on various paths, breathing in the fresh air of this protected forest area. Head into wine country for a stop in historic Sonoma Plaza to grab some lunch. Afterwards, you'll make stops in both Napa and Sonoma Valley to taste red, white, and dessert wines from renowned producers such as the Larson Family, Cline Cellars, and Robledo Family wineries. Before returning to San Francisco, you’ll stop at the Golden Gate Bridge for pho...

    Very relaxed pace, wonderful day. The choice of wineries was fantastic. A beautiful day all around.

  • San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

    7. San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

    Enjoy this relaxing 90-minute cruise on board a luxury catamaran and see sunset views of San Francisco as the sun dips below the San Francisco Bay. Sail by Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate Bridge, and search for sea lions playing in the ocean. Then, cruise along the shore, gazing on the city skyline as you watch the magnificent sunset.

    Relax onboard either a 55- or 65-foot catamaran. Both come complete with a protected viewing area, providing panoramic 360-degree viewing, in addition to canvas trampoline nets for the more adventurous who want to experience the ocean and sights in the bracing open air.

    the crew was very informative and prepared for our trip, even providing extra jackets if needed

  • San Francisco: Small-Group Napa Valley Tour for Wine Lovers

    8. San Francisco: Small-Group Napa Valley Tour for Wine Lovers

    Take a small group tour from San Francisco to some of the Napa Valley's finest wineries. See superb scenery, and taste some truly great wines, on this enjoyable day trip.

    Cross the Bay Bridge with its skyline views and head for Castello di Amorosa, a medieval-style Tuscan castle winery constructed using European materials and furnishings. Make a photo op at the Napa Valley Welcome sign, and enjoy a lunch break in charming Calistoga. Next, get ready for a visit to the unique Tamber Bey Winery and equestrian ranch. From the tasting courtyard, take in stunning views of Mount St. Helena and spot Arabian horses while enjoying the winemaker’s selection of estate-grown Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay wines. Conclude your Napa experience overlooking a sun-soaked Carneros vineyard that has been cultivated for over 100 years. Cooled each evening by breezes from San Pablo ...

    Just WOW! Napa was lovely and we enjoyed the day, but we were blown away by our tour guide, Randall. He was incredibly personable and informative. By the end of the day, he felt like a true friend. This day wouldn’t have been the same without him. He was the very best, such a special person with a passion for wine which contributed to our tour immensely. I would recommend this tour and look forward to coming back!

  • San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Seaplane Tour

    9. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Seaplane Tour

    San Francisco is a city of excitement, and what better way to experience it than from the air on a traditional seaplane. The San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour is a very popular flight, and you'll soon discover why. You can choose to meet your tour at the Seaplane Base in Mill Valley, or book a roundtrip shuttle service from Fisherman's Wharf. Either way, you'll take off from the waters of the San Francisco Bay. You'll soon be high above this gorgeous city of tall buildings, steep hills and trolly cars. Cruise around and directly over the Golden Gate Bride, making sure you can snap some stunning pictures to amaze your friends. During the flight, you will also fly over Fisherman's Wharf, where you can look down on the chic and cool restaurants and shops below. You'll also fly over Angel Island and Alcatraz, before heading over the picturesque towns of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausal...

    Pilot was fabulous, and a great narrator. I’ve lived in the Bay Area for 28 years but never experienced it like this. This is a fun and exciting way to spend a birthday. Kate

  • San Francisco: Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings

    10. San Francisco: Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings

    The beautiful Sonoma Valley is your destination on this laid back, fun-filled, all-day tour. Your adventure begins with a pick-up from your hotel/accommodation in downtown San Francisco. Get to know your travel companions for the day as you head out of town and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Learn about the region from your friendly and knowledgeable guide and sample many of the delicious wines that have made Northern California a world-renowned wine-producing region. Travel with a small group (limited to 13 people) to three of Sonoma's finest boutique wineries and spend approximately one hour at each winery. This journey also includes a stop in scenic Sausalito, a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge and a lunch stop in the historic town of Sonoma where you can select from one of the many fantastic restaurants on the square. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a walk into the past at Missio...

    Anthony was such a great tour guide! So funny and knowledgeable- took us to three great wineries and Sausalito too. He had first hand knowledge of a lot of wine country experience and had us laughing the whole day. Highly recommend the Sonoma wine tour with Anthony!

5 best day trips from San Francisco

Day trip to Napa Valley

1. Day trip to Napa Valley

Nestled just north of San Francisco lies the wine lover’s paradise of Napa Valley. Fans of all things gourmet will rejoice in the sheer number of world-class restaurants and award-winning wineries that can be found at every turn. Peruse the stalls at the Oxbow Public Market for locally-made products, stroll along the Napa River, and hop between places like the Coppola Winery, the Robert Mondavi Winery, and Mumm Napa.

How far is the Napa Valley from San Francisco?

At just about 96 kilometers (60 miles) away, a day trip from San Francisco to Napa Valley is quick and easy. The journey should take anywhere from an hour to 90 minutes by car, depending on the time of day you travel. If you’re making the journey by public transportation, plan for about two hours of travel time.

Day trip to Monterey

2. Day trip to Monterey

A day trip from San Francisco to Monterey is an excellent escape from the hustle and bustle of the city to the relaxed pace of life by the sea. Visit the internationally-celebrated Monterey Bay Aquarium to catch a glimpse of playful sea otters and ethereal jellyfish or stroll along lively Cannery Row for some souvenir shopping. Easily combine your Monterey trip with a jaunt down the coast to visit the charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, with its adorable boutiques and striking vistas.

How far is Monterey from San Francisco?

At just over 160 kilometers (100 miles) from San Francisco, traveling to Monterey by car should take anywhere from two to three hours, depending on traffic. Make sure to allow for plenty of time if you don’t have a vehicle of your own, as making the trip by public transportation will increase your travel time to almost four hours.

Day trip to Santa Cruz

3. Day trip to Santa Cruz

For those looking to have a fun day out by the beach, a day trip from San Francisco to Santa Cruz is an ideal getaway. Experience some thrills riding the coasters at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, take a steam-train ride through giant redwood trees, or visit the beautiful campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz, the home of the Banana Slugs. Don’t forget to check out the big surf at some of California’s most postcard-worthy beaches.

How far is Santa Cruz from San Francisco?

About 128 kilometers (80 miles) south of San Francisco, the journey to Santa Cruz should take about 90 minutes by car. If you plan to make the trip via public transportation, allow north of two hours to get there.

Day trip to Gold Country

4. Day trip to Gold Country

Step into the past with a trip to historic Gold Country. The epicenter of the famed California Gold Rush, you can pan for gold flakes at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park where the precious metal was first discovered in 1848, explore a replica of the original Sutter’s Mill, and stroll the charming streets of Auburn with its local shops and tasty eateries.

How far is Gold Country from San Francisco?

Making the journey to Gold Country can be ambitious, but is definitely achievable if you plan ahead. The trip of about 209 kilometers (130 miles) can be made in about two and a half hours by car with good traffic conditions.

Day trip to Marin

5. Day trip to Marin

Head out of the city and into the woods on a trip to Marin. This easy day trip is a great way to take in the natural wonder of the Golden State. Walk among the giant redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument or lounge on the fine sands of Stinson Beach, and don’t miss a chance to shuck and grill fresh oysters on the rugged coast in Tomales Bay.

How far is Marin from San Francisco?

Only about 64 kilometers (40 miles) away, Marin is one of the easiest day trips from San Francisco. By car, it should only take 45 minutes to an hour, while it is also easy to reach by bus and by ferry in about an hour.

San Francisco day trip FAQ

What transportation options are best for my day trip?

Figuring out how to navigate your day trip? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are many different options for how to travel.
  • • San Francisco day trips by train

    The train network for the greater San Francisco Bay Area doesn’t extend far beyond the main urban centers. For this reason, the train may only be a viable option for one leg of your day trip.

  • • San Francisco day trips by bus

    Several different municipal bus companies run service out of San Francisco. If you’re willing to add a little travel time, a bus trip can be a great adventure. It allows you to see the sights as you drive past and save money on travel expenses. There are also many great bus tour options beginning in San Francisco, many with convenient local pick-up.

  • • San Francisco day trips by car

    A car is probably the most convenient option for traveling around the San Francisco Bay Area. While the city itself offers excellent public transportation, getting out of town can sometimes be a bit inconvenient without your own vehicle. There are many different car rental and car share options around San Francisco to give you the freedom of car travel during your stay.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

For a day trip out of San Francisco, a guided tour is a wonderful option. Avoid the hassle of a car in the city, and have an expert plan out the optimal experience wherever you want to go. Nothing beats an adventure with door to door service.


What should I pack for my day trip?

If you opt for a guided tour, they may provide all you will need for the day, including your transportation. However, the San Francisco Bay Area is notorious for unpredictable weather, so no matter where or when you go, dress in layers and bring a jacket.


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What people are saying about San Francisco

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Our tour guide/driver was Kimmy and she was awesome! Energetic, funny, and helpful, especially with taking pictures. She actually gave us a lot more information than the people at the wineries. One problem: the air conditioning on the bus didn't work well, so we were all sweating on the ride back to SF. The winery in Napa was ehh, but the 2 in Sonoma were good. Would've liked to spend an extra 15 minutes in Muir woods though.

Just WOW! Napa was lovely and we enjoyed the day, but we were blown away by our tour guide, Randall. He was incredibly personable and informative. By the end of the day, he felt like a true friend. This day wouldn’t have been the same without him. He was the very best, such a special person with a passion for wine which contributed to our tour immensely. I would recommend this tour and look forward to coming back!

My experience was very enjoyable, the driver was very informative and all of the places I went made me feel comfortable being there

Our guide was great! We got to see Muir Woods without having to worry about driving or making reservations.

the crew was very informative and prepared for our trip, even providing extra jackets if needed