Hop on Highway 1 and pretty soon you'll be rounding a corner and staring at one of the most beautiful seaside vistas you’ve ever set your eyes on. Turn off the highway and you'll be in Pacifica, a quiet beach community known as one of the safest places to live in California. It is the perfect spot to escape busy city life and relax.
Since being turned over to the National Parks Service in 1994, the Presidio has steadily emerged as one of the San Francisco’s best, if somewhat surprisingly lesser known, natural work and playscapes. And it’s about to get a whole lot bigger—13 acres bigger.
This week's ultimate Sunday ride is an opportunity to cruise across two of the Bay Area’s major bridges in a two county loop. You’ll enjoy fantastic views of the Carquinez Strait, cover 23 miles, climb 1,550 feet.
If you’re not feeing the redwoods and are more in the mood for desert, there’s no better place to go than Joshua Tree National Park. It might be a full eight and a half hour drive south of San Francisco — or an hour and a half by plane — but believe us when we say that the hikes, bouldering, and night views are worth it. Here’s what to do in and around this arid oasis.
Just north of Bodega Bay lies windblown Red Hill, where a clear day bestows 360-degree views of the Pacific as well as the mouth of the Russian River. Pack some goodies and head up Highway 1 for a hike and a picnic. Don't fret if the fog rolls in—the moss-shrouded trees and hazy vista will be just as magical.
To walk through the Japanese-styled wooden doors on the Northern inlet of Oakland’s Lake Merritt is to enter another world. The landscape is checkered with trees that are bent and wired to mimic what one might see in nature—that is, if everything in nature were just a few feet tall. This, the volunteer-run Bonsai Garden Lake Merrit (BGLM), is among the Bay Area’s few remaining places to celebrate the treasured ancient art form of Japanese bonsai.
Over the past few years, a slew of developments along San Francisco’s grandest thoroughfare has led to the recent minting of a shiny new Mid-Market neighborhood. The seven-block stretch of Market Street, between Van Ness and 5th Street, is relishing renewed vitality, with the openings of killer markets, restaurants, bars, culture and more. Here's your Mid-Market to-do list.