Spring Break is typically celebrated on the beach, but these five mountain locations less than 350 miles from San Francisco can give you a unique spring trip experience. Whether you want to do some spring skiing, drink and dine, hike and bike or mellow out in a hot spring, these mountain destinations are close to home.
For this week's Escape from SF, we headed east of the Bay toward Mount Diablo (reaching almost 4,000 feet!) to Rock City in Mount Diablo State Park. If you didn't get enough flowers on Valentine's Day, this is a great time of year to see the wildflowers in bloom. Also, you can explore Rock City's noted sandstone formations carved by wind, rain, and time.
The perks to San Francisco are many, one of the best being the natural beauty that is found within the city limits. One moment you can be having artisanal cocktails and the next, hiking up a summit that overlooks downtown, the San Francisco Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge – all without having to even get in a car. However, just beyond the city limits of San Francisco are some beautiful hikes that offer dramatic views of the city.
Welcome to June-uary. That's what folks around Tahoe are calling this snowless time of year. And with the paucity of powder -- more than six weeks and counting -- and the endless sunshiny days, many outdoor enthusiasts are eschewing their skis and snowboards and snowshoes for toys more typically seen in the summer.
So many of us venture over a bridge or down the windy Highway 1 for weekend escapes. But how about saving some gas and spending a few easy-going hours in San Francisco's coastal neighbor, Pacifica? Just 15 miles south of the city, and founded at the same time as San Francisco, in 1769, by Spanish explorers, Pacifica is a sleepy coastal town with bohemian charm and many hidden gems. Sleepy yes, boring no. Even though Pacifica means “peaceful” in Spanish, it's fast growing as a surf town and affordable staycation destination.
Sure, you can join a different gym, start a new running regimen and trade your desk chair for an exercise ball (good luck with that). But even the most dedicated fitness fanatics among us need a little more than the usual dose of exercise-related excitement now and again.
Whether you’re looking for an entirely new physical pursuit to immerse yourself in this year or an occasional diversion to spice up your regular workout routine, we’ve got five super-fun workouts that won’t leave you bored.