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7 Gorgeous Post-Storm Hikes in Marin County

According to our iPhones, San Francisco is supposed to get a brief reprieve from the rain this week, and temperatures may even get into the high 60s. Treat yourself to a little sunshine after the storm on one of these gorgeous Marin hikes. Champagne optional, but recommended. 

The Best Coastal Perches for Whale Watching in Northern California

No matter how long we live in San Francisco, there are certain touristy activities we'll never give up—rowing boats on Stow Lake, playing video games at the Musée Mécanique, drinking Irish coffees at the Buena Vista. And, once every year or two, we even feel compelled to bundle up in our winter warmest to watch the annual migration of California's gray whales (or Eschrichtius robustus for you nerds out there).

Woodcut Artist Tom Killion Captures the Magic of the California Coast

A new exhibition, California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry and History, is the best reason to visit the San Francisco Public Library this May.

Northern California Beach Escapes

Mendocino County beach

When most people think of California beaches, they typically think Southern California beaches. This is for good reason when you consider the beauty and history of the beaches in and around San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles. While the conditions and weather of Northern California's beaches don't always call for bikini-clad vacationers, they are not to be overlooked. Here are a few to consider for your next escape from San Francisco.

10 Driveable Locations to Visit This Year, Part II

Don't let an unstable economy keep you at home this year. Instead, use it as an excuse to stay local and explore parts of your state you may have only ever seen on a map. Last week, we revealed five of our can't-miss spots for 2009. Read on for our remaining five picks of delectable escapes within driving distance.

5. The Shasta Region

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