Those looking for a relaxing getaway less than an hour outside of San Francisco are smart to think of Mountain View. Founded as a stagecoach stop between San Jose and San Francisco, the city has grown quite a bit from its humble beginnings and is now home to some of the biggest tech companies in the world, including Google, LinkedIn, and WhatsApp. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the scenic views and entertaining attractions Mountain View has to offer.
The summer season may be winding down, but we're still yearning for more sun-kissed mountain time. Fortunately one of the best times to visit Yosemite National Park, specifically the higher elevations of the Tuolumne Meadows area, is post-Labor Day, when daytime weather remains warm and pleasant yet the summertime crowds have thinned.
Why travel over the pond when la dolce vita is only a short bus ride away? The quirky and vivacious North Beach, a.k.a. San Francisco's "Little Italy," will enchant you with snug restaurant patios lined up on the sidewalk, kaleidoscopic Victorians, traditional espresso bars, an abundance of gelato, green parks, steep hills, and an alluring atmosphere that makes this old neighborhood the perfect place to staycation. Here's where to stay, play, and eat when visiting San Francisco’s most European neighborhood.
The San Francisco Peninsula is dotted with thriving cities and towns which offer visitors a quiet pace of life. Expansive green spaces, cultural attractions, and plenty of tasty eateries dot the landscape.
With its perennial boardwalk and beaches, Santa Cruz has always offered summertime thrills but few surprises. Not anymore. A recent wave of enterprising creatives is helping the beachside town transcend its slow-moving rep. Here are ten reasons why you’re overdue for a trip down the coast.
In the mood for boutique shopping, tasty restaurants, and interesting museums? Alameda, a 76,000-person island in the bay, and Piedmont Avenue in Oakland boast everything you can ask for in a a laidback, bohemian weekend.
Part of the beauty of a getaway to Carmel is that while there’s plenty to keep you busy, it’s also easy to do a lot of nothing. Some shop, eat, and wine taste their way through town while others plant themselves on the beach refusing to leave before the sun goes down. But one of Carmel’s best activities is also one of its better kept secrets – hiking at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.
It's only natural that Marin County is a year-round beach destination. While summer is definitely high season for locals and tourists alike, many outdoor activities like kayaking and surfing can be enjoyed any time of the year. From quiet beaches with white sand and calm waters to luxurious cruises and marine reserves, Marin has it all.
Like California’s majestic Highway One, the Airstream is an icon of the great American road trip. A gleaming throwback to the Golden Age of Travel, the aluminum-clad trailer debuted in 1936 and has inspired roadside envy ever since.
If you love the idea of spending time in the outdoors, but you’re not interested in roughing it, this list of Bay Area camping options is for you! From plush resorts to rustic cabins, there’s something here for everyone.