Sights Outside San Francisco
A breathtaking forest filled with Redwood trees and other plants and wildlife just North of San Francisco. Hiking one of the many trails is a perfect way to spend a day. If you can find it, visit the Tourist Club and enjoy some German beer and old board games. The hike titled "Ocean View Trail to Redwood Trail to Sun Trail" at this website will take you to the Tourist Club. Additional information about visiting Muir Woods can be found at this website.
As the largest island in the San Francisco Bay, Angel Island has served as a military base as well as an immigration and quarantine station. Today, it affords fabulous hiking and biking trails with breathtaking 360 degree views of the bay from the top of the island. This is one of our favorite stops for picnicking and hiking while sailing in the Bay. There are slips for boats to dock and the Blue and Gold Fleet also provides transportation to the island from San Francisco and Tiburon. For more information visit www.angelisland.org.
Sausalito is located directly North of San Francisco. This small town offers great dining, shopping, and hotels with fabulous views of the bay and San Francisco.
For more info, visit this website.
The Wine Country is truly one of our favorite places in the Bay Area. If you have the time and like wine and beautiful settings, you must visit
Sonoma or Napa.
The Bay Area is a hiker's paradise with many trails of varying difficulty levels. If you enjoy hiking and nature's beauty, we recommend getting out and trying one of these hikes: BayAreaHiker.com or MarinTrails.com.
San Francisco is a bike-friendly city and it is a great way to see the city and get some exercise (don't underestimate the steep hills). In addition, there are great trails both North and South of the city for hiking or biking.
Biking is also a great way to see the Golden Gate Bridge. If you are up to it, try this challenging 24 mile ride across the bridge and into the Marin Headlands for some great views.
Here are links to two bike rental companies (but there are many more if you search the internet): www.blazingsaddles.com and www.baycitybike.com.