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The Best Day Trips from San Francisco

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List of the best day trips from San Francisco. Whether you’d like to explore nearby cities, get a taste of wine country or dip your toes in the ocean, day trips from San Francisco offer all this and more. In fact, you’ll probably need several days to scratch the surface of the fascinating attractions the San Francisco area provides.

One San Francisco day trip, in particular, is enough of a reason alone for wine aficionados to visit this great city. A mere 60 miles outside of San Francisco is Napa Valley, one of the most famous American Viticultural Areas, federally recognized growing regions for the grapes wine is produced from. At Napa Valley, day trip travelers can explore a range of wineries -- there are several hundred in the region.

Not a wine lover? There are still plenty of San Francisco day trips to take. Another popular destination, especially for families, is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This large aquarium offers more than just fish -- you’ll find sea otters to penguins to pelicans. Children can also explore sea life up-close-and-personal by participating in a diving experience in the Great Tide Pool.

This list shows the best of the area around San Francisco, day trips tourists can’t wait to take. Tourists who are considering these top San Francisco side trips should prepare to be inspired by tastes, smells and sights unlike any others.
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    Half Moon Bay is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Half Moon Bay

    California, USA
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    Big Sur is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Big Sur

    California, USA
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    Sausalito is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Sausalito

    California, USA
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    Berkeley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Berkeley

    California, USA
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    Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Santa Cruz

    California, USA
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    Angel Island is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Angel Island

    California, USA
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    Lake Tahoe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Lake Tahoe

    Sierra Nevada, USA
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    Point Reyes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Point Reyes

    California, USA
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    Mendocino is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Mendocino

    California, USA
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    Napa Valley AVA is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Napa Valley AVA

    California, USA
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    Oakland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Oakland

    California, USA
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    Alameda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Alameda

    California, USA
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    Tomales Bay is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Tomales Bay

    California, USA
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    Monterey Bay Aquarium is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Monterey, California
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    Sonoma County is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Sonoma County

    California, USA
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    The Sea Ranch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    The Sea Ranch

    California, USA
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    Tiburon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Tiburon

    California, USA
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    Davis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Davis

    California, USA
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    Sacramento is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Sacramento

    California, USA
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    Healdsburg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Healdsburg

    California, USA
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    Nevada City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Nevada City

    California, USA
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    Palo Alto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Palo Alto

    California, USA
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    Stanford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Stanford

    California, USA
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    Tri-Valley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Tri-Valley

    California, USA
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    Pacifica is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
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    Pacifica

    California, USA
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