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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
Half Moon Bay California, USA

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

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

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Lake Tahoe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
Lake Tahoe Sierra Nevada, USA

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

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

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

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Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
Santa Cruz California, USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Angel Island is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Day Trips from San Francisco
Angel Island California, USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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