8 Unique Bay Area Day Trips!

It’s hard to believe, we know, but outside of San Francisco the weather is usually quite toasty come summer time. Here are 8 of our favorite summer escapes!


Did you just giraffe me a question?

SAFARI WEST — An African Escape on the Sonoma Serengeti (We’re Not Lion!)

You don’t have to cross any major oceans to see the creatures of the savanna! Located just over an hour from San Francisco, this unique experience offers some glamping for those that wish to wake with the giraffes. Google Maps Directions & Safari West’s Website

Channel your inner Ansel Adams

YOSEMITE — Soaring Granite and Picturesque Valleys

A day trip to Yosemite isn’t out of reach. Wake up bright and early for the 4 hour trip to the world famous national park. From the old growth forests to the cascading waterfalls, Yosemite is a bucket list trip that is closer than you think. And with all the snow this year, those waterfalls should still be churning! Google Maps Directions & Yosemite’s Website

Stand among giants

GUERNEVILLE & ARMSTRONG REDWOOD STATE RESERVE — Rapids & Redwoods

Russian River is the perfect place to cool down once you’ve escaped the gloom. Grab a raft and float around in the sun. If the river isn’t your cup of tea, check out the Armstrong Redwood Reserve and stand among giants, including Colonel Armstrong, a massive redwood that is around 1,400 years old. Google Maps Directions for Guerneville & Maps Directions For Armstrong Reserve. Websites for Guerneville & Armstrong Reserve

Rise to new heights

THE PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK — Volcanos, Caves, and Condors

If hiking and perhaps geology are more your thing, check out the Pinnacles located about 2.5 hours south of San Francisco. You’ll be able to explore old volcanos, lava caves, and even the location of the California Condor release site. Google Maps Directions to Pinnacles & Pinnacles Website

Get lost in time

HISTORY ON LOCKE — A Time Capsule From the Early 20th Century

Locke is a unique California town that looks like it has stepped out of a western movie. Narrow streets, covered patios, and small mom and pop businesses dot this historic place. The entire town is a historical site and your car is your time machine. Google Maps Directions to Locke & Locke’s Website

This old geyser is still pretty reliable.

CALIFORNIA’S OLD FAITHFUL — Yellowstone Trip Not Required

If you’re looking for a family escape, check out California’s Old Faithful geyser. The area includes a petting zoo with fainting goats as well as picnic areas to enjoy some sunshine. It is just north of Calistoga. Google Maps Directions to California’s Old Faithful & Old Faithful’s Website

A beachin’ good time!

DEL VALLE REGIONAL PARK — 16 Miles of Shoreline for Fun in the Sun

Located about 1 hour east in Livermore, this fabulous lake has 2 swimming beaches, and motorboat, patio boat, and pedal boat rentals. Think about how much fun you’ll have with a group of friends on a boat soaking up some summer sun! Google Maps Directions to Del Valle & Del Valle’s Website

A coastal gem

PINING FOR PESCADERO — A Natural Retreat

Pescadero is just an hour away. For a memorable experience, stay at the Costanoa Lodge. From the gorgeous pools and bungalows to the horseback riding, biking, and hiking, there is much to enjoy at this nature retreat — perfect for unwinding. Google Maps Directions to Pescadero & Costanoa Lodge’s Website


Did we miss any fantastic spots? Be sure to leave your favorite in the comments. The beautiful Bay Area is to be explored and cherished!