Are you looking for a getaway, but don’t have the time to do it? There are a number of beautiful, short journey adventures just waiting to be toured! Due to the Northern California weather, these rich and diverse opportunities can be explored all year round. Here are four trips from the Bay Area offering you the full California experience. 

Muir Woods National Monument 

            If you are tired of all the city buzz, come reconnect with nature and hike the beautiful trails of Muir Woods. Home to the awe-inspiring Redwood trees, explore nature’s paradise just right outside the city! Slightly north of San Francisco, trails wind among the trees to Cathedral Grove and Bohemian Grove. 

Napa Valley 

            Calling all wine lovers! Napa Valley is home to some of the world’s best wineries. With over 400 in the valley, dine and wine at gourmet restaurants with picturesque rolling hills. Also, the Napa Valley Wine Train is a wonderful way to explore the landscape. There is no question about it, Napa Valley is a must see!


            The California coastline is simply breath-taking. Monterey is home to some of the best seaside views and a perfect day trip for all ages. Driving along the 17-mile stretch is the highlight of any coastal California adventure. In Monterey, you can dine in at oceanfront restaurants or play a round of golf with friends. There is something for everyone!


            Carmel-By-The-Sea, a much-loved beach town, is found on the Monterey Peninsula. It’s known for beautiful museums, fairytale cottages, and a historic Carmel Mission (picture above). The small beach village also has some unique charm! A fun fact about Carmel, Clint Eastwood was once the mayor. 

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