Beyond the Bay Area

Visiting for several days or longer? Perhaps you just want to take a day trip?

The Bay Area is perfect to just head out on a scenic trip that promises to be picturesque, culturally rewarding, simply entertaining, or all of the above.

Coastal Destinations

Drive Route 1 north or south for a majestic coastal highway journey with copious sightseeing opportunities.

Head north to Mendocino for whale watching, lighthouse tours, the Mendocino Jewelry Studio, Celtic Creations, Color & Glass Light Studio, the annual Redwood Coast Whale and Jazz Festival, Art Center Theater, Art in the Redwoods Festival, the Gualala Fine Arts Fair, and unique art galleries such as Wisdom House Gallery and The Dolphin Gallery.

(Visit Gualala Arts for more information about these events and attractions.)

Head south to Santa Cruz, Big Sur, Monterey, and Carmel. Aside from the popular Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row destinations, also review Monterey's local art and history to learn more about its annual cultural events, walking tours, art walk guide, Monterey Maritime and History Museum, Alvarado Gallery, Colton Hall Museum, and the Monterey Museum of Art.

(For a complete list of Monterey attractions, see Visitors Information, as well as the annual events calendar.)

North of the Bay Area

Sojourn to the beautiful Napa Valley / Sonoma Valley region—an easy single-day trip from the Bay Area. (For a complete listing of top-ten attractions, visit 10Best.com.)

South of the Bay Area

The South Bay is about an hour drive from San Francisco, and well worth it. Any one of the following attractions makes the trip worthwhile.

Lake Tahoe / Reno

Head inland to visit wondrous Lake Tahoe, including its worthwhile art galleries, or venture a little farther to hit the nightlife in Reno.

Yosemite National Park

Head in a south-eastern direction to discover why so many artists, most famous being Ansel Adams, have been and continue to be profoundly inspired by Yosemite Valley National Park's sensational vistas.

Visit the local art galleries before or after you tackle hiking up Half Dome!