There is, of course, an endless spectrum of things to do in San Francisco, one of the most beautiful and dynamic cities in the world. But what’s even better about a getaway to the City by the Bay is the plenitude of fabulous attractions within a day’s drive: from natural wonders to charming seaside towns to spectacular wine country.
A home base at Tilden Hotel gives you the perfect perch for some unforgettable day-tripping. Here are five fantastic choices for your next stay with us!
A mere hop, skip, and a jump from Tilden Hotel, the lovely bayside town of Sausalito awaits you at the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Once a major shipbuilding hub, Sausalito today is known for its many houseboats—Otis Redding wrote his classic “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” on a Sausalito houseboat in 1967, by the way, reason enough for music buffs to visit the city—and its shopping opportunities.
Napa & Sonoma Valleys
Some of the most venerable and esteemed wine country in the country lies in San Francisco’s hinterland, most famously in the form of the beautiful, vineyard-quilted glens of Napa and Sonoma valleys, which help compose the sprawling North Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA). Sonoma Valley is the more slow-paced and rustic of the two; Napa is more tourist-oriented and restaurant-rich. Whether on a guided winery tour or an independent adventure, explorations of either or both valleys are liable to be a highlight of your San Francisco getaway.
The longtime artist colony of Carmel-by-the-Sea on the Monterey Peninsula south of the Bay Area is one of the downright legendary tourist destinations on the spectacular California coast. The scenery and postcard-perfection of it all are reason enough to visit, but you’ll certainly find plenty of art galleries, theaters, boutiques, restaurants, and historic landmarks to enjoy here as well.
Keep going down the coast from Carmel-by-the-Sea, and you’ll hit one of the most ravishing oceanfronts in the world: Big Sur. The steep, straight-out-of-the-brine footings of the Santa Lucias give this shore a magnificently rugged profile, and Highway 1’s cliff- and headland-hugging traverse of it is probably the most celebrated coastal drive in the USA. The wilderness of the BIg Sur interior is summoned by the occasional glimpse of a soaring California condor.
Heighten Your San Francisco Experience With a Day Trip or Three
From the dreamscapes of Big Sur to the tasting rooms of Napa, use Tilden Hotel as your San Francisco jumping-off point for some truly fabulous day trips this fall!