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With a huge assortment of choices, San Francisco travel options to consider must include excursions from San Francisco. In a days time one can venture out and experience natural beauty unrivalled in the world. During a day while on your trip, you can see magic that has captured the world’s imagination since the Spanish first came to California. Of the many possibilities is the scenic 17-mile drive of Monterey Bay, chances to tour San Francisco wine country, or the opportunity to visit the Muir Woods with several options in this choice alone. Each has its own taste of the Golden State for your fascination and enjoyment.
The extremely scenic 17-mile drive of Monterey is one of the most captivating trips of the state. Winding through the coastal mountains the trail will lead you to several famous locations. From the City by the Bay traveling south on highway 1, you are going to see some of the most spectacular waterfronts in the world. Passing through Santa Cruz and continuing to Carmel (where Clint Eastwood was once mayor), scheduled stops include the cannery row that John Steinbeck immortalized in novel. Seaside exploration, shopping, and activities for all tastes you will find while visiting Carmel. The drive back to the city will take you through the Silicon Valley, home of the technological revolution as you complete a huge loop of the San Francisco peninsula.
When speaking of San Francisco wine country one speaks of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. An extreme contrast to the rugged central coast mentioned above, you will see gentle green rolling hills with tall grassy lands that show the waves of wind upon their tops during the spring, a view I will never forget. In other areas, vineyards as far as the eye can see tell you a winery is near. A drive of my childhood often with the family, this truly is a beautiful part of California. The contrast of the two locations, less than 100 miles from each other is tremendous. During the journey, you will visit some of the finest wineries in the world and taste wines that reflect that excellence. The completion of this excursion from San Francisco is a lazy cruise across the bay, missing the traffic to end a special day.
The Muir Woods, a national monument, is home to some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world. The old growth coastal redwoods are full of stories, as humans have affected the park, good and bad for centuries. Home to many miles of hiking trail; camping, biking, horseback riding and smoking are not permitted in the national monument. Even food is allowable only in a specific location. The trees need and deserve our protection, some a thousand years old or more. As a child in northern California, I remember looking upon a slice of a tree with a timeline of history pointing to specific rings (trees are dated by the number of rings to its core). The highlight was the marker of the birth of Jesus, 2000 years of growth is as old as it gets. The tour combines with a comprehensive city tour following your 90 minutes in the woods. Alternatively, you might want to visit Sausalito, the charming hamlet across the bay at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Finally, you have the option to enjoy a Bay Cruise after the Muir Woods experience.
As I said, surrounding areas are San Francisco travel options worthy of consideration. A well-planned City by the Bay trip can allow one to experience more of California during an efficient and comprehensive vacation. Tour San Francisco Wine Country, learn a new appreciation for the art of wine making. The scenic 17-mile drive will leave you in awe of the magnificent central coast seaside-mountains. Then the Muir Woods will let you step back hundreds of years as you visit giants of the coastal lands. This is California. This is accessible California for a day excursion from San Francisco during your special San Francisco vacation experience, a memory building collection of journeys.
write by Hubert