13 Easy Escapes Around San Francisco For Day Trips

1. Wine Country

An afternoon of wine tasting in Napa Valley is an easy 50-mile drive from San Francisco.

2. East Bay

The East Bay is one of the most accessible of escapes from downtown San Francisco since it’s well served by public transportation.

3. Marin

Before the Golden Gate Bridge was built, the villages in Marin County were accessible only by ferry and train, and they retain their 19th-century charm today.

4. Silicon Valley

Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Los Altos and Palo Alto offer picturesque tree-lined downtowns chock full of boutique shopping, art galleries and award-winning restaurants.

5. Follow the Freedom Trail

Active families who follow the Freedom Trail from its start on the Boston Common to its endpoint in Charlestown can make stops at historic sites.

6. Spill the Tea

Just steps away you’ll find the Boston Children’s Museum, which has an outdoor maze, a three-story climbing sculpture.

7. Refresh and Reflect

For lunch, check out the $6 kids menu at the Granary Tavern on Milk Street, which includes six entrees like mac ‘n’ cheese and chicken tenders, a drink and Hoodsie cups of ice cream for dessert.

8. Say “Quack”

When they’re not transporting the Patriots or Red Sox on championship parades, Boston’s famous Duck Tours vehicles trundle through the city streets.

9. Get Schooled

The Museum of Science has hundreds of exhibits focused on various aspects of science and technology.

10. Peek Under the Sea

Penguins and seals have their own habitats, and the aquarium also offers daily whale-watching tours from March to November.

11. A Whale Concert

For an unforgettable experience, don’t just watch the whales but listen to their music during a sunset whale concert on the high seas.

12. Art-to-Table

The Gallery District of historic San Jose del Cabo has been the epicenter of a growing art scene celebrating Mexican art and become the cultural cornerstone of Cabo in recent years.

13. Desert Dining

Dive into Los Cabos’ rustic roots as you explore the desert terrain and cuisine from the Baja peninsula.

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