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4 Scenic Destinations For A Road Trip From San Francisco

Casey Weissman | March 10, 2021 | Lifestyle Feature

From wineries and inns to charming towns and miles of trails, there's no limit to what you can do and see on a road trip from San Francisco.


The Leonardini Vineyard at Harvest Inn.  PHOTO COURTESY OF HARVEST INN
The Leonardini Vineyard at Harvest Inn.

A Northern California road trip wouldn’t be complete without a winery experience. If you’re looking for a place to stay and unwind, Harvest Inn is that spot. Hidden within Napa Valley, this secluded, German Tudorstyle getaway offers curated wine experiences, high-end dining, spa packages and hot air balloon rides over Napa. It’s a luxury pit stop you don’t want to pass up. 1 Main St., St. Helena,


This rocky coastline 94 miles north of San Francisco is a great place to spend a day hiking, biking and doing water activities like scuba diving and kayaking. From Gerstle Cove, California’s first underwater park, to the 3.8-mile hike through the Pygmy Forest and surrounding prairie, there’s immeasurable, diverse nature to be seen. While some of the park’s campgrounds are closed until April, there’s still over 20 miles of hiking routes and vast ocean views to take in. 25050 CA-1, Jenner,


This luxury ranch-style cottage is located in Fort Bragg and is a must-see on a San Francisco road trip. The oceanfront inn is made of redwood and stone, giving it a rustic feel. With produce grown on-site and wine from local vintners, you will feel right at home. Ride a horse to nearby trails and shorelines, visit picturesque neighboring towns and vineyards, take a UTV across 2,000 acres of coastal preserve; there’s much to do at this cozy destination. 31502 CA-1, Fort Bragg,


Only a three-and-a-half-hour drive from San Francisco lies Lassen Volcanic National Park. As the name gives away, at the center of this park is the active Lassen Volcano. Beyond that attraction, there’s tons of lush forest hiking routes and crystal-clear lakes to explore. Bumpass Hell is a 16-acre area of the park featuring trails winding through boiling springs, mud pots and steam vents. The panoramic views and stargazing are only the beginning of this massive park.

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