"SF to Sacramento by way of Sonoma Valley" Day Trips Tip by seagypsy
Day Trips, San Francisco: 20 reviews and 28 photos
Favorite thing: I don't think you need to go as far north as Menedocino.
I recommend going up along the coast as far as Jenner and head back in land to the town of Guerneville in Sonoma which is one of the major wine regions in California.
You could go across the Golden Gate Bridge, and head to the Marin Headlands (beautiful views back across to SF) but you'll have to keep a good eye out for the turnoff right after you clear the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Lots of places to visit such as the Lighthouse or the beach or the Mammal Rescue Center.
Then you could visit the touristy town of Sausalito or as above, Tiburon where you can also catch a ferry across to Angel Island.
Or after Sausalito, follow the scenic Highway 1 to Muir Woods for a hike among the redwoods before continuing on coastal route Highway 1 to Tomales Bay, Bodega Bay, and then Jenner where the Russian River Valley enters the Pacific Ocean. There are quite a number of wineries in Sonoma to visit and you could probably spend a night here. HOwever, this would be more than 3 hours of driving per day but would make for a highly scenic 2 day trip.
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