With a lot on offer, San Francisco is a fun city to live in. Surrounded by the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, this city in northern California is not only rich in natural beauty, but is also home to many famous attractions—the most iconic of them being the Golden Gate bridge. But as with all other busy cities, this bustling city can at times make you long for a nice, quiet getaway. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for a San Francisco weekend break that can give you the refreshing trip you needed, without traveling too far or having to break the bank. We list down some of the weekend breaks you can take from the city, be it with your friends or the family.
Spend time amidst nature at Lake Tahoe
One of the most popular destinations in the area, Lake Tahoe is a huge freshwater lake with trails for hiking and biking close by. Fresh mountain breeze, sports activities, stunning views, and plenty of restaurants make this location an ideal getaway from San Francisco for the entire family. In addition, a number of ski resorts offer various activities for the adventure lovers. Lake Tahoe features numerous lodging options that suit every budget, making it the perfect San Francisco weekend break. Wine and food festivals are other attractions that you can participate in while enjoying your weekend at Lake Tahoe. The Taylor Creek Visitor Center provides you information and maps of the most beautiful hiking trails in the area, which people of all ages can indulge in. Do not forget to make a trip to the Stream Profile Chamber, an underground viewing chamber located on one of the trails, which offers fascinating views of the underwater life.
Distance from San Francisco: Approximately 200 miles, with a driving time of 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Go for the perfect family break in Monterey and Carmel
This San Francisco weekend break destination offers something for all—whether you want to spend your Saturday afternoon exploring the quaint little town, sample various cuisines at outstanding restaurants, or spend the weekend shopping– Monterey and Carmel has got it all. The beautiful coastal town of Monterey offers you the ideal lazy weekend break after a hectic week, where you can spend time walking or biking along scenic seaside trails and spot a whale or two in the ocean. While in this town, make a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, its best-known attraction, for hours of fun time with the family.
Just four miles away from Monterey is the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea, which offers a more upbeat time with its various restaurants and bars, shopping options, spas, and art galleries. At the same time, Carmel offers scenic views and beautiful flowery courtyards that give you the perfect blend of a laid-back yet exciting weekend.
Distance from San Francisco: Approximately 118 miles, with a driving time of 2 hours.
Choose the Half Moon Bay for an tranquil, romantic weekend
One of the closest and best options for a romantic San Francisco weekend break, Half Moon Bay offers breathtaking coastal views as you drive there from the city. Book a room at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay for a quick, yet luxurious getaway from the city life. If you just want to spend the weekend getting pampered, schedule a couple’s spa treatment at the hotel or just laze around in the comfortable room and order room service. Once you are done with your weekend nap, you can venture out of the hotel grounds and explore the attractions in the area, which include visits to the wineries and farmer’s market, or exploring the area on bicycles to complete your idyllic weekend. If you feel a little more adventurous, add treasured memories to your romantic weekend with a horse-riding trip along the beautiful beach as you take in the views of the sun going down over the Pacific. There are also many golf courses, art galleries, and shopping options in Half Moon Bay if you want to indulge yourself or your sweetheart.
Distance from San Francisco: Approximately 30 miles, with a driving time of 40 minutes.
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