Luxe Weekend Getaways and Day Trips from San Francisco 

Because sometimes, a city’s greatest strengths lie in its proximity to the wonders around it.

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Some of San Francisco’s greatest assets aren’t actually found within city limits: Lying just beyond them to the north, south, east, and west, are myriad natural wonders that make the City by the Bay the gem that is it. From the wild, windswept coastline to lush inland forests to sprawling vineyards to rugged mountains and chilly lakes, all situated a stone’s throw (or hour-or-so car ride) away, Northern California is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the possibilities for exploration. And that’s just to tout the great outdoors: Less sporty types still have their choice among exquisite tasting rooms, restaurants, and shopping, too. Here, a guide to best Bay Area getaways, perfect for a day trip, overnight, or a full weekend excursion any time of the year.

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