The Best Road Trips is a spring weekend series that showcases our favorite vacations from major cities around The United States.
If you are fortunate enough to live in San Francisco or its outer-lying neighbourhoods, you know one thing for sure: There are so many getaways that are just a short car ride back. And while SF has more to provide on its own – hi, Union Square shoppers – often it’s a little more enjoyable to drive. Particularly in convertibles. With the top flat. You need your bags packed, drench it with Suncream and jump on the paddle — we’ve been given some miles to support!.
Road Trip # 1: San Francisco to Napa Valley
Total Driving Time: 1 hour, 2 minutes Distance Covered: 49 miles Take This Trip If You Can: You’ve had a long April, and I need a glass of wine.
Wine was a part of the past of Napa County, wineries were forming at the place in the mid-19th century. Used to provide many of the top American wines, Napa has also provided more than that to provide as yummy cocktails, incl. Love landscape, top-notch spa, and amazing restaurants — including presumably the country’s top cafes, French Laundry by the legendary cook Thomas Keller. If you want a luxurious experience, look no further than the 5-pearl Calistoga Ranch, An Auberge Resort. The Estate has 20 cottages w/o dining, 1 living room and 1 kitchen, personal Jacuzzis, exterior rain showers. For a more budget-conscious choice, check out the EuroSpa Inn, which has available Wi-Fi, amazing views from the bath and jacuzzi, as well as luxurious units supplied with humid bars and microwaves. And also, buffet on the cottage.
Top Driving Tip: When leaving San Francisco, You have two options when going north to Napa — the Bay Bridge or the Golden Gate. Take the latter; it’s a far more scenic car that gets you to Calistoga in about the same amount of time.
Road Trip # 2: From San Francisco to Lake Tahoe
Driving Time: 3-hour break for 5 hours, 29 minutes Distance Covered: 186.5 miles Take This Trip If: You really like to spend considerable time in the wet.
Lake Tahoe is traditionally known and is a cold location, as the season brings Tahoe wintery, cool conditions, but it’s also a place to visit in mid-summer, Thanks to boating lively!. You have tried to drive kayaking, kayaking, or some boating. If you are too much of a property resident (or to get seasick like all of us, breath), the cycling here is exceptional thanks to the scenery and challenging terrain. Comment up in the Southern area of the location, which offers the most fun and easy access to adventure activities. If you want super luxury lodging, spend a night in the elegant Riccardo Lake Tahoe. Not only are the opinions incredible (the hotel is located on a hilltop), but the hotel also offers the best possible service expected from the Ritz-Carlton company. Knowledgeable visitors should try the Franciscan Lakeside Lodge, which have outdoor fire pits, beds with kitchenettes, but also handouts like self-parking and Wi-Fi. The Franciscan also has a ton of on-site events to celebrate, incl: shoes and sport.
Top Driving Tips: Although it may be inviting to go outside and visit Sacramento — the underused Californian investment — en route, stay in the car and absorb the mountainous Sierra Nevada: We think it’s worth the 3-plus-hour drive.
Road Trip # 3: San Francisco in Yosemite National Park
Total Driving Time: 3 hours, 3.5 hours Distance Covered: 220 miles Take This Trip If You Can: You’ve spent a lot of time in the city and want some airflow.
Known for its gorgeous places, stunning charm!, and a well-guarded environment, Yosemite National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most flocked-to locations in the United States. With incredible marble coastline, spotless warms, sequoia trees, and fall, This National Park is an outdoor fantasy. But walking around the park is also an ideal route to see Yosemite — you can jam on an ascent to the top of an eagle-headed mountain, very. (we’d be really afraid, but maybe you don’ t.) Most visitors stay in the Yosemite Valley location for a classic “Yosemite” enjoy this, and no motel choice demonstrates that was more luxurious than a stay at The Ahwahnee, which offers an excellent variety of proximity conferences to go with the rustic-luxe design. Or, Save a few bucks and reserve a hotel at the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls — it too has a prime place to stay, but at a portion of the Ahwahnee’s nightly rate. Plus!, The Lodge offers free transportation to other places in the Valley if you want to discover the rest of the restaurant area.
Top Driving Tip: While many residents would suggest taking Route 41, we recommend taking the Route 580 (the MacArthur Freeway) along Northern Yosemite Highway (120) clean about a half-hour off your driving time.