North Bay Travel & Outdoors
The North Bay has some of the most picturesque spots in the Bay Area to enjoy a meal al fresco. Pack a picnic lunch, grab a bottle of wine and hit the road to check out one of these North Bay picnic spots.
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom provides one of the best family experiences in the Bay Area and is less than 35 miles from either San Francisco or Oakland.
The San Francisco Bay Area is home to over 30 stunning beaches, both right on the Pacific Ocean, as well as inland. Explore dozens of beautiful Bay Area beaches, from great views to awesome hikes, and even to the perfect road trip pit stop.
If you enjoy ocean scenery and a slower pace of life, take the short drive to Mendocino for a relaxing getaway.
They call it the quiet side of Napa Valley. Although visitors will find no billboards along the 30-mile stretch of wineries, they may encounter locals with purple hands and teeth, smiling that special smile. Highway 29 is the road for heavy traffic, but the Silverado Trail heads into the foothills via the back roads. It’s a trail of orchards, vines, views, farms, farm stands, charming inns and grand resorts, even a few stately homes and a world-class restaurant or two.
Sonoma is the gateway to Northern California’s wine country, just 40 miles north of San Francisco. Here, visitors discover the intersection of sunshine, vineyards and history that makes Sonoma unique as the birthplace of California statehood in 1846. Add the lure of seasonal festivals for a great getaway destination offering lots more than wonderful wineries.
Rustle up a picnic blanket, some wine glasses, a loaf of bread and that main squeeze for a North Bay picnic like none other. Whether you crave wide open spaces or seclusion, breaking bread as a two-some or in a crowd, these spots are guaranteed to make you stop and smell the roses or the beach … or whatever yummy dessert you’ve brought to share.
From the rugged Sonoma Coast to the vineyards of Napa Valley and the bucolic wildlife corridors of West Marin, North Bay golfers are spoiled. Public golf courses with uniquely North Bay terrain, beautiful views and golden silence promise the perfect game, but the best offer that and so much more.
The Bay Area is all about water! Dive into some little known Bay Area lakes and get an insider’s look at “Clear Lake.” Also, learn where you can take your special someone on a romantic, waterfront date.
As some residents purposefully hide the sign, Bolinas might not be the easiest town to find. But jump on CA-1 North past Stinson Beach, around the Bolinas Lagoon and hang a left into Bolinas.