San Francisco offers a fun filled vacation with unique tours, natural landscape, entertaining man-made attractions, and more. But if you’d like to get out of the city for a different perspective, consider visiting the following attractions only an hour or less from the city.
Hop aboard a ferry for a journey across the San Francisco Bay to the neighboring town of Tiburon. A former railroad town, Tiburon is now a classy and quaint seaside village. Stroll the streets and pop in and out of specialty and antique shops, dine by the waters edge or rent a bike and go for a ride. Visit on Friday nights during the summer when the shops are open later than usual and events and activities for the entire family are held. Ferry schedules vary. For more information, contact:
Blue & Gold Fleet
Tour Benziger Winery
Located in the heart of Wine Country in Sonoma, Benziger Winery is most noted for their green farming practices. Take a 45-minute tram tour through the vineyards to learn more about their organic and Biodynamic practices. Tours end with a wine tasting. Tour days and times are subject to change. For details, contact:
883 London Ranch Rd
Glen Ellen, Ca 95442
Sample Something Sweet at the Jelly Belly Factory
Take a tour through the Jelly Belly Factory where the famous Jelly Belly Jelly Beans are created. This 40-minute tour will take your through the factory itself to explain how flavors are created and the creation process that takes a week long. Along the route, stop to admire Jelly Belly Jelly Bean artwork of Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan, and many other famous personalities. End your stay at the cafe with a jelly bean shaped pizza or burger and a trip to the souvenir shop for a free sample and a bag of irregular jelly beans known as Belly Flops. Tours are free. Call ahead to make sure the plant isn’t shut down for maintenance.
Jelly Belly Factory Tours
1 Jelly Belly Ln
Fairfield, CA 94533
Hike Muir Woods
Take a hike through 6-miles of different hiking trails lined with California Red Wood trees in Muir Woods National Monument. Most trails are level and paved and contain various bridges. Short loops are available for those who would like to take a brief hike. A visitors center is on site with a gift shop offering momentos and snacks.
Mill Valley, CA 94941-2696