Best Weekend Trips
from San Francisco, CA

Fodor's recommends the best weekend getaway ideas near San Francisco, CA. Our itineraries include romantic, food and wine, and outdoor experiences.

  • Photo of Lake Tahoe
    Lake Tahoe

    As a year-round destination, Lake Tahoe's reputation has skyrocketed—thanks to warm-weather sports, superb restaurants, and even wine and food festivals. Popular ski resorts have upped the ante for adventure-centric activities, and hiking and biking trails abound.

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    • Distance: 191 miles
    • Best Time: April to November
    • Best for: Family Girl's Getaway Outdoor
  • Photo of Mendocino
    Mendocino

    With a historic downtown, nightlife driven by gallery openings and performances, and art lovers from all over flocking to enjoy it all, Mendocino is perfect for an art-centric escape. See the spectacular coastal scenery that inspires so many here, with windswept cliffs and waves crashing against the rugged shore.

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    • Distance: 155 miles
    • Best Time: April to December
    • Best for: Romantic Arts and Culture Food and Wine
  • Photo of Monterey and Carmel
    Monterey and Carmel

    In a weekend at gorgeous coastal town Monterey, you can explore its quaint downtown, walk or bike along miles of beautiful seaside trails, and dig in at top-notch restaurants. Carmel, just four miles away, is an upscale enclave that beckons with blocks of charming shops and restaurants.

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    • Distance: 74 miles
    • Best Time: April to December
    • Best for: Family Romantic Outdoor
  • Photo of Paso Robles
    Paso Robles

    It may not be the first place Californians think of when planning a trip to wine country, but that's what makes Paso Robles such a refreshing surprise. Our weekend plan will lead you between with funky art studios and cowboy bars—plus a bumper crop of top-notch (but totally unstuffy) tasting rooms.

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    • Distance: 205 miles
    • Best Time: March to November
    • Best for: Girl's Getaway Romantic Food and Wine
  • Photo of Sonoma
    Sonoma

    One of California's premier wine regions, Sonoma County is shining brighter than ever these days with a bumper crop of award-winning restaurants and two new wine growing regions in 2012. Each quaint town has its own unique flavor, and for a wine-centric getaway, Healdsburg is perfect as a home base.

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    • Distance: 45 miles
    • Best Time: April to November
    • Best for: Girl's Getaway Food and Wine Outdoor
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