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Bay Area Excursions""

Enjoy the natural beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area with an escape from the city. Marin Headlands, one of myriad possibilities, is 15 minutes from downtown.

  • Accross the Bridge

  • • Sausalito: This Mediterranean-style town across the bay features a scenic marina, galleries, shops and cafes.
  • • Muir Woods: Muir Woods National Monument is a great destination to view ancient redwood trees.
  • San Francisco Islands

    • • Angel Island: Outdoor enthusiasts love the island's recreational opportunities, but the crowd-pleaser is the ferry ride. The view of SF's skyline and nearby Marin County are magnificent from the center of the bay.
    • • Alcatraz: Legendary figures such as Al Capone were imprisoned in this infamous jail.
  • Inland Treasures

    • • Napa Valley: No trip to SF is complete without a wine tour of California's beautiful vineyards.
    • • Yosemite National Park: A spectacular park of glacial lakes, waterfalls and granite mountains.
  • California Coastline

    • • Monterey: Enjoy the breathtaking coastline south on Highway 1 through Santa Cruz to the Cannery Row in Monterey.
    • • Carmel by the Sea: Enjoy great coastal views along the 17-Mile Drive.

Budget Shopping

  • Books: Scour independent bookstores.
  • • Green Apple (The Richmond)
  • • City Lights (North Beach)
  • • A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books (Civic Center)
  • Clothes: Get ready to turn heads with vintage clothing.
  • • Crossroads (Fillmore)
  • • Wasteland or Aardvarks (Haight)
  • Music: New and used CDs for less
  • • Streetlight or Tower (Castro)
  • • Amoeba (Haight)
  • Food: Cheap and fresh ingredients:
  • • Mexican sweet bread and tortillas (Casa Sanchez in the Mission)
  • • Bok choy & other Chinese vegetables (Stockton St. markets)
  • CityLight BookStore