San Francisco

San Francisco is a refreshing mix of culture, beauty and activities. Big city connects by bridge to open grasslands, vineyards and lush forests. Chinatown San Francisco, the Mission District and the Haight all offer glimpses into a dichotomy of cultures. This was the heart of the hippy movement in the 60's as well as the Gold Rush of 1849. San Francisco is best known for the Golden Gate Bridge, Cable Cars and earthquakes but this region also includes Napa Valley Wine Country, miles of pristine shoreline and thousands of acres of National Park lands and redwood forest. Weather in San Francisco can be somewhat unpredictable, especially the fog. Whether you're looking for a day of shopping at Union Square or a peaceful hike in the redwoods, there's a wide diversity of things to see and do in San Francisco.

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National Parks

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Point Reyes National Seashore features a wide variety of landscape including forest, marsh lands, rocky coast and grassy plateaus filled with wildflowers. MORE DETAILS

Muir Woods National Monument is named after naturalist John Muir. Muir Woods features open spaces, redwood forest and rolling hills with astounding coastal views. Stinson Beach is a large sandy beach and is popular with surfers. Olema Valley is a hikers paradise with trails through forest, grassy meadows, and steep ridges. MORE DETAILS

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate National Recreation Area features 59 miles of pristine shoreline. Fort Mason, Fort Point, Nike Missile Site, the Presidio and Alcatraz Prison are some of its historic sites. MORE DETAILS

Fort Point National Historic Site is a large brick structure built at the southern end of the Golden Gate Bridge by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers back in 1853. MORE DETAILS

San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park is found at the western end of Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. This historic park consists of several historic ships, historic buildings, aquatic park and several museums including the San Francisco Maritime Museum. MORE DETAILS

State Parks

Samuel P. Taylor State Park is situated within a redwood forest and has a rich history in the logging industry. Activities include camping, picnicking, biking, hiking and horseback riding. MORE DETAILS

Mt. Tamalpais State Park features vistas of the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, the San Francisco Bay and on rare occasions, the Sierra Nevada mountains. MORE DETAILS

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park offers plenty of hiking destinations like a 25-foot waterfall, Bald Mountain for panoramic views and the Robert Ferguson Observatory. Hiking trails follow Sonoma Creek through lush redwood trees and meadow. Activities at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park include camping, picnicking, hiking, astronomy and horseback riding. MORE DETAILS

Mt. Diablo State Park is known for its unobstructed views of the Farallon Islands to Mount Lassen and Yosemite from the top of Mount Diablo. Telescopes are mounted on the observation deck for visitor use. Activities include camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, horseback riding and stargazing. MORE DETAILS

Angel Island has been used by the U.S. Military since the Civil War. Today, Angel Island welcomes boaters, nature lovers, backpackers, sightseers and fisherman. Various tours are offered around the island including bike and shuttle tours. A café and cantina serves fresh salads, sandwiches, burritos, refreshments and more. MORE DETAILS

Amusement Parks

California's Great America is a large amusement park with rollercoasters and other thrill rides. Rollercoasters include Demon, Invertigo and Top Gun. MORE DETAILS

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a combination wildlife park, aquarium and amusement park. Attractions include rollercoaster rides, water slides, marine mammal shows and exotic animal exhibits. MORE DETAILS

View of Santa Cruz Boardwalk from pier

Santa Cruz Boardwalk is a classic boardwalk amusement park and possibly the oldest one in continual use in California. Amusement park includes rollercoasters and other thrill rides. MORE DETAILS

Antioch Water Park is a smaller water park featuring a southwest theme with boulder landscape and slides like Rattler's Run. MORE DETAILS

Boomerang Bay water park features an Australian theme with slides like The Screamin' Wombat and Kookaburra Cay. MORE DETAILS

Raging Waters San Jose water park features slides like Great White Shark, Dragon's Den and Pirates Cove. MORE DETAILS

Waterworld water park features a Hawaiian theme with slides like Honolulu Halfpipe and The Big Kahuna. MORE DETAILS

Zoos & Aquariums

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a combination wildlife park, aquarium and amusement park. Attractions include rollercoaster rides, water slides, marine mammal shows and exotic animal exhibits. MORE DETAILS

San Francisco Zoo is a large city zoo with more than 1,000 animals on display in a comfortable climate along the Pacific Ocean. Popular exhibits at the San Francisco Zoo include Australian Walkabout, Grizzly Gulch, Insect Zoo, Lion House and a petting zoo. The San Francisco Zoo Primate Discovery Center is the home of Koko the Gorilla who became famous being able to communicate using sign language. MORE DETAILS

Oakland Zoo is a large city zoo with more than 400 animals on display. MORE DETAILS

Steinhart Aquarium

Steinhart Aquarium is a large-scale aquarium with mostly local species. Found in Golden Gate Park. MORE DETAILS

Aquarium by the Bay is a moderate-sized aquarium located at the ever-popular Pier 39 on Fisherman's Wharf. MORE DETAILS


Things To Do

Red and White Fleet

Harbor Cruises are popular things to do in San Francisco. They leave Fisherman's Wharf several times daily and some like Hornblower Cruises offer dinner cruise options. Travel in comfort to Alcatraz Prison, Sausalito, Tiburon, or under the Golden Gate Bridge to name just a few of the San Francisco points of interest. MORE DETAILS

Adventure Cat cruising under the Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco tours is one of the best things to do in San Francisco if you want to get local insight. Tours range from walking tours of historic Victorian neighborhoods or Chinatown San Francisco to fully narrated tours aboard hop-on, hop-off double-decker buses, fire engines, vintage automobiles, zebra-striped safari vehicles or bay boat cruises. MORE DETAILS

Seaplane flights are one of the most unique things to do in San Francisco. Lift off from the water and fly over major attractions like Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Prison and Muir Woods National Park. Flights last from 30 to 40 minutes and provide rare photo opportunities. Soar over wine country to a seaplane accessible winery. MORE DETAILS

Cable Car rides are one of the most popular things to do in San Francisco. Cable Cars are available along Powell, Hyde, Mason and California Streets. Hop on a Cable Car for the true San Francisco experience. MORE DETAILS

Bike Rentals are available from several vendors and locations around the city. Rent an electric bike and the hills around the city will be easy to climb. MORE DETAILS

Jessup Cellars image courtesy Yountville Chamber of Commerce

Wine Tasting is a short distance away in the California Wine Country regions of Napa and Sonoma. Hundreds of world-renowned wineries blanket the Napa and Sonoma Valley region. This is where you'll find the big names like Niebaum-Coppola, Robert Mondavi, Kendall-Jackson and Beaulieu Vineyards to name a few. MORE DETAILS

Horseback Riding is available through multiple stables and ranches in the region. Traverse the trails of wine country, along the coastal bluffs of Bodega Bay, through Golden Gate Park or along the sands of Ocean Beach. MORE DETAILS

Campgrounds are available throughout the region. Fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves and the smell of eucalyptus trees. Roast marshmallows over an open fire after a day of hiking and sightseeing. MORE DETAILS

Napa Valley Aloft balloon image courtesy Yountville Chamber of Commerce

Soar over the Napa Valley region in a hot air balloon. Get a birds-eye view of some of California's most popular vineyards and chateaus. MORE DETAILS

Recreational lakes are located throughout the region. They offer boating, fishing, swimming and other activities. Many offer camping on the lake. Houseboats are available on Lake Berryessa near Napa Valley. MORE DETAILS

Kayaking and stand-up paddleboard is popular in the region. Rentals for kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and more are available. Most places included all the necessary equipment, lessons and tours. Paddle the tranquil waters of Tomales Bay, Sausalito Harbor and Pillar Point Harbor. MORE DETAILS

Whale watching cruises depart from several locations in the region from Sausalito to Half Moon Bay. Whales that are found off California's coast include the Gray Whale, Humpback Whale, Blue Whale, Minke Whale, Fin Whale, Sperm Whale and Killer Whale (Orca). MORE DETAILS

Great White Shark Viewing is offered by several charter boat companies in San Francisco. Head out to the Farallon Islands for a glimpse of these mysterious monsters of the deep. Choose to view them from a shark cage or from the deck of a large, safe vessel. MORE DETAILS

Golf courses are abundant throughout the Bay Area. Find a golf coarse from the rolling hills of Wine Country to Morgan Hill in the South Bay. MORE DETAILS

Cruises depart daily to destinations like Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, Tahiti, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Tokyo, New Zealand, Australia, New York and around the world. Hop aboard a cruise ship and explore the world by sea. MORE DETAILS


Alcatraz Prison photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Visiting Alcatraz Prison is one of the most popular things to do in San Francisco. Alcatraz was once the home of notorious criminals like Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. The prison is now closed except to tourists for Alcatraz tours. MORE DETAILS

Coit Tower is found on the city's east side atop Telegraph Hill. Enjoy 360-degree views of the city from the top of a 210-foot tower. Coit Tower was built as a tribute to San Francisco Firefighters, specifically those who fought the flames after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Situated within Pioneer Park, this historic tower also features depression-era murals and a gift shop. MORE DETAILS

Museums include the Cartoon Art Museum, Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Maritime Museum to name a few. MORE DETAILS

Chinatown is the largest Chinese community on the west coast. Visit Chinatown San Francisco for souvenirs and authentic chinese food. MORE DETAILS

Anchor Steam is an award winning brewery offering tours and a tasting room. MORE DETAILS

Letterman Digital Arts Center photo courtesy of the National Park Service

The Presidio is a large area of San Francisco at the southern base of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was formerly a military post and today is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The former barracks serve as a mix of private businesses & schools and government operations. Places of interest to tourists within the Presidio include the Walt Disney Family Museum, Lucas Film campus and the Presidio Golf Course. MORE DETAILS

The Exploratorium is a collection of exhibits and hands-on demonstrations of modern science, biology and physics. This is one of the best things to do in San Francisco for both children and adults to expand their minds. MORE DETAILS

Haight Ashbury was the heart of the 1960's hippy movement and is now an eclectic assortment of head shops, drag boutiques, aroma therapy salons and free-spirited people. MORE DETAILS

Nob Hill is perched on one of the highest hills in the city and was once the neighborhood of wealthy bankers who mostly made their fortunes from the 1849 Gold Rush. They built huge palaces and mansions that peered down over the rest of San Francisco and today have become luxurious hotels like the Fairmont and Mark Hopkins InterContinental. MORE DETAILS

San Francisco City Hall is an exquisite example of American Renaissance architecture with lavishly adorned columns, domes, carvings and a grand staircase on the interior. City Hall was completed in 1915 and replaced the old structure after it was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake that leveled much of the city. MORE DETAILS

Golden Gate Bridge and Fort Point

The Golden Gate Bridge is San Francisco's most recognizable landmark. Choose to drive across, join a tour, walk it or bike it. MORE DETAILS

The Embarcadero spans the entire downtown waterfront from Fisherman's Wharf to the Giants baseball stadium. The heart of the Embarcadero is at the end of Market Street where there are terminals for cruise ships, ferry boats, sightseeing charters and more. Backed by the Financial District, the Embarcadero is comprised of great restaurants, shopping, beautiful fountains, modern sculptures and high rise backdrops. MORE DETAILS

Spanish Missions were built all along the California coast between 1769 and 1823. Their purpose was to convert the indigenous peoples to Christianity and as strongholds for the newly claimed territories of Spain. Four of these missions can be found in the region. Mission Dolores barely survived the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and stands today as the city's oldest structure. MORE DETAILS

U.S.S. Pampanito

San Francisco Maritime Museum is not only a museum but also several piers showcasing historic tallships, military ships, a ferry boat and WWII submarine. Tours are available. MORE DETAILS

Golden Gate Park spans over 1000 acres of the city and features a plethora of sites and activities including museums, lakes, recreational areas, an historic lodge & carousel, horseback riding, a microbrewery restaurant and much more. MORE DETAILS

The Palace of Fine Arts is the only remaining structure from the Panama-America International Exposition of 1915. Photography of the Romanesque portico, colonades and reflecting pool is best in the morning hours. MORE DETAILS

San Francisco Japanese Garden

Japanese Tea Gardens are situated within Golden Gate Park. Stop in for tea and enjoy koi ponds, a hedge in the shape of Mt. Fuji, Zen garden and more. MORE DETAILS

Twin Peaks is an area of higher elevation on the south side of San Francisco that features panoramic views of the entire Bay Area. This is considered a 'Must See' by many Bay Area tour operators. MORE DETAILS

Pacific Heights is a neighborhood offering the most beautiful collection of Victorian homes in the entire city. Turrets, gables and gingerbread adorn these colorful mansions that span several square blocks and offer outstanding views of the San Francisco Bay. MORE DETAILS

Painted Ladies are a row of six brightly colored Victorian mansions that are the most photographed Victorians in the city. Many of the original Victorian homes were destroyed by fire following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. MORE DETAILS

Tiled Steps in San Francisco

Tiled Steps is a long, 163-step staircase that is covered in a colorful display of mosaic tiles that were hand painted by local artists. The staircase ascends from the community below to Grand View Park where spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean can be found. MORE DETAILS

Sausalito is an upscale harbor town located across the bay from San Francisco. Visitors enjoy shopping, walking, kayaking the harbor, fishing and boating. A seaplane offers views of the entire bay, or catch a ferry from Fisherman's Wharf. MORE DETAILS

Tiburon is a small peninsula near Sausalito that features a few hotels, restaurants and boutique shops. Tiburon is known best for its open space for hiking and biking and expansive views of San Francisco Bay. MORE DETAILS

Vineyard image courtesy Yountville Chamber of Commerce

Napa Valley is the heart of California Wine Country. Head to Napa for wine tasting at world-renowned wineries. Popular activities in the Napa Valley include hot air ballooning, biking, horseback riding, golfing and much, much more. Test your nerves on a bi-plane flight. Enjoy a gourmet meal with exceptional wine on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Visit a nearby lake for camping, boating, houseboating and fishing. Peruse the boutique shops in downtown Napa. MORE DETAILS

California Redwoods are located to the north and south of San Francisco. These giant redwoods are not just found in National Parks but several smaller State Parks too. MORE DETAILS

Lombard Street

Lombard Street is one of the most unique things to do in San Francisco. Lombard is a one block section of road proclaimed as The Crookedest Street in San Francisco that tourists wait in line to drive down. MORE DETAILS

Nike Missile Sites are decommissioned anti-aircraft missile command centers from the Cold War Era that are located throughout the Bay Area. One site has been restored and offers tours to the public. MORE DETAILS

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House is the Victorian home constructed by the heiress of the notorious Winchester Rifle founder. Sarah Winchester believed she was haunted by the people that Winchester rifles had killed over the years and she needed to continue building on the home in order to avoid being harmed by these ghosts. The result is a 160 room Victorian mansion bordering on bizarre with doors in the floor, staircases that lead to dead ends, and unfinished room additions throughout the property. MORE DETAILS

Train rides chug through the redwood trees of the Santa Cruz Mountains, along the Transcontinental Railroad in the East Bay and through Wine Country on a wine tasting dinner train. MORE DETAILS

Point Bonita Lighthouse photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Lighthouses are located up and down the coast from Point Reyes to Pescadero. They make for picturesque shots and have interesting histories. Some offer lighthouse tours that include climbing the spiral staircase to the top. One is only accessible by crossing a suspension bridge 100 feet up from the sea and others are hostels offering inexpensive stay. MORE DETAILS


Bay Area sports teams include the San Francisco Giants, Oakland A's, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Oakland Warriors and San Jose Sharks. MORE DETAILS

Fisherman's Wharf is a 10 block span of San Francisco harbor. Pier 39 is the center point of the wharf with two stories of more than 100 stores and attractions. Attractions include an aquarium, Wax Museum, Maritime Museum and restaurants with astounding views of San Francisco Bay. MORE DETAILS

The Cannery is an outdoor mall that was previously Del Monte Plant #1. It is now home to specialty shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and live entertainment. MORE DETAILS

San Francisco Opera is found in the Civic Center complex and hosts top opera events throughout the year. MORE DETAILS

Cow Palace hosts concerts, ice skating events, expos, rodeo, the circus, boxing and more. MORE DETAILS

Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of Fine Arts is one of the city's most picturesque structures and hosts plays, music events, film and dance. The Palace was built 1915 and is the only remaining structure from the Panama-America International Exposition. MORE DETAILS

The Dinner Detective

Book a Mystery Dinner Show and help to solve a murder case with a touch of comedy while you enjoy a fantastic four-course meal. Everyone is a suspect, even you, and the killer may be sitting at your table. Win a prize package for being The Top Sleuth of the evening. MORE DETAILS

Harry Denton's Starlight Room is found on the 21st floor of the historic Sir Frances Drake Hotel and is one of the city's most popular lounges. MORE DETAILS

Sonoma Raceway is a world-renowned race track featuring everything from motorcycle racing to Indy car racing, NASCAR and NHRA drag racing. MORE DETAILS

Golden Gate Fields is found in the East Bay and offers year-round horse racing. Try your luck at a Trifecta or Pick Six and go home with full pockets. MORE DETAILS


Tomales Bay is found north of San Francisco. Tomales Bay is a desolate section of coast that features many outdoor activities. Nearly two dozen beaches are either located in the protected waters of the bay or on the rugged coastline. Many require several miles of hiking to reach and one even includes passing through a sea cave at low tide. MORE DETAILS

Stinson Beach is located on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge within Muir Woods National Monument. Stinson features long stretches of sand, great surf and nearby state and national parks make this a popular locals hangout. MORE DETAILS

Rodeo Beach is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Rodeo Beach features a large sand beach backed by Rodeo Lagoon and the Marin Headlands. Rodeo Beach is unique for its green and red pebble sand. Plenty of parking is available along Mitchell Road and in parking lots across the road. Restrooms and showers available in the parking lot. Situated at Fort Cronkhite, Rodeo Beach is surrounded by historic military buildings, bunkers, batteries and missile sites. MORE DETAILS

Paradise Beach is situated on the east side of the Tiburon peninsula. Paradise Beach Park is nestled among shade trees and features a narrow sand beach, grassy picnic areas, horseshoe pits, fishing pier, kayak access and restrooms. MORE DETAILS

Aquatic Park is found at the western end of Fisherman's Wharf in front of the San Francisco Maritime Museum. This park features a small sandy beach and a large protected harbor that's popular with swimmers. MORE DETAILS

Golden Gate Promenade

Golden Gate Promenade is found between the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. It features a huge sandy beach with views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Tiburon and Alcatraz Prison. MORE DETAILS

Baker Beach photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Baker Beach is perhaps San Francisco's most scenic beach with its unobstructed view of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is a favorite of the locals and offers a sandy beach and grass-covered sand dunes. MORE DETAILS

China Beach is one the city's more popular beaches for swimming and lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. There are conveniences such as changing rooms, barbecue pits and and sun protected areas. MORE DETAILS

Ocean Beach is San Francisco's largest beach offering four miles of sandy beach. The paved Ocean Beach Esplanade parallels the entire length of the beach offering a comfortable place to walk, bike or stroll. MORE DETAILS

Linda Mar Beach is also known as Pacifica State Beach. Linda Mar features a large sand beach that's easily accessible from parking lots off Highway 1. Conveniences include fast food restaurants and restrooms. The south side of Linda Mar Beach is a popular surf beach that delivers consistent lefts. Linda Mar Beach is a popular dog beach where dogs are allow with certain restrictions. MORE DETAILS

Half Moon Bay State Beach is found south of Half Moon Bay off Kelly Avenue. Bluffs overlook a wide sandy beach to the ocean. Half Moon Bay features 4 miles of sand beach backed by small communities and rural farmland. The Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail is a paved trail that follows the dunes and connects all of the beaches in Half Moon Bay. Activities include beach camping, horseback riding, picnicking, surfing, and surf fishing. MORE DETAILS

Bean Hollow features a small sand beach tucked into a cove. Bean Hollow is surrounded by rocky cliffs with tide pools making it an extremely picturesque beach. The Arroyo De Los Frijoles Trail follows the coast nearly a mile to Pebble Beach. Restrooms and picnic tables are available at the parking lot. MORE DETAILS


Petaluma Village Outlets are a collection of over 60 outlets for stores like Bose, Saks Fifth Avenue, Vans, Mikasa and more. MORE DETAILS

The Cannery at Del Monte Square

The Cannery features over 30 shops and restaurants located in the old Del Monte Plant No. 1. MORE DETAILS

Ghirardelli Square features nearly 30 shops and restaurants situated in the old Ghirardelli Chocolate factory. Ghirardelli is no longer made here but a chocolate shop, café and souvenir shop remain. The Ghirardelli sign is a popular photo op for many tourists. MORE DETAILS

Fillmore Street is a neighborhood shopping venue comprising 7-blocks of boutiques, cafes and lounges in the heart of the city.  MORE DETAILS

Union Square San Francisco is the créme de la créme experience for the avid shopper. Here you will find major department stores like Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue Neiman Marcus as well as small boutiques. Union Square comprises several square blocks of shopping bliss. MORE DETAILS

Crocker Galleria is a traditional shopping mall featuring shops like Polo Ralph Lauren, Gianni Versace, Johnny Walker & Co. Wine & Spirits and more. MORE DETAILS



Argonaut Hotel

Argonaut Hotel is found in the Cannery building at the western end of Fisherman's Wharf. The Argonaut is surrounded by some of the city's most popular attractions. Hotel amenities include a fitness center, valet parking and in-room spa service. MORE DETAILS

Tuscan Inn is found adjacent to Fisherman's Wharf. This hotel was selected as one of the "World's Best Places to Stay," by Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List 2005 and as "The Best Hotel in Fisherman's Wharf," for several consecutive years by Frommer's San Francisco Travel Guide. Hotel features include passes for a nearby athletic club, several daily limousine trips to the Financial District, an on-site Italian restaurant and a complimentary wine hour every night. MORE DETAILS

Fairmont San Francisco is found in the Nob Hill neighborhood at California and Mason Streets. Situated at the intersection of three cable car lines, the Fairmont is a great hub for exploring the rest of the city. Luxury hotel amenities include a concierge, babysitting service, gift shops, restaurants, laundry service, bell staff, spa and health club. MORE DETAILS

InterContinental Mark Hopkins is found in the Nob Hill neighborhood at California and Mason Streets. Situated at the intersection of three cable car lines, the InterContinental is a great hub for exploring the rest of the city. The hotel offers nearly 400 rooms and suites, most with outstanding views. Hotel amenities include a concierge, fitness studio, business center, two lounges, complimentary town car weekdays and valet parking. MORE DETAILS

Hotel Carlton San Francisco is located off Van Ness Avenue (Hwy 101). This boutique hotel is a great choice for a cheap hotel within the city. MORE DETAILS

W Hotel is found off Interstate 80 in downtown. Situated in the Yerba Buena District, this modern luxury hotel features many upscale amenities including a restaurant, bars, day spa, fitness center, parking for a fee and more. MORE DETAILS

Le Meridien is found off Interstate 80 in downtown. Found in the Financial District, this luxury hotel offers upscale amenities like a fitness center, parking for a fee, day care service, WiFi, restaurant, bar & lounge and more. MORE DETAILS

Handlery Union Square Hotel is found off Interstate 80 from the 5th Street exit. This historic Union Square San Francisco hotel features amenities like a restaurant, swimming pool, fitness center, barbershop, sauna valet parking, WiFi and more. MORE DETAILS

Hotel Nikko is located in the heart of San Francisco. Nearby attractions include Union Square San Francisco, Museum of Modern Art, multiple shopping venues and much more. MORE DETAILS

Villa Florence is found off Interstate 80 from the 5th Street exit. This historic boutique hotel is found at Union Square San Francisco and features amenities like a popular restaurant & bar, fitness center, valet parking and more. MORE DETAILS

The Westin St. Francis Hotel is found off Interstate 80 from the 5th Street exit. This landmark luxury hotel features an over-the-top opulence with crystal chandeliers, towering ceilings, ornate moldingsa and empire furnishings. MORE DETAILS

Hotel Diva is found off Interstate 80 from the 5th Street exit. This luxury hotel is self proclaimed as the most chic hotel in San Francisco. MORE DETAILS

Donatello Hotel is found off Interstate 80 from the 5th Street exit. This boutique hotel is found near Union Square San Francisco and offers amenities like a restaurant, rooftop lounge, fitness center, hot tub, sauna and more. MORE DETAILS

Sir Francis Drake is situated in the popular Union Square region. This historic hotel features plenty of opulence with its crystal chandeliers, velvet furnishings and trendy decor. Harry Denton's Starlight Room is one of the city's most popular lounges and is found on the 21st floor of the hotel. Amenities include several choices for fine dining and in-room spa service. MORE DETAILS

Chancellor Hotel is found in the popular Union Square region. This historic hotel has been family owned since 1914 and features an on-site restaurant & bar. MORE DETAILS

Palace Hotel is an historic 1875 hotel situated in downtown between Union Square, Chinatown, the Financial District, the Museum of Modern Art and so much more. This is a terrific region of the city for exploring the cultural diversity of the city. The Garden Court dining room in the center of the Palace Hotel is a highlight of the hotel with a stained glass ceiling, crystal chandeliers and opulent architecture. MORE DETAILS

Calistoga Ranch is located south of Calistoga off the Silverado Trail. They are an Auberge Resort that specializes in luxury hotels. Found in the foothills of Napa Valley, Calistoga Ranch offers a sense of serenity and rejuvenation. MORE DETAILS

Calistoga Inn is found off Highway 29 in downtown Calistoga. The Inn is situated in a large Victorian-era home and is a great choice for a cheap hotel in Napa Valley. MORE DETAILS

Harvest Inn Napa is found on Highway 29 in south St. Helena at Sulphur Springs Avenue. The Harvest Inn resembles a French country neighborhood snuggly nestled in a forest of mature trees and gardens. MORE DETAILS

Auberge Du Soleil is an award-winning resort that's terraced down a hillside and features panoramic views of wine country. French-Mediterranean rooms are available in the main house or in bungalows scattered about the 33-acre property. MORE DETAILS

Napa Valley Lodge is found off Highway 29 at the north end of Yountville. Found in a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, this Tuscan villa features many luxury hotel amenities including a swimming pool, courtyard fountains, outdoor fire pit, Champagne breakfast, daily newspaper, wine hour, WiFi, bocce ball court, fitness center, day spa and more. MORE DETAILS

image courtesy of Four Sisters Inns

Maison Fleurie (Flowering House) is reminiscent of a typical French cottage. A huge stone fireplace and lush gardens provides guests with warmth and serenity. Ideally located in the heart Yountville and Napa Valley wine country, guests are invited to sample local wines and share details of favorite wines and wineries of region. MORE DETAILS

Vintage Inn

Vintage Inn resembles a chateau in the French countryside with brick exteriors, white picket fences and lush colorful gardens. MORE DETAILS

Napa Valley Railway Inn is one of Yountville's most unique and economical places to stay in a town inundated with luxury resorts. The Railway Inn is comprised of 100-year old train cars that have been tastefully restored as hotel rooms. A Coffee Caboose is attached to the inn and offers pastries, coffees, teas and other signature beverages throughout the day. MORE DETAILS


Bardessono is a full service luxury resort complete with a modern hotel, restaurant & bar and spa. The rooms double as spa suites with fireplaces, concealed massage tables, soaking tubs, steam showers and more. MORE DETAILS

Glen Ellen Inn & Secret Cottage is situated along side a babbling creek. The Glen Ellen Inn offers several romantic cottages that feature a jacuzzi tub for two, fireplace, mini bar and deck. MORE DETAILS

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is found off Highway 12 in the heart of Sonoma. This luxury hotel features upscale amenities like several restaurants, a day spa, fitness center, golf course, tennis courts and more. MORE DETAILS

The Lodge at Sonoma is found off Highway 12 in downtown Sonoma. This luxury hotel offers upscale amenities like a Mediterranean restaurant, wine & coffee bar, swimming pool, day spa, fitness center and more. MORE DETAILS

Ramekins Sonoma is located off Highway 12 in downtown Sonoma. This bed and breakfast Inn is a culinary school & private event center with a Spanish-style boutique hotel. MORE DETAILS

Elm House Inn has won Best Western's "Best of the Best" award several years straight and receives repeated 5-star ratings from former guests. Inn features include a large spa, beautifully manicured gardens with sculptures and complimentary wine tasting during selected months. MORE DETAILS

Napa River Inn is found next to the Napa River in an old brick building know as the Historic Napa Mill, which also houses several award-winning restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, a market and day spa. MORE DETAILS

The Carneros Inn is found on the Sonoma Highway 12 between Napa and Sonoma. Situated in the fertile farmlands of Carneros Valley, The Carneros Inn features an off-the-beaten-path luxury resort. MORE DETAILS

Silverado Resort and Spa is found off the Silverado Trail in north Napa. Found in the foothills of Napa Valley, this luxury resort offers amenities like a full-service day spa, two golf courses, tennis courts, swimming pools, hot tubs, laundry rooms, a restaurant, grill and lounge. MORE DETAILS

Bodega Bay Lodge is found on the coast between Bodega Harbor and the Bodega Links Golf Course. Bodega Bay Lodge features many luxury amenities including a full-service spa, ocean-view pool, direct beach access, fitness center with sauna, complimentary wine reception and an on-site award-winning restaurant. MORE DETAILS

Water's Edge is a quaint, boutique hotel situated on the shore of the San Francisco Bay. It offers views of downtown San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. MORE DETAILS

Inn Above Tide is situated over the water where every room features panoramic views of San Francisco Bay and the city skyline. MORE DETAILS

Hotel Sausalito is an historic hotel offing sixteen rooms that are decorated and furnished with the works of local artisans. The hotel is situated within a park in Sausalito and many rooms overlook the park to the ocean. MORE DETAILS

image courtesy of Four Sisters Inns

Seal Cove Inn is set atop a bluff overlooking a county park and the Pacific Ocean, Seal Cove Inn is one of the popular Four Sisters Inns that offer many B&B amenities. MORE DETAILS

Half Moon Bay Lodge is found of Highway 1 south of Half Moon Bay. Situated at the Half Moon Bay Golf Course, this hotel offers amenities like a swimming pool with fireplace, hot tub, fitness center, WiFi, free parking, in-room spa service, continental breakfast with fresh waffles and more. MORE DETAILS

The Beach House is a Nantucket-style Hotel situated right on the beach. It features views of Pillar Point Harbor and 'Mavericks,' the famous big-wave break. Hotel amenities include a pool area, spa, gym and dining. MORE DETAILS

There are several hostels situated throughout San Francisco including popular destinations like Downtown, Union Square, the Financial District, Mission District, Sausalito, Point Reyes, Ocean Beach, Berkeley, Pescadero and Santa Cruz. These are low cost alternatives to hotels and often require dorm-style living. MORE DETAILS


Spud Point Crab Company is a family-operated fish stand situated in Bodega Harbor that serves up some of the freshest seafood in the area. Whole-cooked crabs, smoked salmon, clam chowder, shrimp cocktail are just a few of the seafood menu items served up fresh from their boats to the shop. MORE DETAILS

Catelli's is an Italian restaurant that emphasizes organic fare with fresh seasonal ingredients. Menu includes Basil Caesar Salad, Lasagne, Chicken Sauté Sec, West Coast Ciopinno, Zinfandel Braised Lamb Shank and Grilled Pesto Chicken Sandwich. They're known for their unique homemade meatball sliders. MORE DETAILS

Culinary Institute of America is a world-renowned culinary school located on Highway 29 in St. Helena. CIA Napa is situated in Greystone castle and provides certificate and degree progams in culinary arts. Visitors to Greystone are welcome to enjoy the creations of CIA Napa students at 3 on-site restaurants; The Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant, The Conservatory at Greystone and The Bakery Café by illy. MORE DETAILS

Gott's Roadside is a hamburger stand that's been featured in multiple food publications with outstanding acclaim. MORE DETAILS

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen is found in a restored building in the heart of St. Helena's historical district. With it's outdoor patio, colorful flower boxes and backstreet location, Cindy's offers a comforting town & country feel. MORE DETAILS

Market serves American classics in an historic fieldstone building. Restaurant menu choices include Fresh Dungeness Crab Cake, Housemade Porcini Mushroom Ravioli, Champagne Battered Fish n' Chips, Fried Green Zebra Tomatoes and Roasted Red Pepper-Cucumber Sandwich. MORE DETAILS

French Laundry Restaurant

French Laundry is the most recognizable restaurant for fine dining in Wine Country, if not the entire state. They are situated in an historic 1900 river rock and timber building. Restaurant menu options include Mallard Duck, Maine Lobster Tail, Oysters and Pearls and Medallion of Elysian Fields Farm Lamb. MORE DETAILS

Bistro Jeanty is a French restaurant serving classic French Bistro fare. Restaurant menu choices include Escargots, Duck Foie Gras Pate, Ham & Leek Quiche, Veal Kidneys with Green Peppercorn Sauce, Ribeye Steak with Bearnaisse Sauce and Crepe Suzette. MORE DETAILS

Bouchon Bistro

Bouchon features traditional French food and also features a raw bar with oysters on the half shell and other seafoods. Restaurant menu choices are seasonal and can include Delta Asparagus Salad, Roasted Leg of Lamb, Pan-Seared Sea Bass, Sauteed Gnocchi, Escargots and French Fries with Black Truffles. The popular Bouchon Bakery is situated next door and offers irresistable sweets made with French baking techniques. MORE DETAILS

Bottega specializes in Italian food with grilled and smoked meats. Restaurant menu choices include Grilled Shortrib Meatballs, Ricotta Gnocchi, Mediterranean Seafood Brodetto, Black Garlic Spaghetti Grande, Wood Grilled Lamb Chops and Truffle-Parmigiano Fries. MORE DETAILS

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Ad Hoc Napa is found in the heart of downtown Yountville. Ad Hoc Napa features a daily-changing four-course menu of classic American food like BBQ Beef Short Ribs, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Heirloom Tomato Salad and Chocolate Pacan Pie. MORE DETAILS

Mustards Grill is an award-winning restaurant that features indoor and outdoor patio seating in their garden from which many of the vegetables they serve were grown. Their wood-burning grill turns out irresistable restaurant menu choices like Seafood Tostada, Chipotle-Rubbed Quail, Tea-Smoked Peking Duck, Mongolian Pork Chop and Grilled Hanger Steak. MORE DETAILS

Brix Napa is located on St. Helena Highway (Hwy 29) in Yountville between Oakville and Yountville. They feature a restaurant, wine bar & lounge and relaxing gardens. Brix Napa specializes in French-inspired California cuisine with menu choices including Caramelized Sea Scallops, Honey Glazed Pork Chop, Wood Grilled Ribeye, Dungeness Crab Fondue and French Dip Sandwich. MORE DETAILS

Napa Mill is an historic structure next to the Napa River that consists of several old brick buildings known as the Historic Napa Mill. It houses a luxury hotel, award-winning restaurants, an art gallery, retail shops, a market and day spa. Notible award-winning eateries include Celadon, Angéle, Sweetie Pies Bakery and the Napa General Store Café. MORE DETAILS

Napa Valley Wine Train offers wine tasting and dining tours through Wine Country in a vintage locomotive. Menu choices depend on the car you choose to dine in and may include Green Peppercorn Encrusted Pork, Pan Seared Salmon, Dungeness Crab Cake, Grilled Prawns with Serrano and Chicken Florentine. MORE DETAILS

ella Santina's is an award-winning Italian restaurant specializing in Northern Italian fare and featuring a popular outdoor patio. Restaurant menu choices include Lasagna Bolognese, Linguini Pesto, Vegetariano Panini, Gnocchi Della Nonna and Spit Roasted Petaluma Duck. MORE DETAILS

The General's Daughter serves Southern fare in a 1860's Victorian home. Restaurant menu choices include Heirloom Tomato Cucumber Salad, Maine Lobster & Dungeness Crab Risotto, Line Caught Halibut, Colorado Lamb Loin, Spice Rubbed Venison Loin and Pan Roasted Duck Breast. MORE DETAILS

La Salette serves Mediterranean, Iberian and Portuguese fare. Restaurant menu choices include Portuguese Pork and Garlic Sausage, Dungeness Crab Crepe, Sonoma Goat Cheese Empada, Mozambique Prawns, Spring Lamb Stew and Shrimp Ceviche Salad. MORE DETAILS

The Caprice is found on the bay in Tiburon. The Caprice features astounding views and equally pleasurable meals. Restaurant menu courses include Dungeness Crab Cakes with Remoulade, Lobster Risotto with Chorizo, Ribeye Steak, Beluga Lentils with Pumpkin Sauce and Pan-Roasted Striped Bass Filet. MORE DETAILS

The Spinnaker is found overlooking the Sausalito Waterfront. This predominantly seafood restaurant features panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay. Restaurant menu choices include Mixed Seafood Grill, Pacific Mahi Sauté, Grilled Lobster Tail, Grilled Chicken Penne, Four-Cheese Ravioli, New York Steak, Filet Mignon, Chicken Breasts Sauté, and Pasta Primavera. MORE DETAILS

Sushi Ran is found one block from the Sausalito Waterfront. This award-winning Japanese restaurant serves traditional fare including sushi, tempura, bento box lunches and saki. MORE DETAILS

Gary Danko is an award-winning, fine dining restaurant that serves the meal in courses. Restaurant menu includes Caviar, Lobster Bisque, Lemon Herb Duck, Stuffed Quail and many more choices. MORE DETAILS

Boudin Sourdough Bakery Restaurant Bar

Bistro Boudin is run by the world-famous Boudin Sourdough Bakery. This is the only place in San Francisco where the crab is secondary to the bread. Restaurant menu items include Dungeness Crab 'Mac & Cheese', Baked Goat Cheese, Locally Caught Halibut and much more. MORE DETAILS

Crab House restaurant

Crabhouse at Pier 39 was voted 'Best Crab in San Francisco' and offers outstanding ocean views. This seafood restaurant is found upstairs at Pier 39. Restaurant menu items include Crab Melt, Lobster Salad, Fondue, Petit Fillet Mignon, an all crab ceviche and much more. MORE DETAILS

Pier Market Fish Restaurant

Pier Market Seafood Restaurant serves 'award winning clam chowder' and features outstanding views of S.F. Bay and Alcatraz Island. This seafood restaurant is found downstairs at Pier 39. Restaurant menu items include Clam Chowder, Dungeness Crab, Fish & Chips, N.Y. Steak & Lobster and much more. MORE DETAILS

Scoma's has been serving Italian-style seafood dishes on Fisherman's Wharf since 1965. They get first choice of meat from the fishing fleet and have a fish processing station adjacent to the restaurant. This is a no-frills Italian restaurant that knows what they're doing when it comes to seafood and wine. MORE DETAILS

Top of the Mark is found on the 19th Floor of the Mark Hopkins Hotel. The Top of the Mark Restaurant & Lounge has long been known for its panoramic views and exquisite menu. Ask anyone in the city where the best place is for a special occassion and Top of the Mark will most likely be their first response. Their restaurant menu features lite-fare selections with more concentration on views and cocktails. MORE DETAILS

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar is situated in the Fairmont Hotel on the Terrace Level, the Tonga Room features a Pacific Rim Asian theme where it even rains. Restaurant menu choices include Green Papaya Salad, Coconut Shrimp, Dragon Fire Chicken, Miso Glazed Pacific Opah, Thai Basil Tiki Curry and island drinks like daiquiris, margaritas and piña coladas. MORE DETAILS

Yank Sing is an award-winning Chinese restaurant with two locations, both within the Embarcadero region. This unique Chinese restaurant serves some of the best dim sum San Francisco has to offer. Dim Sum is appetizer-sized portions of traditional and contemporary Chinese food. Good things definitely come in small packages at Yank Sing. MORE DETAILS

Kuleto's is found in the heart of Union Square San Francisco on the ground floor of the Villa Florence Hotel. Kuleto's Italian restaurant offers a trip to the city's past with its turn of the century decor and signature Italian pastas. Choose from casual dining in their bar room or fine dining in their cozy dining room warmed by fireplace. MORE DETAILS

Farallon is situated less than one block from Union Square San Francisco, Farallon is a fine dining seafood restaurant with an elegant undersea decor of jellyfish chandeliers, octopus stools, glowing kelp forests and sandy ocean floor. MORE DETAILS

San Tung serves some of the best traditional Chinese food find anywhere in the city. Choose from traditional Chinese restaurant menu items like Mongolian Beef, Shrimp with Lobster Sauce and Kung Pao Chicken, as well as authentic items like Jellyfish with Cucumbers, Braised Bean Curd and Liang Zhang Pi. Their specialty is Dry Fry Chicken. MORE DETAILS

Cliff House is situated in an historic structure recently restored to its original art deco splendor. It was originally the site of a massive Victorian home and later the Sutro Baths, which now remain as concrete mortars of tide pool life. The Cliff House features three restaurant options including The Bistro, Sutro's and Sunday Brunch in the Terrace Room. MORE DETAILS

Beach & Park Chalet is found at the western end of Golden Gate Park where the park meets the Pacific Ocean. Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant is found on the second floor of the Golden Gate Park Visitor Center and features vast ocean views. Steak & seafood fare with restaurant menu items like Dungeness Crab Benedict, Crab Louie Salad and BC's Awesome BBQ Babyback Pork Ribs. MORE DETAILS

Moss Beach Distillery is an historic oceanside restaurant that was once a speakeasy during prohibition. They even claim to have a resident ghost from the era. Restaurant menu choices include Warm Spinach Salad, Butternut Squash Lasagna, Prawns & Chips, Chicken Saltimbocca and Seared Yellowfin Tuna Sandwich. MORE DETAILS

Falafel Drive-In specializes in Mediterranian & Middle-eastern cuisine with Gyros, Falafels, Kabobs and Pitas. American favorites like corn dogs, hamburgers, burritos and malts are also available. MORE DETAILS

The Basin is found in downtown Saratoga. The Basin features indoor or outdoor patio dining under a centuries-old oak tree. They serve California fare with influences of Spain, Franch and Italy. Restaurant menu choices include Wild Mushroom Rigatoni, Spaghetti Puttanesca Pasta, Fisherman's Stew, America's Best Liver & Onions, Slow Braised Short Ribs, Garlic Shrimp and Heirloom Tomato Pizza. MORE DETAILS

The Wine Cellar is situated in one of the oldest structures in Los Gatos. They offer a lot of charm with washed walls, custom ironwork, exotic wood bar and indoor & outdoor dining. Restaurant menu choices include Stuffed Jumbo Prawns, Grilled Artichoke, Chinese Chicken Salad, Baja Tacos, Sicilian-Style Pizza, Eggplant Roulade Pizza, Duck Confit and Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna. MORE DETAILS



San Francisco Airport (SFO) provides convenient access to the city of San Francisco and coastal regions. It takes approximately one hour to fly from L.A. to San Francisco. MORE DETAILS

Oakland Airport provides convenient access to all 'East Bay' regions and inland. MORE DETAILS

San Jose Airport provides convenient access to all of the South Bay regions inland and coastal. MORE DETAILS

Another airport to consider would be Sacramento Airport located approximately 90 miles inland of San Francisco.

Traffic & Transportation

The 80 Freeway is also referred to as the Eastshore Freeway. It runs northeast from downtown San Francisco to Reno, Nevada and beyond. The 80 travels through Oakland, Berkeley, Vallejo, Vacaville, Sacramento, Auburn and Truckee. The Bay Bridge connects East Bay to San Francisco. A toll may be required. Traffic is brutal during weekday rush hours of 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm.

The 280 Freeway is also referred to as the Junipero Serra Freeway. It runs north and south from Mission Bay to Downtown San Jose. The 280 travels through Daly City, San Bruno and Cupertino. Traffic is bad during weekday rush hours of 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm.

The 580 Freeway is also referred to as the MacArthur Freeway. It runs southeast from San Quentin to Interstate 5 outside of Tracy. The 580 travels through Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, Dublin and Livermore. Crosses the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. A toll may be required. Traffic is bad during weekday rush hours of 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm.

The 880 Freeway is also referred to as the Nimitz Freeway. It runs north and south from Oakland to Downtown San Jose. The 880 travels through San Lorenzo, Union City, Fremont and Milpitas. Traffic is bad during weekday rush hours of 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm.

Interstate 680

The 680 Freeway runs north and south from Fairfield to Downtown San Jose. It travels through Martinez, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Fremont and Milpitas. Traffic is heavier during weekday rush hours of 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm.

Highway 1 is also referred to as the Pacific Coast Highway. It runs north and south along the entire California coast. Highway 1 travels through Bodega Bay, Tomales Bay, Sausalito, Golden Gate Park, Pacifica, Half Moon Bay to Santa Cruz and beyond, and crosses the Golden Gate Bridge. A toll may be required. Highway 1 is the slower alternative to Highway 101 for coastal travel. Traffic is slow due to scenery and traffic lights.

Highway 101 is also referred to as El Camino Real or The Kings Highway. It runs north and south along the entire California coast. Highway 101 travels through Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Novato, San Rafael, Sausalito, downtown San Francisco, Burlingame, Redwood City, Santa Clara, San Jose, Morgan Hill and beyond, and crosses the Golden Gate Bridge. A toll may be required. The 101 is the faster alternative to Highway 1 for coastal travel. Traffic slows through San Francisco due to side streets and traffic signals.

Highway 29 is also referred to as the St. Helena Highway. It runs north and south from Clear Lake to Vallejo. This is the main highway through Napa Valley Wine Country. Highway 29 travels through Lakeport, Kelseyville, Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville and Napa. Traffic is heavy with tourists on weekends.

Highway 12 is also referred to as the Sonoma Highway. It runs north and south through Sonoma Wine Country. Highway 12 travels through Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Kenwood, Glen Ellen and Sonoma. Traffic is heavy with tourists on weekends.

Public Transportation is superb in the Bay Area region with rail connections directly from major airports.

  • BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is a metro-train system that transports commuters to and from the East and West Bay regions.
  • Golden Gate Transit provides ferry and bus service throughout the entire Bay Area region.
  • MUNI Municiple Railway includes the famous cable car trolleys and other rail transportation throughout the region.
  • Caltrain provides quick transportation between San Francisco and San Jose.

See our resources page for links to Rental Car agencies, Amtrak Train and Greyhound Bus. Take head that San Francisco parking is extremely limited. It can be very difficult to find a parking spot without paying $20 or more.


San Francisco weather from Napa Valley to San Jose including the Sonoma Coast, Sausalito, Oakland, Fisherman's Wharf, Silicon Valley and more.

Winter Average lows in the 50's and highs in the 60's. Mostly rain and rare hail storms occur. Days can be misty throughout and fog is VERY common.

Spring Average lows in the 60's and highs in the upper 70's. Rain showers are still common but decreasing. A marine layer often burns off in the afternoon. Fog is common.

Summer average lows in the 70's and highs in the upper 80's. Marine layer burning off by the afternoon and/or fog is likely.

Fall average lows in the 60's and highs in the 70's. Thunderstorms can occur. Fall is good season to visit the coastal regions due to lessened chance of fog and harvest season at the wineries.

Ocean water temperature Ranges from the lower 40's in winter to the 60's in summer.

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Chinese New Year Parade takes place in Chinatown San Francisco. This cultural tradition began just after the Gold Rush era in the 1860's. Attractions include a world-famous Dragon Parade with floats, lion dancers, stilt walkers, bands, fireworks and a 201-foot Golden Dragon that requires over 100 men and women to operate. WEBSITE

Crab Festival

The San Francisco Crab Feed occurs at both Fisherman's Wharf and The Cannery at Del Monte Square. This tasty event features a Dungeness Crab dinner, silent auction and more. WEBSITE

Uncorked! Wine Festival is hosted at Ghirardelli Square and includes wine tasting, gourmet foods and entertainment. Hosted by the American Center for Wine, Food & Arts located in Napa Valley. WEBSITE

NASCAR photo courtesy of Sonoma Raceway

The Sonoma Raceway hosts Sprint Cup Series NASCAR racing on this historic road course. Watch the top names of NASCAR battle it out for the checkered flag. WEBSITE

The Sonoma Raceway hosts NHRA full throttle drag racing including motorcycles, funny cars and top fuel dragsters. WEBSITE

IndyCar photo courtesy of Sonoma Raceway

The Sonoma Raceway hosts IndyCar racing on an historic road course. Watch the top names of IndyCar battle it out for the checkered flag. WEBSITE

Wings Over Wine Country is held at the Sonoma County Airport. This small airshow features vintage warbirds, military flybys of modern aircraft and arial stunt flyers. WEBSITE

Ghirardelli Square

The Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival showcases chocolate treats from Ghirardelli as well as other Bay Area chocolatiers. If that isn't enough, be sure to watch the ice cream sundae-eating contest. WEBSITE

Italian Heritage Day Parade is the oldest event of its kind in the United States. Events take place on Columbus Day and feature a parade, floats, live music, food & wine and dancing. WEBSITE

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Fleet Week takes place in the bay near Pier 39 and honors America's service men and women fighting for our freedom. Festivities include an entire week of military air and sea shows, tallship parades, live music and much more. WEBSITE

The Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival is a two day event held on Main Street. Enjoy food & drink, concerts, entertainment and more to celebrate Fall and the pumpkin harvest. See circus performers, pirates and dress up in your best Halloween costume for the costume contest. Purchase the crafts of local artisans including jewelry, clothing, paintings, sculptures and more. WEBSITE

Napa Valley has a multitude of yearly events celebrating food, truffles, holidays, harvest, wine and more. Enjoy live music, fine cuisine, world-class wines, marathons and local crafts. WEBSITE

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