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San Francisco Cool Cities

Cool Cities Overview

San Francisco

San Francisco has a variety of small towns and cool cities. Hop aboard a wine tour in Napa to sample local wines. Catch an auto race at the Sonoma Raceway. Take off and land on the water in a seaplane tour of San Francisco Bay. Enjoy a meal on the water in the relaxing town of Tiburon. Drive through the redwoods along the Bohemian Highway with a stop in Occidental for an authentic Italian meal. From the vineyards of wine country to relaxing harbors on San Francisco Bay, you'll find all of the cool towns in San Francisco listed on this page.

San Francisco Cool Cities

Napa Grape Crusher Statue

Napa is located north of San Francisco off Interstate 80. The Napa Valley is the heart of California wine country and produces some of the best wines in the world. Its rolling hillsides and cool ocean breezes make it ideal for viticulture and tourists alike. Dozens of wineries welcome visitors for wine tasting all along the St. Helena Highway. The Napa Valley includes the small towns of Yountville, Rutherford, St. Helena and Calistoga. Many of Napa's most impressive wineries are located between Yountville and Calistoga. The upscale community of Yountville is mecca for Michelin-rated restaurants and five-star resorts. Wind down and relax at local spa. Soar over corduroy vineyards in a hot air balloon. Safely hop from one winery to another on a wine tasting tour. Find hotels, restaurants, the Napa River Walk and the Napa Valley Opera House at the Napa Mill in Downtown Napa. Visit Old Faithful Geyser in Calistoga that erupts every 20-30 minutes. Also in Calistoga is the Petrified Forest of 3-million year old redwoods that are so old they've turned into rock. Take flight with Crazy Creek Air Adventures in a glider plane or classic bi-plane over wineries, mountains and lakes. The nearby Lake Hennessey and Lake Berryessa offer fishing, boating, houseboating, water sports, camping, picnicking and more. Practice your game at one of dozens of local golf courses. Several local State Parks offer camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and picnicking. Ride a bike past vineyards and wineries along the less traveled Silverado Trail that parallels Highway 29. Visit the Robert Louis Stevenson Silverado Museum in St. Helena to see artifacts related to the world-renowned author.

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Sonoma is located north of San Francisco off Highway 101. Sonoma is renowned for its wineries, Inns, spas, shopping and dining. Its rolling hillsides and ocean breezes make it ideal for viticulture and tourists alike. Hundreds of wineries welcome visitors for wine tasting. Catch professional auto racing at the Sonoma Raceway, formerly known as Sears Point. View modern and contemporary art at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Practice your short game at the executive 9-hole Los Arroyos Golf Course. Explore Jack London State Historic Park on horseback. Go on an African adventure at Safari West wildlife preserve.

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Sausalito, California

Sausalito is located north of the Golden Gate Bridge off Highways 1 & 101. Access Sausalito by going over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco or by Blue & Gold Fleet ferry boat from Pier 41 in San Francisco. This upscale harbor town offers great shopping, restaurants, sightseeing and activities. Visitors enjoy dining, walking, kayaking, fishing and boating. Several charters are available in Sausalito Harbor for sailing, yachting, fishing and sightseeing. Board a seaplane for an aerial view of San Francisco Bay attractions. Catch a ferry over to Angel Island, which was once an immigration processing point for immigrants arriving from Asia. Window shop the unique stores and galleries in this predominantly artist community. The Bay Area Discovery Museum promotes imagination and creative thinking in children. Board a whale watching boat for a trip out to see and a glimpse of these gentle giants.

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Tiburon is located north of the Golden Gate Bridge off Highways 1 & 101. Access Tiburon by going over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco or by Blue & Gold Fleet ferry boat from Pier 41 in San Francisco. Situated on a peninsula to the northeast of Sausalito, Tiburon offers an intimate relaxed pace with only a handful of hotels, restaurants and shops. Hiking and mountain biking are two of the more popular activities with trails traversing the lush hillsides offering expansive views in all directions. Catch a ferry over to Angel Island, which was once an immigration processing point for immigrants arriving from Asia. Learn about Tiburon's interesting connection with trains at the Tiburon Railroad & Ferry Depot Museum. Enjoy dining seaside while watching experienced sailors master the winds of San Francisco Bay.

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