• Local's Guides
  • The 10 Best Weekend Trips from the San Francisco Bay Area: A Local’s Guide

    Sunset setting over Glass Beach in Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg and nearby Mendocino are two of the best weekend trips near the San Francisco Bay Area.

    If you live in the Bay Area, very weekend is a chance to explore one of California’s many iconic destinations. Within a few hours drive from San Francisco at any time of the year I can find beach, forest, mountains, snow, desert… whatever I feel like! If you leave Friday night and come back Sunday night, your weekend will feel like a vacation. It’s my favorite way to satiate my wanderlust between big trips.

  • Hiking
  • The 8 Best Hikes Near San Francisco

    The best hikes near San Francisco

    I haven’t always been a hiker. In fact, when I moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area, a 5 mile hike sounded like a huge challenge. Anything over 5 miles required a day-pack filled with water, snacks, first aid, emergency supplies, an emailed itinerary to friends and family … you know, preparation.But now that I can safely call myself a (very slow) intermediate hiker, anything under 5 miles feels like a walk in the park (literally – ever tried walking through Golden Gate Park??). So after a few years of experiential research (there were spreadsheets) I’ve put together a list of my favorite intermediate level San Francisco Bay Area hikes! I bet you haven’t heard of some of these!