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6 places for a day trip from San Francisco, California.

6 places for a day trip from San Francisco, California.

San Francisco is the fourth largest city in California and one of the most beautiful and sophisticated in the world. Famous for its amazing weather and stunning landscapes, the city also has a rich variety of culture, theatres, concerts and musicals for every taste. During your time in San Francisco, you should try to enjoy free time after class to visit interesting areas surrounding the city. We have put together a list of 6 ideal places for a day trip from San Francisco.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a large freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, found on the border of the states of California and Nevada. It is home to many great winter sports and is a great summer outdoor vacation area. The scenery is spectacular and whether it is skiing in the winter or trekking in summer, you definitely should try to visit.

Yosemite Park

Yosemite is located in the western Sierra Nevada of central California. The park attracts more than 4 million visitors every year and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While walking through Yosemite you will see breathtaking granite peaks, and the park has lots of ancient trees and is also famous for its high concentration of waterfalls. If you love to walk surrounded by beautiful nature, this is a must-do for a day trip from San Francisco.

Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley, just 1-hour from San Francisco is famous for being home to the largest high-tech companies in the world, such as Apple, Google, HP and Facebook, and for having one of the best universities in the world: Stanford University. It’s worth remembering that the companies don’t do guided tours, but you can visit the technology museums which are great fun.


Sacramento is the capital of California and is about 90-minutes away, making it another cool destination for your day trip from San Francisco. Visit some museums or to learn more about California history.

Santa Cruz

This city is located about 2-hours from San Francisco and is famous for its surfing and skating culture. It’s one of the best destinations in the United States for these sports and for the big championships. You can also visit the surf museum and find lots of companies that produce and sell surfboards, skates and clothes.

17 Mile Drive

17-Mile Drive is an amazing scenic road running from Pebble Beach to the Monterey Peninsula in California, much of which runs right next to the Pacific coastline and passes famous golf courses and huge mansions and interesting places to visit like Bird Rock or the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees.

The drive serves as the main road through the gated community of Pebble Beach. Inside this community, non-residents who want to drive through have to pay a toll fee to use the road.

If you’d like to visit some or all of these amazing places when you learn English in San Francisco, Stafford House San Francisco is the school to choose. This modern school is located in the Financial District, only a short walk from the famous San Francisco Bay and Fisherman’s Wharf.

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