Sick of spending your days with your eyes glued to your phone on Muni or cursing bumper-to-bumper traffic along your commute? The Bay Area is lucky enough to be surrounded by all sorts of places, warranting a weekend getaway.
Missing out on a visit to one of these scenic gems while you have access to them can result in prolonged big-city blues and a case of missed opportunity. We compiled a list of some prime locations for a weekend getaway to consider, most around a three-hour drive (sans-traffic) from San Francisco.
From the tree-hugger to the sommelier-in-training to the beach bum, this list has something for everyone. Spend a day hopping from vineyard to vineyard in Sonoma Wine Country or fly kites on Doran Beach with the family. Stroll through the historic downtown of Guerneville or camp amongst behemoths in the Avenue of the Giants.
With this much access to natural wonders and beyond, a break from the city doesn’t seem so far off after all. Check out the top attractions we’ve highlighted for each location for additional weekender inspiration. With this list in mind, you’ll be packing your car and setting off in no time.