Weekend Getaways From San Francisco

As much pride as we take in our gorgeous scenery, world-class restaurants and general awesomeness, sometimes you just gotta get outta Dodge--and we've got suggestions for weekend getaways from San Francisco . While SF's less-than-balmy summers provide plenty of motivation for a weekend getaway in the sun, these ideas--from camping in Yosemite to wine tasting in Napa--are perfect for a little escapism any time of year.

Updated: June 14, 2010

Weekend Getaways from San Francisco


Lake Berryessa

5520 Knoxville Rd, Napa, CA 94558

Get a group together for a weekend of water fun at this wine country lake popular with 20-somethings. Go budget-style with a campsite or stay in luxury on a houseboat, but don't forget the beer or the bikini--Berryessa is party central.


Solage Calistoga Resort Solbar

755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, CA 94515

If you like wine country, but sipping wine and soaking in mineral pools is more your speed than parties on houseboats, then this is the weekend getaway for you. The resort has an amazing spa, award-winning restaurant and easy access to Sonoma and Napa wineries.


Stinson Beach

Hwy 1, Stinson Beach, CA 94970

Hit up your favorite deli, pack your picnic basket and head North up the 1 to this beautiful, sleepy beach town--warm weather or not, it's a worthwhile day trip or weekend getaway from San Francisco.


Carmel Beach

Ocean Ave, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923

A few hours south of SF, this coastal beauty boasts dramatic ocean views perfect for a romantic tryst. Take advantage of the moderate weather by wandering around the quaint village shops or playing a round of golf. This is the epitome of R&R.


Emerald Bay State Park

Hwy 89, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Tahoe is the go-to locale for summer weekend getaways from San Francisco. Take a breather from the beach-party debauchery for a hike through this gorgeous state park.


Yosemite National Park

9039 Village Dr, Yosemite Natl Pk, CA 95389

Hikers and campers, this one's for you. Home of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and more than 1,200 square miles of valleys, meadows and ancient sequoia forests, this national park is a true gem worthy of the five-hour drive from San Francisco.