This section of the California Visitors Network
focuses on the San Francisco Bay Area of California. On the surface San Francisco has all the cliche tourist icons that we know: the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Chinatown, to name but a few. But keep in mind that San Francisco itself is fairly small geographically, covering roughly 50 square miles.
Across the Golden Gate North is the North Bay, starting with Marin County. You can hop on a ferry at Pier 40 to visit the artisan cove, Sausalito, for the day (it is also accessible by car). Further north along the coast are Stinson Beach and Point Reyes - both beautiful and romantic whether you travel up Highway 1 or through the forest via Sir Francis Drake Road off Highway 101. There are also other fun, romantic and charming towns in the South Marin area such as Tiburon, Mill Valley and San Anselmo.
To the Northeast is Napa Valley and to the North is Sonoma Valley, both part of Northern California's famed wine country. Many of your favorite vineyards are located along these highways and backroads. Napa Valley is the more famous of the two, but both offer opportunities to visit small, rustic, family-owned vineyards and larger, more commercial wineries. Calistoga is famous for the spa treatments, mudbaths, massages and body wraps.