Subject: Re: day trips from San Francisco

Mark gave you the best choices. Muir Woods is so nice as is the ride down to see the seals. You may want to add Santa Cruz to that trip. A funky, hip, still very Californian surf / college town. If such things interest you there is a Computer Museum in San Jose area and nearby is Stanford in Palo Alto and the silicon valley area. The back roads are quite nice and traverse the Santa Cruz mountains which are filled with great views and dense redwood forests. Going north you can take in the wine country going up to Sonoma then north through the valley and over to Napa valley and back down. A nice daytrip for sure with unlimited food choices and winery choices.

A little further north is the Alexander Valley which is less developed and beautiful. If you head to Pt Reyes my advice would be to drive up the Coast Hwy 1 towards Bodega Bay instead of going out to the point itself. Especially if you plan to go down to Pidgeon Point and the area. Pt Reyes is a haul and you have to all the way back and forth on same road whereas the coast hwy will take you along great ride with views out to the point over Tomales bay. Plus you can stop for fresh Oysters ( hog island) along the way and visit other places.

Pt Reyes (the town) is nice too and has great shops and galleries and is not all the way out to the point. Don't get me wrong Pt. Reyes ( the point) is magnificant but its a haul. If you cruise up to Jenner you can head back to the 101 hwy via the Russian River, a nice old part of California coast. A nice big circle up from Stinson beach to Jenner on the coast and through R River to the hwy back to SF. A nice full day.

All this makes me want to go up for a weekend. Enjoy, David USA