Exploring the region by land, sea and sky
With its movie star looks and iconic sights, San Francisco is one of the world’s most popular cities. But turn away from the bright lights and there’s another altogether wilder side to the region. From the dusty trails of Marin County to the lakes and vineyards of Napa valley, this corner of North California is what the ‘Great’ outdoors is all about. So, whether you’re looking to escape the city or have based yourself in a Bay area beauty spot such as Sausalito, here are some alternative ways to explore this fascinating region.
Few places in the world can match the region for geographic diversity. To one side there’s the Bay itself with its beaches and backwaters, surfers and seals. Head inland and you’ll find acres of mountains and forests, dotted with miles of enticing hiking and biking trails. And if you ever tire of the outdoors, there’s always San Francisco itself with some of the world’s best culture and cuisine – not to mention must-see sights like Alcatraz.