Calistoga, located at the north end of California’s beautiful and famous Napa Valley amidst hot springs and world class wineries, is always a popular destination …
Anyone cruising north into San Francisco on the blighted 101 freeway will notice a wind-swept, semi-wooded hill pressed against the bay, shadowing Monster Park Stadium, looking desolate, wild, and unexplored. This is Bayview Hill in the too often-overlooked southeastern quadrant of San Francisco. Some of its best features are the panoramic views of the city, sweeping from Twin Peaks to downtown to the Bay Bridge, Mount Tamalpais, Mount Diablo, San Bruno Mountain, and the glistening expanse of the bay.
To experience a hint of what San Francisco was like before it became a vibrant city-golden, rolling hills covered in wild grasses, raptors soaring above-venture to the rarely-trodden southeast corner where you’ll discover McLaren Park, find splendid views and encounter wildlife in the middle of a city. John McLaren Park’s 317 acres make it the second largest park in San Francisco after Golden Gate Park, and it is much more diverse.
Fort Bragg, located in coastal Mendocino County along Highway 1, is a quaint, small town with a good old fashioned Main Street. The town also boasts a train depot, mild year round weather and easy access to the beach. Once a military fort that was founded prior to the American Civil war, today it offers visitors plenty to do and most things without the aid of an automobile. Park the car, and enjoy a day exploring town, a ride on the Skunk Train and great local food and wines.
Situated in the tri-valley area just a forty-five minute drive from San Francisco, Livermore is worth visiting whether you’re stopping over en route to surrounding wineries, or are just looking to soak up some small town simplicity.
Thanks to a multi-million dollar streetscape project in 2006, the four lane highway that ran through Livermore’s downtown area has since been rerouted and replaced with a (much quieter) tree-lined main street. As a result, the city’s main shopping district is today a laid-back, pedestrian-focused place in which to walk, eat, drink and shop.