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San Rafael: Day Trips to Napa Valley and the Beach

Most people who live in the San Rafael area take advantage of day trips to many exciting cities nearby. With San Francisco and Oakland just 34 minutes away, the cities surrounding San Rafael are some of the top destinations in California for visitors from around the world. Most of the cities near San Rafael are very well-known for their sights, accomplishments and place in tech history. It's easy to enjoy great activities from visiting Chinatown in San Francisco to spending a day taking in the beauty of open space recreation areas.

Northern California has its share of world-class cities and is known for being an area to go for a vacation to enjoy relaxing activities or heart-pounding excitement. The Bay Area is home to a variety of activities that are appealing to those looking for an active vacation or a romantic getaway, which for some may be watching a storm pound the cold western coast.

Sit Back and Relax

A day trip to Napa just might be what you need to unwind, relax and savor some of the best wines in the world. Napa is known for its breathtaking landscapes, beautiful scenery and excellent wineries. Here, you can really sit back and relax. For many, looking for a great day trip from San Rafael, Napa Valley is top on the list of places to visit.

Another great place for a relaxing getaway in Marin County is the city of Fairfax, which is just northwest of San Rafael. There are many nice cafes, restaurants, and shops to explore in Fairfax.

Visit the Beach

There are plenty of beaches in the area but one of the best would have to be Ocean Beach. This is exactly the one place that will really take your breath away. Ocean Beach is most likely unlike any beach you may have visited before. It is very popular with the local residents, even though the water is not usually very warm here. The beach is adjacent to the Golden Gate Park, and it is not far from the city zoo in San Francisco. The zoo is also an excellent spot to check out if you have children or just simply enjoy the kind of fun atmosphere of a zoo.

Visitors who are looking to enjoy a day trip away from San Rafael will have a wide choice of places to visit because Northern California has both relaxing spots or exciting activities. From cold and windy San Francisco to sunny Napa, this area is one that people come by the thousands to visit every year. You’ll find plenty to do in the areas around San Rafael--even if you’ve lived here for many years.

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