As we enter the thick of springtime, having San Francisco as a home base for Bay Area day trips only gets better as the air grows warmer and the wildflowers continue to blossom. While there are endless sights to see within driving distance of the city, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite spring destinations to visit below.
San Bruno Mountain
This year’s wildflower blooms have just peaked, so catch a day trip to San Bruno Mountain before you miss them. Only half an hour away from The Harrison, this parkland is home to blooms from the famed California poppy to the beloved Douglas iris. Keep your eyes peeled for lupine, fiddleneck, Indian paintbrush and yellow rocket among many others. Offering rugged terrain that’s not too far from home, this day trip is low-prep and low-stress.
Point Reyes National Seashore
Famed for its wildlife sightings of Northern Elephant Seals and the Tule Elks, Point Reyes National Seashore is a host to multiple enclaves worth exploring. Over 90 species of wildflowers have been sighted at the Chimney Rock Headland, and the neighboring Point Reyes Lighthouse is also a charming photo-op stop. Don’t forget to swing by Limantour Beach to view sprawling purple-hued Douglas irises.
Half Moon Bay
An hour drive from the city is Half Moon Bay — a sandy beach town that you’ve likely heard praises about. Here is the place to ring in summer early with a bit of sunbathing, surfing and picnicking. And if you’re still chasing spring blooms, there’s been a surge of yellow mustard blooms along the PCH just south of Half Moon Bay.
Mount Diablo State Park
All Bay Area residents ought to make the trip to Mount Diablo at any time of year, but especially during our temperate spring season. Hike among pockets of poppies, silver lupine, Pacific pea and periwinkles.
When you’re all tuckered out from the more high-energy adventures, two hours away from SF is Calistoga — famed for its hot springs and mineral pools. In the heart of Wine Country, enjoy mud baths, massages and healing waters in your time away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. For those seeking to refresh and rejuvenate, this is your go-to day trip.