35 miles from SF
This day trip is ideal as a coastline showcase for your out-of-town guests, and it's just an hour or so from the city. Travel north along Highway 1 to the Point Reyes National Seashore, which contains 71,000 acres of coastal nature preserve, which offers an 145-year-old lighthouse at Point, old forests, and jaw-dropping views. Once you’re done gawking, cruise along Tomales Bay, and pop into one of the many roadside oyster shacks, where you can suck down bivalves plucked directly from the bay. The area is also popular with motorcyclists, who can zip through twisty roads overhung with redwood trees... so if you've been looking for an excuse to get your license, here you go.