Yosemite National Park
Distance from SF: 185 miles; 4-hour drive
It really doesn't get more beautiful than Yosemite. And, yes, there's plenty to do even if you're not an avid hiker or backpacker. The park is quite expansive, so you'll want to make sure you have at least three days to spend exploring... though if you can swing a week, it's completely worth it.
Must-Do: 1. Yosemite Falls, North America's highest waterfall. A short hike will provide you with views of the valley, Half Dome, and the falls. But keep going if you can because there’s nothing quite like being at the top of this massive waterfall. 2. Mariposa Grove, home to giant sequoia trees, which are the largest living things on earth. (Note: the grove is closed until 2017; if you're headed to Yosemite before then and still want to see sequoias, check out Tuolumne and Merced Groves near Crane Flat). 3. Take the "Green Dragon" Tour. This open-air tram tour lets you hit all of the highlights, and a park ranger makes sure you learn something along the way.
Stay: In a canvas tent or cabin in Half Dome Village (formerly Curry Village).
Eat: The Sunday Brunch at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (you probably know it as the "Ahwanhee") is legendary for a reason.