Located just 40 minutes from Menlo Park, San Francisco is an ideal place to escape to for a day of shopping, dining, family fun, culture, sightseeing and pampering. San Francisco day trips from Menlo Park can start with a simple car ride to any of the city's diverse neighborhoods. If you want to make your day trip to San Francisco a little more memorable, consider signing up for a tour, doing a little camping, or exploring some of the city's unique shops and eateries. San Francisco day trips from Menlo Park can be as simple or involved as you like, which is the point of a day trip in the first place. Enjoy the best of both Menlo Park and San Francisco.
San Francisco Day Trips from Menlo Park - Menlo Park, California to San Francisco
Gourmet Berkeley Walk
Savor the best food you're likely to find in one place in San Francisco with a day trip to Berkeley. Start with the Gourmet Ghetto and stock up on local delicacies. Enjoy your treats with a stop in nearby Live Oak Park or climb to the top of Indian Rock for a panoramic view of the city. Wrap up the day with some shopping at the Solano Avenue shops. Looking for something special? Spend a little time at What the Traveller Saw for unique art, clothing, furniture, and jewelry selections. Exit east at University Avenue from the I-80 to make your way to this particular destination.
The Museum of the African Diaspora, presenting a dazzling display of African artwork, and the eclectic collections found at the SFMOMA Museum Store are just some of the reasons to make a day trip to San Francisco's Yerba Buena arts district. You'll also find plenty of dining choices mixed in with the art museums and shops found here. Located south of Market Street, parking is available at the Fifth and Mission Garage.
You'll need to make several day trips to San Francisco's historic Fisherman's Wharf to fully explore all there is to see, taste, and enjoy here. See some sights you're not likely to find anywhere else at the Ripley's Believe it or Not museum before heading over to the Cannery Shopping Center. If you make a day trip here on the Fourth of July, you'll be in the prime location for the city's spectacular fireworks display. Don't forget to sample the Dungeness crab and other seafood delights found here.
Angel Island Escape
This is a day trip for those with a love of the great outdoors. You'll find plenty of adventure and some amazing views to add to your experience. Angel Island is just a mile from the shore, located near San Francisco's historic Pier 41. Eleven campsites are spread throughout the island, giving you a place to enjoy a casual picnic before doing a little exploring, walking or hiking. Get away from the city without being too far away from it. It's sure a lot nicer to see all five of the city's bridges rather than being stuck in traffic on one of them. Rates at campsites start at $20.
You haven't experienced San Francisco until you've seen the city by candlelight. Tours run monthly through February. The tour takes you to Fort Point, the only brick fortress located on the West Coast. While the fort is impressively illuminated at night, the inside of the 143-year-old structure is just as impressive. In keeping with the spirit of the tour, you are guided through the corridors with only the light of a candle to guide you. Cap off the tour by making your way to the roof where you're treated to a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The tour is free, but reservations are required.