San Anselmo in Marin County is only twenty miles north of San Francisco. Thanks to its unique shops and boutiques along San Anselmo Avenue, it is known as the “Antiques Capital of Northern California.” This San Francisco suburb is quite a gem for tourists who stumble upon it.
Ideally situated for families who want to experience San Francisco, San Anselmo has many places to stay that offer genuine relaxation at rates you won’t find in the city. Many visitors choose to stay in San Anselmo and take daytrips to San Francisco, Pacifica, Napa and Felton. San Anselmo is a city of artists, young families and educated professionals who work in the city. You’ll find a family-friendly community that offers plenty of events throughout the year and beautiful, charming homes throughout their 1950s neighborhoods. The quiet, tranquil environment is a lovely contrast to the hustle and bustle of San Francisco.
Napa, the 100th largest Californian city, is only 41 miles southeast of San Anselmo. Nearly five million visitors come to Napa Valley each year to experience the wineries, wooded parks and majestic ambience of Northern California. In Napa, you’ll find vineyards featuring some of the best wines in the world, including Diamond Creek, Duckhorn Vineyards, Rutherford Hill Winery, Grace Family Vineyards and Sequioa Grove.
You can hike Westwood Hills Park in the morning; visit the Oxbow Public Market for lunch; sail through the skies on a sunset hot air-balloon ride; and catch a show at the historical opera house on Main Street.
Only 90 miles southeast of San Anselmo in Santa Cruz County in Felton, a perfect destination for families with active teens. Felton is filled with activities for older kids who can’t quite partake in the festivities of local wineries. Hiking, biking and horseback riding trails are found throughout the redwoods. There’s a fun Big Foot Discovery Museum, zip lining through the woods and a steam engine that supplies dinner during a scenic train ride up and down the valley.
About 29 miles directly south on the 101 from San Anselmo is the gorgeous, six-mile stretch of a city, Pacifica. Very close to the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, Pacifica has the advantages of city-life without the high prices and business development. You can enjoy hiking trails at Mori Point, long strolls on Linda Mar Beach and exotic plants from around the world in Shelldance Orchid Gardens. Pacifica is located between Half Moon Bay and San Francisco in San Mateo County. A city of surfers and fishers; this unique coastal city is an ideal daytrip destination for the entire family.
Whether you enjoy fishing, surfing, zip-lining, hiking, biking or sailing through the skies on a hot air-balloon ride, a vacation to the San Anselmo region includes it all! The breathtaking views of the bay, the woods and wine valley are enough to fill an entire photo album. Perfect for families, sweethearts and large groups of friends, San Anselmo’s surrounding areas have a wide range of activities and attractions to offer. Begin planning your trip to San Anselmo and San Anselmo day trips today.