Run away for the holiday weekend to one of these picturesque getaways, where relaxation is the order of the day. Just a short car or train ride away, these excursions are the perfect way to celebrate the dwindling days of summer.


3 hours 30 minutes

Surrounded by the majesty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, South Lake Tahoe is an alpine paradise. Whether enjoying the winter wonderland that awaits November through April or the picturesque spring and summer, this mountain oasis offers spectacular scenery and an average of 300 days of sunshine each year.


1 hour 30 minutes

The small-town charm of Healdsburg is just a short drive north of the Golden Gate Bridge. World-class shopping, farm-to-table dining, and the very best in art and music are just some of the draws to this trendy weekend destination. For wine enthusiasts, Healdsburg is also situated near three prime winegrowing regions.


2 hours 30 minutes

The breathtaking natural beauty of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is just minutes from Carmel, a short, southern trip down Highway One from San Francisco. Filled with beautiful inns and cottages, as well as great restaurants and fun boutiques, this historic village offers a relaxing weekend escape.


4 hours 30 minutes

Pismo Beach offers a perfect weekend getaway, whether exploring its incredible sand dunes, nearby wineries, or upscale resorts. Another family-friendly attraction is Dinosaur Caves Park, which sits on 11 acres and offers hiking trails, a children’s playground, and gorgeous Pacific Ocean views.


4 hours

Halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles lies the quaint town of San Luis Obispo. Although a college town, it remains relatively uncrowded, with a laidback yet lively vibe. Nicknamed “America’s Happiest City,” this ideal weekend retreat offers an abundance of vintage stores, fun boutiques, wine bars, and farm-to-table dining establishments.