This Summer’s Best Road Trips in the Bay Area for Sightseers, Foodies, and Disney-lovers

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This summer it’s time to get the car tuned up and consider getting out on the road. Whether you’re going south, east or north, we’ve got some exciting picks for family adventure, outdoor escape or the perfect romantic getaway.

Mendecino County North

Romantic Road trip to Mendocino from the Bay Area via Highway 101.

From wineries, chocolate tours and panoramic Pacific coast views, this is the ultimate trip for two.

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Disney LandSouth

Pack up the kids for the Ultimate Southern California Road trip.

From giant artichokes to giant dogs named Goofy. This will be the best road trip ever!

For the full itinerary, click here.




Ultimate Yosemite Road trip from the Bay Area via Highway 120.

Head west, young man? Better yet, head east for these California treasures.

For the full itinerary, click here.

This article originally appeared in Marin Magazine’s print edition under the headline: “Hit the Road.” 

Jeane Cooper

Travel and features writer Jeanne Cooper fell in love with Marin and the Bay Area as a graduate student at Stanford University. After 20 years as an editor and writer for the Washington Post, Boston Globe and San Francisco Chronicle, she began a freelance career that has taken her from the Austral Islands to Zimbabwe, with many visits to Hawaii in between. Her stories have appeared in numerous national and regional magazines, including Hemispheres, Sunset, San Francisco and Nob Hill Gazette, as well as Marin and Local Getaways. The author of several Frommer’s guidebooks, she now lives on the Big Island, where she’s active in animal rescue. She still enjoys exploring Northern California with her husband and friends.