While Los Altos possesses many fine attributes, one of the most beneficial aspects of living and visiting such a city is its close proximity to other desirable destinations. Among the many opportunities for Los Altos day trips, the great city of San Francisco, less than forty miles away, is the star of the show. Whether you prefer the Giants or the 49ers, Chinatown or Japantown, Alcatraz or Haight Ashbury, concerts or musicals, you will find yourself right at home. With attractions that will entertain a number or age groups and interests, San Francisco is a city rich with history, culture and fun. From the historic cable cars, twisty Lombard Street and grand Museum of Modern Art to the delicious Fisherman’s Wharf, the cultural Far East Flea Market and the sumptuous Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco thrills and delights, making it an ideal place to spend the day away from Los Altos. And with such a close proximity, you will find it easy to visit again and again.
Continuing north from San Francisco, you will find Sonoma, the short-lived California Republic capital and the birthplace of California winemaking. As in most wine towns, the boutiques are unique and the restaurants are gourmet. Consider visiting the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spas, which offers a full menu of spa treatments, as well as luxurious facilities and free wine tastings every afternoon. For wine connoisseurs, nearby San Francisco Solano Mission Vineyard offers tours of their vineyard, the oldest north of the bay.
Solano also offers the opportunity to visit the Jack London State Historical Park, which was the home of the famous author and his final resting place. The park features what is left of his Wolf House, plus a winery cottage and the house where he and his wife resided, the House of Happy Walls. The author died there in 1916. The town offers a variety of things to do, from picnics by the creek to meandering through town plaza, which illustrates Sonoma’s Mexican colonial past. It is a National Historic landmark and is great to visit all year long. From April to October, it is home to a great farmers’ market every Tuesday.
Also in Sonoma County is the quaint town of Healdsburg, which is the point where three different wine growing regions converge: Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley and Alexander Valley. Wine tasting is available around the town plaza, but adventurous visitors may want to visit the wineries on Dry Creek Road and Westside Road. With charm, elegance and a selection of zinfandels, pinot noirs, petite sirahs and sparking wines, you are sure to have fun in this picturesque location. From the many shopping and dining opportunities available in the plaza to the vineyards and wineries that dot the region, a Healdsburg day trip is worth the travel time. And if you decide to turn your Los Altos Day trip into Los Altos, California weekend getaways, the town has a slew of charming inns and bed and breakfasts.