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Best towns and sights to see Near San Francisco

  1. By Kevin
  2. On May 10, 2017
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

There’s much more to see than just “The City”, let's enjoy the best towns and sights to see Near San Francisco. The towns and cities near San Francisco Bay abound with treasure troves of natural wonders, especially along the coast lines and mountain tops. Below we’ve cherry picked out a few of the very best things to do in towns near San Francisco. Our SF Bay Area city & town maps also identify specific local highlights and current weather conditions.

San Francisco Tours

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is a relaxing family-friendly getaway in Palm Springs, California. There is a 425-foot Lazy River, luxurious spa and four dining venues. For the active-minded traveler, the hotel offers state-of-the-art tennis courts and 27 holes of scenic desert golf. Choose from 444 Spanish Colonial-inspired style guest rooms and 22 suites with French doors leading out on the private patio or balcony.

Take advantage of Splashtopia, a new water feature encompassing almost two acres, including two 100 foot long water slides and a sandy beach. There are also water-play zones with fountains and sprinklers, a waterfall, mountains, a mountainside Jacuzzi and a large swimming pool. Rates start at $450 per night. More about Las Palmas Resort and Things to Do in Palm Springs.

Spanish Garden Inn in Santa Barbara

The Spanish Garden Inn is steps from the historic 1782 Presidio District of downtown Santa Barbara, close to fine dining, shopping, museums, art galleries and theaters. The inn features Spanish-Mediterranean inspired design, landscaped courtyards, fountains and gardens. Guests can work our in the fitness center and swim in the pool. You will receive complimentary continental breakfast and covered parking. All of the 23 guest rooms and suites have a gas fireplace, deep water soaking tubs, and either a private balcony or garden patio. The property is 90 miles up the coast from Los Angeles and 335 miles south of San Francisco. The hotel is easily accessible via car on coastal U.S. Highway 101, by train, or by commercial jet and private aircraft at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.

San Francisco Tours

Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel

This unique hotel is based in the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, a 115-foot historic lighthouse perched high on a cliff on the central California coast that has guided mariners for more than 140 years. The hostel offers home-away-from-home comforts for solo and group travelers with comfortable, affordable lodgings in four houses situated next to the lighthouse.

The hostel features fully equipped kitchens, cozy lounges, and modern amenities, including free Wi-Fi and free parking. Guests can enjoy hikes along the oceanfront boardwalk around the hostel and explore secluded cove beaches and tidal pools along the coast. Free docent-led walks are offered by State Park Rangers on weekends and the Lighthouse is a popular venue for whale watching. Guests can also explore the nearby ancient redwood forests of Butano State Park, the bird sanctuary of Pescadero Marsh, and the Ano Nuevo State Reserve.