Monday, November 25, 2013
Exploring San Francisco and the surrounding area by car can be a lot of fun, and there are plenty of places that are just waiting to be discovered. Before setting out on the open road, make sure that you have arranged full coverfor your car hire so that you are protected at all times. What follows is a selection of some of the best car journeys in San Francisco.
There are also plenty of other areas of natural beauty that can be reached easily from the heart of San Francisco. A long winding road leads the way to the top of Mount Sutro, and the views from here are simply stunning. Nature lovers can also drive on over to the pretty Lincoln Park Coastal Trail, while Vista Point offers some of the best views of San Francisco’s stunning bay area.
The enormous San Francisco Bay is the ideal area for visitors who have opted for car hire to explore independently. There are numerous islands just waiting to be discovered here including the world famous former prison island of Alcatraz, while winding roads also lead the way around San Francisco Bay to secluded bays as well as the commanding Bay Bridge, which is far older and longer than the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in the whole of North America and this impressive structure can be viewed from a number of different parts of San Francisco. One of the best ways to get a feel for the sheer scale of the Golden Gate Bridge is to drive over to the picturesque Golden Gate Park, which is situated on a stunning peninsula that stretches all the way from the Pacific Ocean to the gorgeous Haight's Panhandle. Visitors who have spent time driving through the city of San Francisco to reach Golden Gate Park will be able to stretch their legs a little by wandering through this large and lovely park and taking in sights such as large lakes and a picturesque Japanese tea garden.
After taking the time to fully admire the majesty of the Golden Gate Bridge, visitors can drive across the bridge to reach nearby Marin County. This area is particularly popular with people who like to take part in outdoor pursuits and this is a great place to go hiking and fishing.
Visitors who follow the road to Point Reyes National Seashore will be able to embark on an unforgettable whale watching trip before spending time soaking up the sun on the beach. Just a short drive from Point Reyes National Seashore is Mt Tamalpais, which offers spectacular panoramic views of the ocean as well as the beautiful bay.
The state of California is famous for its wine, and people who have picked up car hire will be able to embark on a scenic road trip to explore Wine Country. There are numerous vineyards to be found on the outskirts of San Francisco that are open to the public, including many of the vineyards in areas such as Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley and Calistoga.
Greg has travelled a lot of the United States by car and recommends the journey to all his readers. Get out there and discover something new in America!