A woman walks down a trail in a grassy field at the Point Reyes Seashore.

Visiting the Point Reyes National Seashore

The Point Reyes area boasts acres of unspoiled forest and beach country. Get info on the park’s visitor centers, its historic lighthouse, as well as how to get there for those seeking a day trip from San Francisco.

Winery Chateau Julien's white European-style building with a turret.

The Best of Carmel Valley Wineries

Its tiny size necessarily limits the number of vineyards and wineries that can set up shop in the Carmel Valley. But this small, charming wine region makes for a perfect wine-tasting day trip from Carmel, Monterey, or even Big Sur.

The Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle.

Touring Fabulous Hearst Castle

Interested in visiting Heart Castle? Even the most jaded traveler can’t help but be amazed by the beauty and opulence that drips from every room in this remarkable house. Learn more about the history of the mansion and your five tour options, including the Evening Museum Tour and the Grand Rooms Museum Tour.

You’ll have no trouble finding a gay bar in the Castro.

San Francisco’s Gay and Lesbian Nightlife

San Francisco’s gay nightlife has earned a worldwide rep for both the quantity and quality of options. While the City’s queer bars and clubs cater more to gay men than to lesbians, there’s plenty of space available for partiers of all persuasions.

Anacapa Island at sunset.

Anacapa Island: A Stunning Day Trip

If you only have half a day to have your mind blown by the remote majesty of the Channel Islands, take a trip to Anacapa Island. Author Stuart Thornton shares information about how to get there and what to see.