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3 Days in California - San Francisco, Muir Woods and Napa Valley

3 Days in California - San Francisco, Muir Woods and Napa Valley

Having scoped out San Francisco on an earlier trip, the idea for this trip was to pack it all - San Francisco, Napa Valley and Muir Woods - into a compact, 3-day trip!

Day 1 – Start out in the morning with a walk along Pier 39, toss in a tour of Alcatraz (booked well in advance) and then nibble your way toward Fisherman's Wharf along the Embarcadero. Stop at Ghiradelli's (by way of Lombard Street) for gifts for the chocolate lovers in your life to finish out the day.

Day 2 – Cross the Golden Gate Bridge where you surprisingly go from city-to-nature without even blinking.  If you do this at night, watch out for coyote and deer in the road.  I recommend staying at the Mountain Home Inn just outside of Muir Woods and enjoy a sunrise breakfast on the deck to a backdrop of stunning sunrise views.  Spend the day walking among the redwoods.

Day 3 – Drive a couple hours to Napa Valley and tour a winery or two.  We chose Castello di Amorosa which is a beautiful replica castle complete with torture chamber.  Spend the night in Calistoga before heading back to SFO!

Taos, New Mexico

Taos, New Mexico

Bandelier to Valles Caldera - New Mexico

Bandelier to Valles Caldera - New Mexico