If you happen to be in the area around mid May, I highly recommend checking this out. They are the best fireworks I’ve ever seen. Takes place on pier 38 or so. The fireworks are synchronized with music.http://www.kfog.com/kaboom/

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A city by the sea offering seafood, candy shops, and whale watching. Monterey is about 2 hours south of San Francisco. The aquarium is great and well known in the area.http://www.seemonterey.com

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Here you’ll find the tallest trees in the U.S. This forest will make you feel very, very small and humble, a wonderful place to visit. The woods can get chilly, so dress in layers. Also, parts of Return of the Jedi were filmed here.http://www.nps.gov/muwo/

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A cute Italian neighborhood with good food. I enjoy walking around, stopping to have coffee here and desert there. The area offers many good restaurants, cafes, bakeries and bars. Here you’ll find Coit Tower, one of San Francisco’s most recognizable landmarks. It’s a long walk from BART, or you can drive there, but parking can…

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Take a look at some wildlife and visit wine country in the same trip.http://www.safariwest.com/

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A quaint little city with beaches, an old fashioned boardwalk, dining, and art. Mix your own perfumes at the Perfumer’s Apprentice on Pacific Ave (fun and cheap!), and have decadently rich chocolate to drink at Chocolat. Mapperyhttp://www.santacruzca.org

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Gorgeous views and historic sites. Visit Baker beach and have a picnic. Park in the Presidio and walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.http://www.nps.gov/prsf/

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