San Francisco, California is the home of the famous Golden Gate Bridge, fabulous places, and even beautiful camping sites where only a camping tent and sleeping bag is needed to relax and enjoy for days! San Francisco is located in North-end of California. San Francisco is the fourth most populated city in California and is the commercial, cultural, and financial center of Northern California. Aside from the bustle and hassle of the city life in San Francisco, many people tend to camp in some parts of the city to enjoy and relax with Mother Nature. In this article, we shall tackle on where we can camp on the city, whether camping with a car or without a car; you can go to these list of camping sites. Who says that you can’t camp in San Francisco?
I can only enumerate four to start with, Let’s begin!
1. Samuel P. Taylor State Park (Taylor Camp), Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Lagunitas
Small or large group, this camping park offers picnic areas and camping grounds for campers. There are trails to shady woods and some slopes of Mount Barnabe to enjoy and reconnect with Mother Nature. The trail towards the site is completely paved and trails are quite accessible. If you have a car, it’s easy to drive right through the site; also it has no scary long roads towards the camp because the said site is close to the main road, not like in those horror movies that people are being killed. It’s totally safe here! There are some points that raccoons will disturb your night and other animals but nothing really too spooky to think about, just properly dispose your garbage and store your stuff. If you don’t want to sleep outside with tents, they also have great cabins to check in. it’s modern in style and it also has heating inside, classy. There are also kitchens available here if you want to start grilling that ribs and all. Dogs are also allowed in the area, there is a trail where it’s dog friendly. The park has a relaxing river also that completes the environment of a relaxing park. Majestic and a home away from home, start camping here now!
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2. Point Reyes National Seashore (Coast Camp), bear Valley Rd
The coast camp is one of the camps that offer food locker as one of their services to keep the raccoons out of disturbing you. There are also picnic tables and a grill if you wish to do those burgers to perfect your vacation. There are also decent bathrooms available in the site and drinking water is also provided. This is the most popular camping site for families since it accessible through the trailheads or even the beach. There are two group sites and 12 individual sites available for campers on this site. You can either hike or bike towards this camp, for hike-in, it’s just 11.8 miles from the Laguna trailhead and for bike-in, 2.7 miles from Coast Trailhead across from the Point Reyes Hostel. Vast grasslands, picturesque hillsides and forest, cool sandy beach, this park is quite diversified. This park with all its secrets and awesome places needs to be explored more. Some downside towards this camp, you can’t bring dogs or pets and showers are not available, but don’t let this get into you. It is preferred to camp outside with tents to see the amazing sky full of stars. Experience the camp, now!
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3. Candlestick RV Park, Gilman Ave
Got an RV? Candlestick RV Park is the camp for you. This camp is made for RVs but you can camp outside with tents also, there are also rooms that are quite limited. They provide clean comfort rooms and showers. For the location, it’s very convenient; you can rent a cab, ride a transit connection, or a bus to Chinatown. This camp also provides a Wi-Fi connection and you can charge everything you need to charge for a certain amount and some are even free. They also have TV rooms with table tennis and even printers. They also have a mini store that sells basic necessities like food, toiletries, and the likes. Security guards also take shifts or post at the gate at night to secure the guests. It’s pretty expensive here due to the services they offer. There is no other RV park in San Francisco like this. Try their RV now!
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4. Juniper Campground- Mount Diablo State Park
There are three major tent campgrounds for Mount Diablo State Park, one of which is the juniper campground that provides good scenery of the place and clean camping ground for campers on their stay. This area is easy to access and the size of the site is
quite large and very peaceful so it caters to many campers. The amenities are all well in placed. There is also the problem of lack of shade since at the beginning of the camp site there are fewer trees but further more to the trail, there are more trees. Also, be ready with this place, it’s a dry campground. You can make bon fires here but just be careful, make sure that all of the fire is out. The place is quite prone to fire. For a hiker, this place is a great site to go to. From this site a hiker can go to Mount Diablo easily. This site also provides spectacular imagery when you sit on the nearby cliff they have and can be relaxing at the same time while drinking a beer or having a picnic with the family.
Try the juniper Campground!
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Tiburon is a town In Northern San Francisco located in Marin County. According to Baycityguide.com, “Tiburon is one of the jewels of Marin County.” This town was originally named, “Punta de Tiburón,” this Spanish word translated into English means “Shark Point.’ The name is quite ironic since there are no sharks in the San Francisco Bay area.
You can travel by land or by water to this scenic jewel. Tiburon can be reached by car taking Tiburon Boulevard or Highway131 and By Highway 101. For water, there are ferries from the main of San Francisco or you may have a choice to take another ferry that connects the town of Sausalito to the said town. If you’re looking for fun in California, Tiburon is a choice to visit. With a family or without a family, you can enjoy Tiburon in many ways with its natural beauty and rich history.
According to San Francisco Travel, each of the place is accessible by foot or you can just rent a bike (which will be discussed below) to get you walking and paddling about the town. Here are some places to relax and ease up at Tiburon that will convince you to stay longer and enjoy what this town can offer.
- Tiburon Railroad and Ferry Depot Museum, Paradise Drive
How cool is it that this town has a building that tells a thing or two about their past? To be acquainted with Tiburon, this museum is a must-see. This building id dedicated to telling a story of how Tiburon cam to be. What seems to be an ordinary two-story building, is not that plain inside. Inside, the first floor contains the model of the said town in the early days of 1900s with it are actual trains, ports, and steam boats. Since the place was previously route of trains. For the second floor, it is where the Depot House Museum is located it is also where the Railway Manager and its family lived. Some stuff are donated by the locals at the town to add more history and enrich the culture of the said and educating visitors one look at a time. The guides at this museum are very friendly and are willing to answer your questions.
Additional, there are souvenirs to buy from and they also sell some books about the origin and history of Tiburon. It’s open during Wednesdays through out Sundays starting at 1 o’ clock in the afternoon to 4’ o clock in the afternoon. Another bonus package to the museum is that it’s a site to get picturesque views of Angel Island that is near to the said town, The Great City of San Francisco, and of course, the Mighty Golden Gate Bridge. You don not only get to enjoy the tour, the scenery, but also be relaxed at the end of the day and wrapped with the history of Tiburon.
- Sam’s Anchor Café, Main St.
Under the heat of the sun, get quenched and filled up with delicious food and amazing docking views at Sam’s Anchor Café. This place can be a family restaurant, can be a dating place, and can be just for the single soul out there who just wants to relax. Sam’s offer great food at a fair price but rest assured it is c’est magnifique (really magnificent)! This café is a favorite to locals and even some tourist; it is well-known for its seafood and American cuisine that captures Tiburon.
They also have a full bar around and they also offer outdoor sitting to enjoy the view of the dock and get the cool breeze whilst enjoying your drink or your meal. They serve starting brunch only until the evening, Opening from 11 o’ clock in the morning to 12 o’clock midnight. This café also has a nightlife entertainment and of course, Wi-Fi for those who just have to post at Facebook enjoying their time at Sam’s. The people here offer good service that makes guests more comfortable and makes the atmosphere more positive in vibe.
Their seafood menus and wine listing is a must try when you decide to visit this lovely café. Don’t forget to stop by. Sam’s calling!
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- Corner Books, Boardwalk Shopping Center
Corner Books is a volunteer-run bookshop that was opened last 2010 of May. On every book you buy, proceeds will go to the port, library, and post of Tiburon. Full up and get the time to look at some of the books here, maybe you’ll get your next Stephen King novel for a good price plus you get to donate and contribute to the town. They sell, as they quote, “gently used” books, CDs, DVDs which are from community members so they can give back to the town as well. This is one fine project done. The service is also good which people don’t get paid here because all of the staff are town folks as well. It is located near the Landmarks Society and the Purple Monkey if ever you get a little lost. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday during 10 o’clock in the morning until 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Grab a book and help the town now!
- Nasimiyu Designs, Ark Row Shopping Center, Main St.
Ark Row Shopping Center is filled with places you can shop with but you have to just stop at Nasimiyu Designs and get the best handicrafts that are made by Nasimiyu herself. According to their blog site, “Nasimiyu’s Jewelry reminds us of our ancestral spirits and connects us to out universal nature. In remembering and honoring our cultural traditions the jewelry and beads convey that we are never alone.” Each of the craft is made originally inspired. The beads that are most used are coming from Africa having that native and powerful vibe. Some celebrities also love these designs and arts and wear them, like the wife of Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa Springsteen and Christy Turlington- a supermodel. Try and purchase this beautiful art.
- Demo Sport, Ark Row Shopping Center, Main St.
Another edition to the Ark Row Shopping Center is the Demo Sport where you can rent a bike or skates and use it around the town to go to different places faster. Actually there bike rentals are only on Fridays and Sundays because they are closed for the other days. Don’t hesitate to come here and rent now to enjoy Tiburon!
For the tourist foodie reading right now, Napa is a gorgeous city to visit. This is one of the places in California located in the north of San Pablo Bay. If you’re from Sacramento, it’s an hour south while if you’re coming from San Francisco it’s an hour north. Back to the food, Napa should be on every foodie’s bucket list since they have diverse foods available for everyone to try, not only that, they also have rad activities for both the tourist and the locals. Here are my top picks on which restaurants to visit if you ever (you must!) visit Napa.
- Redd, Washington St., Yountville
This fusion restaurant was named after Chef Richard Reddington who first ventures into the lovely fusion food concept. Opened last 2005, the said place offers wine-country cuisines that are up to date with the fusion of Asian, Mexican, and European style. Some of his famous dishes are glazed pork belly with apple puree, Hamachi sashimi on sticky rice, and burdock and soy caramel that are favorites of many customers. Not to mention the place gives out a relaxing yet quite elegant atmosphere. Try their fusion menus now!
- Oenotri, 1st
Oenotri has its own garden which they use to cook their dishes. The owners are Chef Tyler Rodde and Curtis Di Fede both natives of the Bay Area thus making their menus a deep-rooted one. Opened last 2010, the restaurant progressed more and by their tag line, “We Make Everything,” they sure can make good pizzas to handmade fresh and dry pasta. It’s definitely a place to visit to try southern-Italian cuisines. There is an overload of goodness when we talk about their Salumi, breads, Cocktails, Brunch, Desserts and wine. A must try restaurant!
- The French Laundry, Washington St., Yountville
Now that’s two points for Yountville! Actually Yountville is where the most restaurants are located, but let’s just focus on the few: The French Laundry is not a laundry shop for your clothes but rather a unique restaurant at Napa that is on the A-list. People make tons of reservation at this place and make a fuss about it; their reservations are hard-to-get-into. This restaurant has been in the business since 1974 but only until Chef Thomas Keller made it one of the America’s best restaurant and a home to foodies around the world. The food is mainly French in style with contemporary influence of Americans making it desirable. Why would many get in line? Here’s the deal, the restaurant has only nine-course testing menus with 60-seasing capacity at their restaurant and the price rages about 260-280 USD making it very intriguing. The two story building of the restaurant is made out of stone surrounded by garden plants with seasonal herbs, vintage roses, and perennials that catches the classic French houses we don’t usually see today, especially in California. No doubt that the food ought to be good plus the atmosphere brings a bonus to the package. Get the most out of the French Laundry, today!
- Terra, Railroad Ave, St. Helena
Owned by a married couple, Namely Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani, Terra is a must try restaurant here in Napa. This restaurant and bar has been rated 5 stars and is one of the leading establishments in Napa for its food, wine, and atmosphere is quite the catch for locals and tourist. This is another restaurant that would give you the French country experience. Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani also raise the vegetables, fruits, and even the meats used for the food they are serving in the restaurant and even process their own cheese if possible that makes the customers coming back for more. The restaurant serves 4 to 6 courses that surely will satisfy people. Don’t be shocked if you get confused of the bar or the restaurant are located in one area, there are to separate areas for the said casual bar called the Bar Terra that serves mixes that are lighter fare and inspired ones, while the other side of the restaurant, is named only Terra. Stop by at Terra and try their specialties!
- Gott’s Roadside, Main St., St Helena
Joel and Duncan Gott are the owners of this simple diner in Napa; they are actually brothers from the same mothers with a goal providing customers with true local favorites at a budget. Their burgers and fries are scrumptious and not the diner you go to just to get full. They also have a variety of burgers like tuna burger, Bacon Blue Ring, and many more. Their dishes are not limited to fries only, but they also serve tacos, sandwiches, milk shakes, ice creams, and beers all at reasonable prices that are equivalent to the satisfaction the food will give you. They have really maintained their tagline, “At Gott’s Roadside, every detail matters and nothing is ever ordinary.” The diner sets up picnic tables for customers to spend their meal outside with good company and good weather if permitted. Most people give thumbs up after eating at this diner! Try it now!
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