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Half Moon Bay to San Francisco is a Quick Jaunt

December 9th, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

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Downtown San Francisco / Photo by Adam via Flickr

If you’re staying here at the Mill Rose Inn to experience some of that sweet California coast life we highly recommend that you make the quick trip from Half Moon Bay to San Francisco for a day of exploring this historic and beautiful city. This is among the favorite day trips that our guests take in the Bay Area and is sure to be a great cultural experience for any of our guests. If you’re coming to the city for business you may even consider staying down the coast a little ways with us to get some time away from the busy city after a long day of work.

The Drive

Just 25 miles away, this 40 minute drive from Half Moon Bay to San Francisco is one of the most beautiful coastal rides in the whole Unites States. You can follow the famed coastal highway, Route 1, all the way to Ocean Beach, or hop on I-280 for easy access to downtown San Francisco. This winding road along the coast cliffs is breathtaking, and will bring you meandering past famous spots like Pillar Point Harbor and Rockaway Beach. As you approach the city and drive through more urban areas like Daily City you will find them just as pleasing to the eyes. The city’s rolling hills dotted with colorful family homes will strike you as almost European. The city itself will give you a thrill to drive through as you tackle the steep hills and busy roads. The drive alone is an event!

San Francisco

Once you get to the city the options are endless – quite literally. You won’t possibly be able to fit everything into one day, but don’t let that keep you from making the quick jaunt from Half Moon Bay to San Francisco. Our guests have many favorite San Francisco spots – far too many to list here – but here’s a rundown of places worth getting to.

  1. Ocean Beach – Head out to city’s only surf spot to experience a different kind of beach. The Ocean Beach pathway is a great place to take a walk or a bike ride, and is a scene all its own.
  2. Golden Gate Park – This famous spot at the center of San Francisco makes for a gorgeous stroll, and is a place you could easily end up spending the whole day. The park is not only full on beautiful gardens, but also has places like the California Academy of Science and the De Young Museum.
  3. The Presidio – This is another great place to drive or walk around. Located at the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, the Presidio served as an army post for three nations, and is covered in beautiful restored barrack buildings. The Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County leaves the Peninsula from this beautiful landmark.

The trip from Half Moon Bay to San Francisco is worth every minute of the beautiful drive, and there are an overwhelming number of things to see in this international city. Its beauty is breathtaking, and its culture rich. We would love to give you directions and recommendations as you plan you trip from the Mill Rose Inn to the big city.