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5 Best Bay Area Day Trips to Try

May 31, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Best Bay Area Day TripsThe Half Moon Bay area has so many attractions and activities to enjoy. Summer and autumn are the ideal time to get out of the city and experience the great outdoors with some of the most breathtaking scenery on the California Coast.  Whether you want to see meticulously landscaped gardens, pristine beaches, or wondrous forests, the Half Moon Bay area is a dream for outdoor enthusiasts.  When you’re not relaxing and restoring your spirits at Mill Rose Inn, try some of the best Bay Area day trips to fill your schedule.


1. Filoli

If you’re looking to take in an historic home as well as some amazingly manicured gardens, you should visit Filoli.  The location just 30 minutes outside San Francisco makes it one of the best Bay Area day trips.  Filoli is a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and was built in the early 20th century. The grounds include acres of gardens, a nature preserve, orchards, and an estate house that was used as the exterior of the house on Dynasty!


2. Berry Creek Falls

Located in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Berry Creek Falls is a breathtaking waterfall with lots of beauty surrounding it.   There are three routes to the falls: The Skyline to the Sea Trail, the Sunset – Skyline to the Sea Trails Loop, and the Skyline to the Sea – Timms Creek – Sunset Trails Loop. Other nearby landmarks to see during your time in the area include Opal Creek, Santa Clara Tree, Golden Falls, and Golden Falls.


3. Montara Mountain

One of the best Bay Area day trips is in nearby Pacifica, California.  Montar Mountain has a great trail that is a 7.5 mile out and back distance. This trail is best for experienced hiker with good endurance.  Other than hiking, a popular activity for visitors to Montara Mountain is mountain biking.  The trail is open year round and offers some spectacular views.


4. Half Moon Bay State Park and Coastside Trails

If you want to have a great day trip away from the Inn but don’t want to go too far, you should try visiting Half Moon Bay State Park and the Coastside Trail.  The Coastside Trail runs along the Pacific Coastline and offers amazing view of the beaches and ocean below.  There is access to several beaches along the trail and it intersects with Half Moon Bay State Park and Half Moon Bay State Beach.  Make a day of visiting these special places by planning a hike on the trail and a picnic and some games on the beach.


5. Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

Among the best Bay Area Day trips is the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve. Experience the the wonder of the California Redwoods in this 4,711-acre preserve.  The centerpiece of the preserve is Purisima Creek Canyon, which boasts towering redwoods, a beautiful range of local flora and a ruling creek.  Explore 24 miles of developed trails that provide easy walks or long difficult hikes. The Redwood Trail is accessible for all visitors, so no matter your hiking abilities you should pay a visit to the Purisima Creek Redwoods.


No matter which of the best Bay Area day trips day trips you decide to embark on, be sure to book your stay at the Mill Rose Inn.  Our sumptuously decorated guest rooms and suite are the perfect place to rest and recharge between adventures.  And if a strenuous hike leaves your muscles sore, one of our certified massage therapists can ease the tension and make you feel brand new. The elegant furnishings will surround you with luxury and our expert staff will ensure your time in Half Moon Bay will be the experience of a lifetime. We can’t wait to see you soon!



Photo courtesy Jill Clardy.