Day Trips

Apple Hill
A fun day trip anytime of the year, but best fall through to Christmas. It can be a bit crowded with people and traffic at the peak in October, and less crowded in November & December. There are many farms to visit and most have vendors, bake shops, apple tasting and kid friendly activities including mazes, pumpkin patches, pony rides and more! Plan on getting in and out of the car frequently, or maybe just visiting a farm or two and enjoying the day staying put. Apple Hill is located just outside of Placerville off of Hwy 50.

Jelly Belly Factory, Fairfield CA
Visit a candy factory! Kids will love the candy treats and seeing how candy is made!

Muir Woods
This hidden gem is a short car ride away. Reservations are required for this National Park, as visitors have increased over the past years. This trip is worth it! there is a visitor center, numerous hiking trails, and breathtaking nature to soak in.

Walt Disney Family Museum in SF
Located in the Presidio, the Walt Disney Family Museum is a must go to for families! Learn how Mickey Mouse came to be famous and the history of your favorite Disney characters. The museum also features a cafe, store and event rental space. In addition to its main galleries, which house the museum’s permanent collection, The Walt Disney Family Museum has several special exhibition spaces. On the lower level of the main building, the Theater Gallery and Lower Lobby Gallery host small-scale, rotating special exhibitions; these exhibitions are typically free to the general public, or admission to them is included with main museum admission. The recommended viewing time for these exhibitions is generally 30 minutes. 

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Stinson Beach

Angel Island

Mount Diablo

SF Ferry to Embarcadero

Train Town Sonoma

Sacramento Railroad Museum

John Muir Historical Site

Jack London Wolf House – Valley of the Moon