Circle the bay to explore cities, shoreline, and foodie favorites.
Trip length: 4 days
POINT REYES STATION (43mi/68km; 1hr13min). Watch cheese being made at Cowgirl Creamery , then visit kid-favorite Bear Valley Visitor Center in Point Reyes National Seashore. INFO Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau ; 415/925-2060
LIVERMORE (33mi/53km; 38min). Let the kids play bocce while you sip varietals at Garré Vineyard & Winery . Sample local olive oils at Victorine Valley Farms . INFO Tri-Valley California Convention & Visitors Bureau ; 925-846-8910
SANTA CRUZ (33mi/53km; 44min). Ride the new Undertow spinning coaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk . Head east to ride zip-lines at Mount Hermon Redwood Canopy Tours . INFO Santa Cruz Conference & Visitors Council ; 800/833-3494