For those of you wishing to escape the famous city fog to somewhere a little different, a little sunnier, here are some suggestions. Camp under the stars, eat endless hot dogs, and down rosé in these neighboring SF locations. After all, isn’t it our duty to celebrate the good ‘ol red, white, and blue by over consuming grilled meats and alcohol?
1. Last-minute Camping
Why not spend our nation’s holiday basking in its’ great outdoors? Camping can be a tough last-minute trip as some parks book up years in advance. However, these neighboring SF spots offer everything you could want when camping; starry nights, bonfires, and that oh so real one with nature feeling. For the best chance at getting that last minute spot, stick to first-come-first-serve spots such as Mendocino lake or smaller, municipally owned camp spots such as Still Water Cove Park. Take a look here for national forests near you.
2. Wine Country
This 4th of July swap blue for rosé and spend the day sipping wine at Bardessano’s rooftop or groove along to live entertainment in St. Helena’s block party. Both Sonoma and Napa offer well-choreographed firework shows and of course plenty and plenty of wine.
3. Lake Tahoe
Pack up the car and head up to Tahoe for the weekend. You won’t regret it. Spend your day on sandy beaches mingling with crowds and sipping on reasonably priced drinks. If you’re still not convinced, Tahoe’s fireworks extravaganza is justly rated 4th in the nation attracting over 100,000 visitors each year. With a drink in hand and Tahoe’s stunning scenery around you, you won’t even mind the crowd. Like I said, you won’t regret it.
4. Marin County
I don’t know about you, but to me, there is nothing more American than strapping on some cowboy boots, eating a chili dog, and riding the tilt-a-whirl. Regrettably, in that order. This 4th of July head to Marin County Fair for the carnival rides and exhibits then stay for the magnificent firework show.
5. Treasure Island
Think of Independence Island as Treasure Island’s older brother who just discovered rave music. This festival, on the nearby Treasure Island, offers 25+ Dj’s and stunning views of the fireworks. Warning, it is not for the faint-hearted.