Regions in the San Francisco Bay Area
The San Francisco Bay Area is a popular anchor for some amazing motorcycle touring, fanning out from the city south to Big Sur, north to Mendocino, and East to wine country and the Sierra Nevada.
In the North Bay, Marin County holds the most interest for locals and tourists who want a quick nature fix. We ride over the Golden Gate Bridge and take the Highway 1 exit along the coast to Stinson Beach, Tomales Bay, and Point Reyes. Then we loop back through the mountains and redwoods to land in the town of Fairfax for a little while, famous for its hippie vibe, the Good Earth grocery store, and that fabulous shop with homemade lavendar honey ice cream. Go to the North Bay.
Got all day? Weekend? Heading up to the Pacific Northwest? Keep going north to Mendocino, Fort Bragg, and Humbolt County. If it's foggy, you can escape the coast by taking some fun, twisty routes back inland to Highway 101. Go to Farther Flung.
Inland, north of Marin and the East Bay, is Napa and Sonoma wine country. Visit the Wine Country.
The East Bay holds the most underrated riding, with Livermore being a "new" wine country destination. Further East is Yosemite, worth the ride. Ride the East Bay.
South Bay riders enjoy the road to Alice's Restaurant and then down the peninsula to the coast all the way through Santa Cruz to Monterey, Carmel, and Big Sur. Head to the South Bay.