San Francisco has no shortage of gorgeous views and outdoor spaces (with and without rooftop cocktails). However if you're looking for an outdoor, out-of-the-city escape—in addition to biking through wine country, always a good time—with plenty of room to roam and no shortage of spectacular scenery you’re in luck. From San Francisco, you’re within driving distance of 12 national parks, monuments and museums. Check out our list, from closest to farthest from downtown SF, and get ready to hit the road.
Editor’s Note: Wildfires and floods have threatened (and continue to threaten) many of California’s national parks. Always check the latest updates from the National Park Service about affected areas and closures before you plan your trip.