San Ramon is conveniently located close to San Francisco making a day trip to San Francisco an easy getaway. On the way to San Francisco you can stop in Oakland, the East Bay’s largest city. The entire trip is less than an hour’s drive one way to San Francisco. You can drive the whole way or make the drive to Oakland and take the ferry into San Francisco.
If you are stopping by Oakland on your way to San Francisco, the drive to San Francisco from Oakland takes only 20 minutes. You can also ride the San Francisco Bay Ferry into the city. When in San Francisco, take a trip to the world famous Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in the world. San Francisco’s Chinatown is known for its restaurants and its unique and inexpensive shopping. Next, take the shopping up a notch by going to San Francisco’s world-class Union Square. Union Square has shops like Emporio Armani, Diesel, Neiman Marcus, Saks and the Virgin Megastore. In Hayes Valley you’ll find a neighborhood filled with art galleries. The Mission District is another great Italian-inspired area with quaint European boutiques to browse through.
San Francisco is well known for its award-winning restaurants and fine wines. With the Napa Valley only a short drive away, San Francisco restaurants have access to some of the best wines in California. Seafood is a popular menu choice in the city’s restaurants by virtue of the access to the freshest catch. Scoma’s on Fisherman’s Wharf is the best known seafood restaurant in the city and is especially noted for its crab cakes. All of Scoma’s food is fresh from the bay with no preservatives or MSG.
Green’s in Fort Mason San Francisco is the leading vegetarian restaurant in the country. All of its food is harvested from sustainable and organic gardens. Green’s restaurant has beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands.
The Castro Theater is a historic 90-year-old theater in San Francisco. The theater is home to the San Francisco International Film Festival from April 19th to May 3rd. The Castro Theatre is unique because of its sing-along’s to movies like the “Wizard of Oz.” Take a stroll through the Castro to enjoy the uniquely diverse neighborhood.
When you are in Oakland, make sure to visit Jack London Square. Oakland is one of the most important port cities and a major transportation hub in the United States. The city has a diverse population and is well known for its political activism. Jack London Square was named after the famous author who lived in Oakland. This urban center is by the waterfront and has many restaurants, activities, tours and shops to explore. The many events in the Square include dancing, fitness, movies, festivals, and much more.
The Jack London Market is a new artisan food market that is scheduled to be open soon.
Driving time from San Ramon to Oakland
25.8 miles, 30 minutes
Driving time from Oakland to San Francisco
12.3 miles, 20 minutes