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Safely Explore the Suburbs with These Scenic Suburban Drives

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There’s (literally) never been a better time to pack up and hit the road…

 

Chances are your family is ready to GET OUT—we know we are. Our suggestion? Hit the road and explore. There are plenty of amazing scenic drives between the city and suburbia. And—bonus—you’ll have a chance to not just hike, walk and picnic along the way, but you’ll have an opportunity to pull off the road and scope out some popular suburbs.  

 

San Francisco to San Jose


The trip down I-280 from the city to San Jose has long been considered one of the most beautiful highways in the country. The 50-mile trip is beautiful, calm and serene—exactly what we all need right now. The views are particularly good once you’re south of the city. 

 

During your drive you’ll spot plenty of trees, wildflowers and, maybe, a few local animals who call this strip “home.” You’ll also likely be able to see the Santa Cruz mountains in the distance. Many families even like to pull over and take a quick hike—there are tons of paths including just off of this route including the always popular Crystal Springs Reservoir. Expect stunning views and lush, green surroundings—and plenty of space to ensure social distancing.

 

Suburbs to explore along the way: Burlingame, San Mateo, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Saratoga, Campbell, Los Gatos 

 

San Francisco to Berkeley Hills


Another amazing drive—and easy route to explore tons of suburbs? Take the Bay Bridge and hop on Highway 24 from San Francisco to Berkeley Hills, driving along the Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Wildcat Canyon Road area.

 

Once on Highway 24, get off at the Fish Ranch Road exit—this is a great area to hike, bike and walk or, simply, kick back with a picnic lunch at Tilden Regional Park. For more adventurous families, hike up the hill for incredible views of Berkeley and San Francisco. The bay is off in the distance, too, and easy to spot on a clear day. From here, you’ll also have a chance to see an incredibly bright, beautiful sunset if you time your drive just right.


Suburbs to explore along the way: Oakland, Piedmont, Berkeley Hills 

 

Point Reyes/Petaluma Road


Start by taking the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and (assuming there’s no fog) take in the amazing views. From there, head through Marin County to Pt. Reyes Station. Here, you’ll find plenty of open spaces along each side of the road giving you ample space and access to picturesque views. Hike, walk or bike, or settle in and just enjoy the scenery. 

 

Also fun? Keep following the road towards Nicasio Reservoir. Usually, there’s plenty of wildlife in this area, easy to spot even for the littlest adventurers. 

 

Suburbs to explore along the way: Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Greenbrae, Kentfield, San Anselmo

 

Get out and drive—and see suburbia! Need help mapping your course even more—or want to hit the road and explore suburbs that sync with your family and your lifestyle? Contact us now for a free Suburbs Strategy session. 

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