On the way up Mount Tamalpais heading through Mount Tamalpais State Park, the options are endless. There's hiking, camping, red woods, pull offs, hidden beer houses and beautiful drives through winding roads. All of this is within 20-30 minutes from San Francisco. If you have the time in SF, drive to the top of Mt. Tam mid day, check out the Mt. Tam Fire Outlook ( a short 20 minute uphill hike from the top parking lot ) for one of the best 360 views in the Bay Area. On the way down if timed right, the sunset is absolutely a must over the Pacific Ocean as you can see in the image above.