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19 Best Weekend Getaways from San Francisco (within a 3 hour flight)



San Francisco residents pay a premium for their prime location. Yes, their living costs are the highest in the country, but if you're an avid traveler it doesn't get much better. In addition to numerous direct flight options overseas, San Francisco is ideally located with easy access to National Parks, mountains, and plenty of other fun destinations within a short flight. Note: These flights can be pretty expensive compared to other markets.


This article will focus on domestic destinations via airplane and car. Here are some weekend getaway ideas for locals in the bay area within a 3 hour flight. More importantly, these trips are all possible without having to request PTO (for you M-F 9-5'ers), it just depends what you want to do at your destination.


Bear in Mind: When travelling internationally as of June 17th, 2021, you're required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test upon return to the United States. This is on top of any restrictions in the country you are visiting. Since the rules are changing frequently, I'll leave that out. Instead, I'll include a link to the embassy site where you can find the latest information.


Jackson Hole, Wyoming (JAC) - 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Bears, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, skiing, golfing, horseback riding, rustic boutique, hotels, cool people.

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $500+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Make sure you have time to visit both Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Jenny Lake is a must.


Kansas City, Missouri (MCI) - Just Over a 3 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • BBQ! BBQ! BBQ!

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $300+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Visit the Power & Light District for a unique nightlife experience & go to Arthur Bryant's for BBQ.



Lake Tahoe, CA & NV (RNO) - 1 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Gorgeous Lake Tahoe! Skiing, water sports, gambling, great scenery, interesting people. Reno is the closest airport, about 45 minutes away. It's also only a 3 hour drive from San Francisco!

When to go?

  • Year-Round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $200+

Where can you stay?



Seattle, Washington (SEA) - 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Whales, Olympic National Park, Mt. Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, gorgeous views, intelligent individuals, good breweries.

When to go?

  • Summer (you can't really avoid the rain but you can pray)

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $100+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • Visit the REI flagship store. Wow.


Aspen, Colorado (ASE) - 2 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Skiing, great scenery, luxury.

When to go?

  • Year-round

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $400+

Where can you stay?

Pro Tip:

  • It's very expensive, but worth a shot. 3.5 hour drive if you wish to save some $$.




Denver, Colorado (DEN) - 2.5 Hour Flight


Why go?

  • Mountains, beer, National Parks, hiking, clean city, nice people.

When to go?

  • Year-round. Ski in the winter. Hike in the summer.

Who can fly you there?

How much will it cost to get there?

  • Airfare: $200+

Where can you stay?