The Bay Area is a very beautiful and unique place. One minute you can be in the snow, and the next you are surrounded by redwoods. Whatever you like to do, the Bay Area is a great place for your much needed vacation. Now, I’m sure you’ve heard about all of the touristy things there is to do here – Cable Car, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz – and if that’s what you were hoping to get, you’re in for a surprise. Instead I bring you 6 things you must do when visiting The Bay that aren’t on the basic tourist sheet.

Mills Hoagie Shop – 5930 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland 94605


You know the saying “It’s always good in the hood”? Well, that is definitely the case with Mills Hoagie Shop. You can’t come to Oakland without stopping here. They have some of the best Hoagie’s for such a great price leaving your stomach in complete gratitude to you for making such a great decision.

Sutro Baths Cave – 680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121



If you’re in the mood for an amazing scenery + an opportunity to become one with Mother Nature, this is the perfect place to go. The view is truly breath taking, and the scenery is excellent for meditating and getting centered.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – 400 Beach St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


Stop by the Santacruz Beach Boardwalk  for a day of fun in the sun, beach relaxation, delicious food, arcade games, and the best part of it all – ROLLERCOASTERS. Every Wednesday and Thursday after 5pm, you can go to the Boardwalk for $12.95 (unlimited rides) if you bring a can of Pepsi. And on Wednesdays, they have a free beach movie night.

TRAPXART -111 Minna St, San Francisco, CA 94105


TRAPXART is a monthly event for local visionaries. Every month theres is a new theme/tribute that sets the tone for the night. Come out for an evening of great art from local artists, positive energy, and an overall good time.

Fentons – 4226 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 94611


As seen in the Dreamworks animation UP, Fentons is a local favorite for food and ice cream. The ambiance is perfect for family and friends, and it truly represents the heart of Oakland.

Plank – 98 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607



Plank is the newest Oakland hotspot. You can literally do everything here – arcade, have dinner, bowl with friends, enjoy the awesome beer garden. This new spot is perfect for both a night out, or family game night. It is never boring here, and you are guaranteed a great night.

There are definitely way more non-touristy places to go and things to see, these just so happen to be some of my favorite. Did I miss any of your favs? Comment below and I’ll be sure to adjust our list!

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