There's a little-known trail with cliff-top views of Bodega Bay and special spots for spyingng wildlife in Morgan Hill. Famous French sculptures inspire and give pause in the heart of Silicon Valley, not far from a place to score an artfully made French dip sandwich.
Let the tourists have their sourdough pretzels at Fisherman's Wharf and buy "escapee" T-shirts from Alcatraz. Those are great places to visit, too, but there's much more to the Bay Area than meets the casual visitor's eye -- sites and sounds and tastes that are tucked away and only known to the locals.
So we asked readers to send in some favorite off-the-beaten-path spots, and we were delighted to get some great tips and photos. For a complete slideshow of submissions, please go to www.mercurynews.com/living.
In the meantime, here's a sampling of hidden gems around the region, and we thank all who participated. Clearly, Bay Areans know their home turf, inside and out.
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If you are looking for an off-the-chart world class French dip sandwich, look no further than Adamson's French Dip in Sunnyvale. Killer good prime rib and sirloin French dip sandwiches along with great BBQ sandwiches, fries, beans, and yummy potato salad. They even have draft root beer that's worth the trip alone. Adamson's has the friendliest staff and awesome food. -- Sue Larson, Sunnyvale.