when i was young my brother, who is much older than me, lived in the bay area. he flew me over a few times and i always loved going to Sausalito. its been about 20 years since i have been there but i remember thinking thats where i wanted to live when i grew up
cant imagine its very affordable.
another memorable time was driving at night from San Fransisco to Lake Tahoe in a snow storm. the snowboarding the next day was great. probably not that interesting to resident californians but coming from Australia where we call small hills mountains, it was pretty exciting.