Don’t let the fear of visiting the “earthquake capital of the world” put you off visiting Parkfield. Located on the southern most parts of Monterey County, this tiny little ranch town has a community of around 20 people and almost feels like you have stepped back in time upon entering it. However, this town that feels like you may have been transported into a spaghetti western, will surprise you with the friendly local attitude, its history and the numerous sports and festivals you can get involved in.
So dust off those cowboy boots, and experience a massive change in life from your day to day in San Francisco. This is the perfect escape, allowing you to achieve the peace and quiet in one of California’s most natural beauties.
The fastest route to Parkfield from San Francisco will take you around 4 hours. To get there, head on to the US-101 S and keep right following signs for San Jose. Continue on for 192 miles and take exit 241A for Mission St. Continue on Mission St for 1.4 miles and turn left onto 14th St and then move on to N River Rd. Turn left onto Cross Canyons Rd and then left on to Indian Valley Rd and continue on Vineyard Canyon Rd for 21 miles. You will then see signs for Parkfield in about half a mile, then you will know you have arrived.
To get their by bus, you need to head to San Francisco Airport and then jump on the San Mateo Caltrain to San Jose. From San Jose, take the 6237 to Paso Robles and then you will need to jump in a taxi from here to Parkfield. The total journey time is just under seven hours, so it is advisable to either go by car, or make Parkfield part of a Monterey County trip.