Shoreline Amphitheatre

Hours: hours vary

Located 35 miles south of San Francisco on the Peninsula, Shoreline Amphitheatre is the largest outdoor venue in the Bay Area. Distinguished by its huge tent structure over the stage, Shoreline is impressive for its sheer size alone as it sits on more than sixty acres and holds 22,000. Accordingly, the biggest names stop here – framed pictures of who’s who in musical history are displayed around the walls circling the backstage area. If you can afford it, splurge on the lower reserved seats. Tickets can get expensive, but they’re worth it, because the general lawn section – which tends to turn into a mud pit – and even the upper reserved section can make you feel miles from the action, even with the assistance of the giant-screen TVs. It’s also warmer in the lower reserved section, as nights here are known for getting chilly and quite windy. If all the people and noise get to be too much, there’s also a covered beer garden and several food concession stands (try the garlic fries), plus other vendors selling jewelry and T-shirts.