Bay Area city & county info


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San Francisco: (20 minute drive) Berkeley: (15 minute drive via Richmond Bridge)
Sonoma: (25 minute drive) Silicon Valley/ South Bay/San Jose : (1 hr drive)
Napa: (20 minute drive) Santa Cruz: (1.5hr drive)
Vallejo: (15 minute drive) Monterey: (2hr drive)
Oakland(25 minutes)   PebbleBeach: (2.5hr drive)
Sacramento / Gold Country: (1.5-2hr drive)






Bay Area City and County information of interesting attractions:


Sonoma County:   (25 minute drive):  Wine Tasting, Olive Oil Tasting, Pacific Coastline, Train Town, Lake Sonoma, Lake Sonoma Winery, Petrified Forests, Fish Hatchery, Restaurants.


  • Petrified Forests: A short trail of petrified redwood trees from a volcanic eruption of Mt. St. Helena three million years ago. Most of the trees were over 2,000 years old when covered by the ash, and are now petrified.  Worth a stopping by if on a road trip.  California Landmark #915.



  • Train Town: Fantastic for young kids and train enthusiasts.  Nice scenery as well.





***Berkley is noted as one of the most politically liberal in the nation, with one study placing it as the third most liberal city in the United States.

  • UC Berkley of California:  University of California, Berkeley, the oldest of the University of California system, is located here.


  • Telegraph Avenue: Telegraph refers mainly to a four-block section just south of the university, from Bancroft Way (which borders the campus) to Dwight Way. As a center of campus and community life, this section of Telegraph Avenue is home to many restaurants, bookstores, and clothing shops, along with street vendors occupying its wide sidewalks. Telegraph attracts a diverse audience of visitors, including college students, tourists, artists, street punks, eccentrics, and the homeless.  A very unique experience and street- great boutique shopping!


  • Habitat Childrens Museum: Great to visit with your 1-5 year old!  You’ll find exciting hands-on exhibits, drop-in classes and an Art Studio that are perfect for helping curious young kids become creative and confident learners. The time you spend playing with your child here is priceless!  


  • Berkley Art Museym and Pacific Film Archive: The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is the visual arts center for the University of California Berkeley. One of the largest university art museums in the United States, its collections totals over 16,000 objects and 14,000 films and videos.  


Vallejo/Fairfield:   (20minute drive): Six Flags Discovery Kingdom- family fun rollercoasters and entertainment!

  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom:  Vallejo.  (20minutes from home!)  Ride Rollercoasters, see animals.  Good Family Fun!
  • Mare Island Navel Base - Historic Park Foundation:  Vallejo.  (14 minutes from home!)
    • Website:
      • Artifact Museum
      • Ships Information and history
      • Tours, Education, Great, unblieveably fun workshops!
      • Weddings/Events: Admiral Mansion & or Captain Mansion are available!
  • ​​Jelly Belly Candy Factory, Fairfield.  (25-30 minutes)
    • ​Factory and Visitor Center.  Daily Tours and tasting.  All ages welcome.  Group tours offered.


Oakland:  (25minutes):  Jack London Square, Ice Skating, Oakland Collisium, Oakland Zoo, Oaksterdam.

  • Oakland Museum of California
  • Jack London Square:  On the waterfront of Oakland, California , this is a popular tourist attraction.  Here, enjoy theatre, shops, dining and a Marina.  If sailing the bay, it makes a great stop.  Also, the Alameda / Oakland Ferry operates ferry service from Jack London Square to Alameda, San Francisco, and Angel Island.
  • Oaksterdam: A unique cultural district on the north end of downtown Oakland, California.  Unique in that it is an area where medical cannabisis available at competitively priced smokeable and edible varieties.  Prepared and available for purchase in multiple cafes, clubs, and patient dispensaries!


Silicon Valley/South Bay

  • Includes cities of: San Jose, Santa Clara, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Cuppertino, Los Altos, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Fremont.

Home to the San Jose Sharks, Silicon Valley refers to the South Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Home to many of the world's largest technology corporations, as well as thousands of small start-ups.   The region occupies roughly the same area as the Santa Clara Valley where it is centered, including San Jose and surrounding towns, where most of the companies are located.




Santa Cruz (1.5hr drive): Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, UC Santa Cruz, Pacific Ocean, surfer cultural heaven.  Amazing Pacific Coastline drive from Marin!

  • UC Santa Cruz: A top California Educational Campus.  UC town with beach culture.
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk:  Oldest "beach boardwalk" in California.  Full of carnival games, rollercoasters, and fair enjoyment.  Beachfront!
    • Located on a mile of sandy beach  and voted the world’s Best Seaside Amusement Park in 2007, the 101-year old Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk features both modern and classic thrill rides, restaurants, miniature golf, video game arcades, and family bowling.
    • The admission-free Boardwalk offers affordable ticket options and free summer entertainment. A truly unique California experience!   


Monterey (2hr drive from Marin house)

  • Monteray Aquarium:  One of the most unique and largest aquariums in the world!  Unbelievably large tanks exhibit the special Monterey sealife!  Sealife on exhibit includes stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, and numerous other native marine species, which can be viewed above and below the waterline.  The Great White Shark has even been on exhibit here for 138 days!  Some of the tanks take water direct from Monterey's Pacific Ocean.  In addition,  three institutions function from here: Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation, the Support Services, which manages the property, and the Research Institute, which operates three ocean-going research vessels.
  • Cannary Row:


Pebble Beach:   (2.5-3hr drive from home):  Gorgeous

  • World Class Golf, Pacific Ocean Surf.

Pebble Beach is a small coastal town in Monterey County, California, best known for its high end, professional, Golf Course.  Also well known is Pebble Beachs beautiful scenery and incredible coastline, as well as the "Lone Cypress Tree", pictured above.


Sacramento: California's State Capitol   (** 1.5hr drive from Marin)

California State Railroad Museum, & Old Sacramento State Historic Park:  “Sacramento’s historic role as the commercial center of the California Gold Rush and terminus for the Pony Express and America’s first transcontinental railroad is preserved in Old Sacramento State Historic Park and the California State Railroad Museum” reads the brochure.