Attractions in the San Francisco Bay AreaThe San Francisco Bay Area is a spectacular vacation destination for maximum Northern California fun. Museums, beaches, theme parks, and public gardens offer hours of entertainment for any family getaway. Holiday Inn Express Redwood City is conveniently located within close proximity to the best attractions in San Francisco, San Jose, Half Moon Bay, Napa Valley and the scenic Bay Area.
California's Great America
Located in Santa Clara, California's Great America is the largest amusement park in Northern California. Great America offers thrilling roller coasters and rides, family attractions, live stage performances, and a wild water park with exciting slides and a wave pool.Visit http://www1.cedarfair.com/greatamerica/attractions/index.cfm.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco to the North Bay is recognized as one of the most iconic landmarks in the United States. The 1.7-mile long bridge opened in 1937. Pedestrians, wheelchair users and bicycles are permitted on the bridge during daylight hours.www.goldengatebridge.org.
Napa & Sonoma Wine Country
Northern California wines are renowned throughout the world, with many bearing a Napa Valley or Sonoma County label. Dozens of wineries and tasting rooms are located throughout Napa and Sonoma off Highways 101 and 29, north of San Francisco. The Wine Country is also home to award-winning restaurants such as French Laundry, and quaint towns with boutique shopping and rejuvenating spas.Visit www.winecountry.com.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is home to some 550 species of marine plants and animals. Exhibits include the massive Outer Bay Waters that houses giant schools of fish and a kelp forest, jellyfish tanks, stings rays, marine birds including penguins, and the interactive Splash Zone for young children. The aquarium is open daily, excluding Christmas.Visit www.montereybayaquarium.org.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007. This beachside amusement park that fronts the mile-long Main Beach in Santa Cruz features thrilling rides for all ages, a video arcade, and carnival- type games. The Giant Dipper, the Boardwalk's signature ride, is one of the oldest roller coasters in the United States. It was built in 1924 and features a wooden track.Visit www.beachboardwalk.com.
Hiller Aviation Museum
The Hiller Aviation Museum is a 53,000 square foot facility with an exhibit hall, 35-seat theater and conference space for small groups. The museum's collection includes 50 aircraft exhibits and displays including the 1945 Hiller 360 helicopter, pre-1915 gliders, and a Boeing 747 cockpit interactive display.Visit www.hiller.org.
Alcatraz Island, commonly referred to as The Rock, is home to the infamous maximum security federal prison that housed some of the country's most notorious criminals such as Al Capone until it closed in 1963. Self-guided tours are available of the former prison and feature interesting artifacts. The Alcatraz Island lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse on the West Coast.Visit www.alcatrazcruises.com.
Malibu Castle and Grand Prix
The Malibu Castle and Grand Prix amusement park offers fun for the whole family. Miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats, turbo go karts, an arcade, and the Malibu Grand Prix race track guarantee hours of fun. Malibu is located in Redwood City, and is open daily.Visit www.malibugrandprix.com.
The historic Filoli Estate is situated near Redwood City on 654 acres. Sixteen acres are formal gardens. Self-guided and docent-led tours of the gardens and 36,000-square foot house are offered throughout the year. The house features a ballroom, 43 rooms and 17 fireplaces. Filoli was built by a prominent San Francisco couple in 1917.Visit www.filoli.org.
Allied Arts Guild
The Allied Arts Guild is a European-style crafts guild situated in a historic building in Menlo Park. The Guild has been the setting of artistic inspiration since 1929. Open artists' studios, shops and a café or located within the Guild. The grounds are also available for private functions.Visit www.alliedartsguild.org.
Elizabeth Gamble Garden
Elizabeth Gamble Garden in Palo Alto is a community horticulture foundation situated on 2.5 acres. The Garden features historic buildings and demonstration gardens. Special events and docent-led tours of the facilities are offered throughout the year.Visit www.gamblegarden.org.
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) is one of the most revered research laboratories in the world. SLAC's team of physicists, engineers, computer scientists, among others design, construct and operate leading edge electron accelerators and other experimental facilities for use in synchrotron radiation and high-energy physics research. Tours of the facility are available for people age 12 or older.Visit www.slac.stanford.edu.