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San Francisco
Bay Area & Beyond
Travel Guide!

Welcome to Explorer1.com! Your Source for Bay Area Travel Information.

The San Francisco Bay Area is surrounded by some of California’s best vacation destinations.  Whether you are looking for the perfect mountain retreat, romantic coastal getaway, wine tasting or water skiing on a crystal clear Alpine lake, you are just a few hours away from your perfect vacation destination. In fact, the area has so much to offer that it can be a little overwhelming for both the out-of-town visitor and local explorer alike.

That’s where Explorer1.com’s travel guide comes into play. We organize the best of what the San Francisco Bay Area and its surrounding destinations have to offer. Whether you are looking indoor or outdoor activities, fine dining, places to stay, events and festivals, or an area primer to determine which destination will best meet your travel plans – we can help you find it fast.

Our MENU allows you to easily explore the Region’s top travel picks such as the best resort spas, golf courses, breweries, mountain bike trails, scenic train tours, hiking, and much more! The WHAT’S ON TAP provides a quick glance of the region’s current major events & festivals, top seasonal activites, and some urgent travel advisories. Our Destination Explorer below gives you the ability to search a specific vacation location such as Half Moon BaySanta CruzNapa ValleyLake Tahoe, and many more.

Why Use Explorer1.com to Help Plan Your Next California Vacation?  

Unlike the cold, calculating algorithms that create search engine results and the multitude of Visitor Bureau Websites that are mandated to promote their locations and due paying members, Explorer1.com is free to independently experience vacation destinations in California and share our own, unbiased, opinions about the services and activities that we encounter. Yea us!




























































What’s on Tap


Winter Festivals & Events:

San Francisco Fleet Week – Oct 3 – 10, 2016

Airshow, ships and much more!

Giant Pumpkin Patch at Guadalupe River Park – Oct. 8

San Jose—Fun activities and lots of pumpkins

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Patches – October 2016

Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival Oct. 15 & 16, 2016

Santa Cruz Pumpkin Patches – October 2016


For more “top” events, click on our Festivals & Events page or select a specific travel destination from our City Selector.


Top Winter Attractions:

Snow Skiing in the Sierras

Lake Tahoe is home to 15 snow ski resorts and some of the best alpine and cross county snow skiing in the world. You’re sure to find a ski resort and hotel that will meet your expectations.

Whale Watching – Dec. through May

California grey whales migrate down the coast

Elephant Seal Watching – December through March is breeding season. Año Nuevo State Reserve has a large colony of northern elephant seals that assemble there each winter. Watch 5,000 pould males fight for breeding rights!



The Region’s Fall Advisories:
Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.

Traffic Conditions. Traffic through major cities and extremely popular travel destinations can be challenging. Plan ahead to drive before and after commute hours. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn about road conditions. As a special note, Highway 92 in to and out of Half Moon Bay can be very difficult during the pumpkin season. Plan ahead and arrive early and leave late!











































































































































































































Destination Explorer

Looking for specific destination information? We got you covered. You can access our Santa CruzNapa ValleyHalf Moon BayLake TahoeMontereyYosemiteReno, and many more by simply clicking on the information blocks below or selecting a destination from the “Destination Explorer” menu option.

With a click of the mouse, you will be able to access information on local area hotels, motels, restaurants, resorts, eco-tourism, local attractions, weather, local maps, road conditions, area profiles, events and much…much more.

We hope that you will find Exporer1.com is the ultimate travel guide for California’s Central Coast, Northern California, the Sierra Mountains, and Western Nevada.