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Travel Information for the San Francisco Bay Area

Travel Information for the San Francisco Bay Area

Welcome to Explorer1.com! Your Source for California 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 bit 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 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 local destination will best meet your travel plans, we can help you find it fast.

The links in in the right column will allow you to quickly explore the Region's top travel picks such as the best resorts, golf courses, breweries, mountain bike trails, scenic train tours, hiking, and much more! Feel in the mood for a big time show or festival? Maybe you want to pick your destination based on the best activity for the season. The tabs in the right hand column will give you a quick glance of the region's top events and the top activity draws based on the season. We even try to provide you will some sage advice with some travel advisories.

What Makes Explorer1.com to 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 express our own, unbiased opinions about the services and activities that we encounter there. Yea us!

What's on Tap

Events

Winter Festivals & Events:

Mavericks Surf Competition – Friday, Feb 12, 2016

TITANS OF MAVERICKS is the world’s premiere, high adrenaline, big wave surfing event. 

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am – Feb. 8-14, 2016

Carmel, CA – One of the most exciting events on the PGA TOUR  

Zinfandel Experience February 25 – 27, 2016 

San Francisco, CA – A three-day wine and culinary extravaganza attracting wine lovers from around the world.

Kayak Surf Festival – March 18-20, 2016

Steamer Lane at Lighthouse Point, Santa Cruz (831) 458-3648

This is the largest kayak surfing competition.

For more "top" events, click on our Festivals & Events page or select a specific travel destination from our Destination Explorer.

Attractions

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  

Elephant Seal Watching – December is breeding season. Año Nuevo State Reserve has a large colony of northern elephant seals that assemble there each winter.

 

Advisories

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!