Vallejo, California - Vacation Getaway - San Francisco Bay


VALLEJO, Calif. -  The City of Vallejo traces its beginnings to General Vallejo, who's namesake stood as the California state capitol in California's formation as a state. Mare Island, an integral part of the Vallejo landscape, enjoys close proximity to the city's Ferry Terminal and ferry service. Vallejo is a transportation and commuter hub for the North Bay.

 

Vallejo is a mix of old and restored properties such Victorian homes and business fronts, Six Flags Marine World theme and amusement park, Vallejo Naval & Historic Museum, Historic Downtown Vallejo, Architectural Heritage District and the connector vessels to San Francisco. Tourists can actually stay in Vallejo and take day trips to San Francisco, Napa Valley, Sacramento, and Marin County attractions.


Six Flags Discovery Discovery Kingdom (Marine World) is one of the only combination animal park, oceanarium, and theme parks in the world. Dolphin shows, elephants, walruses and wild rides on world-class roller coasters make this park a "must see" on your North Bay visit.

For those seeking a connection with the past, the City of Vallejo is a historical goldmine of buildings and stories. Dating to the 1800's, the historic district includes Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum, a great place to start to learn more about Vallejo’s unique history. The museum houses two floors of exhibits and information about Vallejo and Mare Island, and even includes a working WWII submarine periscope.

 

Things to Do:

Jelly Belly Free Factory Tour - See how Jelly Bellies are made in a tour that winds around the view areas above the factory floor. The tour ends with free sampling of Jelly Bellies, bins full of the candies you can mix and match and an ice cream parlor and cafe-style restaurant.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Free Tour - See how the "King of Beers" is made in this educational adventure through the factory located across from Jelly Belly Factory Tour.

Napa Valley Wine Tour - At the southern end of the Napa Valley, Vallejo is the start and finish point for Napa Valley Wine Tasting. Some wineries charge a fee. Some are free.

Napa Valley Wine Train - Take a train ride through the heart of the valley while dining on a gourmet meal and sipping wine or cocktails.

 

California Wine Ship travels up the Napa River aboard an authentic paddle wheeler as you again enjoy great food and fine wine. Of course, it is also possible to explore the Napa and Sonoma Valleys on your own.

 

Pier 39 - Take Vallejo’s high-speed catamaran ferry ride across the bay. Go ashore at either the San Francisco Ferry Building or San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf where you at Pier 39. Over 100 shops, restaurants, and attractions, as well as ferry connections to Alcatraz, Sausalito and Tiburon are available.

 

Angel Island State Park - Take a Vallejo ferry rid to Angel Island where you can take a tram tour of an authentic Civil War camp and the old immigration station on the island that prompted people to refer to Angel Island as the "Ellis Island of the West." Bicycle and kayak rentals are also available on Angel Island for the more adventurous traveler.

Blue Rock Springs, Chardonnay Golf Club, Hiddenbrooke Country Club, and the historic Mare Island Golf Course provide a combined 109 holes of golfing challenge.

 

Vallejo, California map

In the map above Vallejo is shown in the bottom center portion near San Pablo Bay.  Vallejo photos
Photos of Vallejo- Historic Downtown, Vallejo Ferry Landing and Missile Memorial Mare Island

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