Vallejo Discovery Guide

Vallejo (population 121,000) is located in northern California on San Pablo Bay. It is 35 miles north of San Francisco. Vallejo is just off of Interstate 80. The two closest airports to Vallejo are the Oakland International Airport and the San Francisco International Airport.

Vallejo enjoys a Mediterranean-like climate. Its average low temperature is 47 degrees and its average high temperature is 70 degrees. There are often breezes blowing off the waterfront. The average yearly rainfall is 18 inches.

Vallejo has an active historical culture. Many of its houses from the mid-nineteenth century have been restored and there are walking tours available to view the style of architecture termed “Working Man’s Victorian.” The adjacent Mare Island was the site of the first United States Naval base on the west coast. The shipyard closed in 1996, but it is still possible to tour much of the island through the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation.

Because of the naval base, Vallejo has always been a very culturally diverse city. Its yearly festivals reflect its international character. In addition to active art, symphony, and musical theatre groups, Vallejo also hosts Pista Sa Nayon-Filipino Cultural Festival, the Native American Pow Wow, and the Northern California Pirate Festival.

In Vallejo and its surrounding areas, one can find many tourist attractions. There are golf courses, museums, and historic parks. The Six Flags Discovery Kingdom amusement park is just minutes away from downtown Vallejo, and the Jelly Belly Candy Company and Anheuser-Busch Brewery offer tours of their plants within ten miles of Vallejo city limits.


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