Friday, December 14, 2007

Quick Trips around the Bay

This holiday season, take some time out to have a little adventure with your family and enjoy all that the Bay Area has to offer. If you are here in the East Bay, plan some day trips to get out and enjoy something new. Set a destination and let the day unfold!

*Take the ferry to Pier 39 and be a tourist for the day. Stroll from Ghirardelli Square to Pier 39, grab some chocolate, have some lunch, stare at the sea lions, watch the cable car turnaround and just relax. For a quick virtual visit, check out the live sea lion webcam!

*The San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation is a fascinating for young and old alike. Located in Downtown San Jose, current exhibits include the eye-popping Body World display on anatomy and the progressive Green By Design displays. Make it more fun by taking BART to CalTrain or the Santa Clara VTA Train.

*Head north to visit the Charles M. Schultz Museum in Santa Rosa and re-discover the local genius behind Peanuts. Exhibits look at the history of the comic strip, its influence, and the art of cartooning. Save some time to go next door to the Redwood Empire Ice Arena, also built by longtime hockey enthusiast Schultz, for some wintry athleticism.

*Another fun day trip, though a bit further, would be to take the Amtrak train up to Sacramento to visit the California State Railroad Museum, a fascinating way to take in California history. Located in Old Sacramento, there is also a great deal of other state history around, as well as great shopping and restaurants. And, taking a relaxing train trip to get there is the way to go.

No matter where you choose to spend your holidays, have a great time enjoying this amazing region!

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