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Goldilocks Climates - Continued

February 16, 2010 | Permalink

In a recent post, Road Warrior visited two marvelous Southern California locations with Goldilocks climates, places that year-round are neither too hot nor too cold.  Leaving nearby similar climates for a future visit, Road Warrior heads about 500 miles north to the San Francisco Peninsula.

With year-round average temperatures of from 58 to 71 degrees, San Francisco has one of the most stable climates in the nation.  San Jose, just 50 miles south, boasts similarly comfortable temperatures.  Between these two great cities are some of the best tourist sights in the nation. 

San Jose, located within what is often called Silicon Valley, has 14 Extended Stay Hotels, which means it’s easy to find comfort and convenience at an affordable price.  Silicon Valley is the ideal place to explore technology innovation, and the Tech Museum of Innovation is the perfect place to start.  Complete with an IMAX Theater and lots of hands-on exhibits, this is well worth the visit.  Go from the technical to the bizarre by visiting the Winchester Mystery House.  Considered the world’s strangest mansion, this 160-room home includes staircases to nowhere, doors that open on blank walls and many other displays of the mysterious. 

Drive southwest from San Jose, and you find yourself in coastal forests of Douglas fir, live oak and even some mighty redwoods.  Spend the day at Portola Redwoods State Park and be awed by the beauty and refreshed by the clean, cool air. 

Continue west and you will come to Highway 1 and the Pacific Ocean.  Head north and drive along startling promontories and windswept sandy beaches until you reach Half Moon Bay.  This coastal town is about half way to San Francisco and within a short drive of Extended Stay Hotels in Belmont, San Mateo and San Carlos.  Half Moon Bay is perfect for a quiet day of bird watching, exploring the local beaches and secluded tide pools or maybe a relaxing game of golf

From here, you are minutes from Palo Alto, home of Stanford University, one of the area’s most prominent universities with a beautiful campus to explore.  Continue north to reach the tip of the peninsula and the spectacular City of San Francisco.  Known for its hills, bridges and world famous sights, San Francisco is one of the most popular US cities for international tourism.  From your Extended Stay Hotels in San Jose or the mid-Peninsula, you can take the train or Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) and avoid the hassles of parking.  Just be sure you wear comfortable shoes. 

Get off BART at Powell Street and take a Cable Car to one of San Francisco’s most well-known attractions - Fisherman’s Wharf.  From here, you can head to Angel Island or Alcatraz, enjoy a seafood lunch or just take in the sea air. 

Given the tourist opportunities in this amazing area, it is impossible to cover even a part of this in just one blog.  Road Warrior suggests that you come to the Bay Area, stay at one of the almost 30 Extended Stay Hotels and explore to your heart’s desire.  You won’t be disappointed. 

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