Caltrain, the commuter train from San Francisco to San Jose and Gilroy, stops at the Redwood City Station, which is located near Broadway and El Camino. As Redwood City marks the southern boundary of fare zone 2, some of the newer (2005) trains with limited stops either north or south, along with the local ones, stop here.
Most of Redwood City is bracketed by two freeways: I-280 to the west and US-101 to the east. Redwood Shores, however, is a substantial part of Redwood City that is east of US-101.
There are several exits off the Bayshore Freeway US-101 that lead into Redwood City. From north to south, they are: Marine Parkway and Redwood Shores Parkway that lead eastward to Redwood Shores, Whipple Avenue that leads westward towards the little historical downtown area, Woodside that leads westward (as Seaport Blvd) to the Port of Redwood City and eastward is Hwy 84 from the Dumbarton Bridge, and Marsh Road that merges directly with the Dumbarton Bridge.
Exits off of the more scenic Junipero Serra Freeway I-280 include, from north to south, Edgewood Road that leads eastward to downtown, Farm Hill Road that leads eastward to Jefferson Avenue, Woodside (Hwy. 84), and Sand Hill Road that leads to nearby Stanford and Palo Alto.
Equally convenient to the San Francisco International Airport SFO and to San Jose International Airport SJC, Redwood City is also served by the little San Carlos airport, which is off Redwood Shores Parkway and hosts an air museum worth going out of your way to see.
Redwood City has a deep seaport, even though the logging trade is not noticeable any more. Small craft and fishing boats head out of the port, sailing classes are available, and there's at least one cruise ship that makes port here. The nearby marshes and salt-evaporating ponds make for nice quiet noodling about in a kayak.
Historical courthouse, 2200 Broadway St, 650-299-0104, . Home to the San Mateo County Historical Museum, this 1910 county courthouse has been restored and now serves as the town square. With a beautiful plaza, water fountains, a grand staircase, and a stained glass dome, it was designed to rival San Francisco's City Hall.
Lathrop House, 627 Hamilton St, 650-365-5564, . One of the peninsula's oldest mansions, built in 1863. Located behind the old Courthouse.
Century Redwood City 20, 825 Middlefield Rd, 650-369-3456. This 20-screen theater is part of a major retail complex, with shops, art galleries, restaurants, and a 2-level underground parking structure.
Fox theater, 2215 Broadway, 650-369-4119, . This newly refurbished Art Deco style venue has seating for 1400 people, and features live performances by artists such as Neil Young, Melissa Etheridge, and Bill Cosby.
Michael Rosenthal Contemporary Art, 2317 Broadway St, 650-369-1948, . Features emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. MRCA is the first gallery on the peninsula to introduce original, high-quality artwork at a range of prices that makes art affordable to everyone. Openings every 6 weeks on Saturday evenings from 7 to 9pm. Located one block from the Fox Theater.
Bangkok Bay Thai Cuisine, 825 El Camino Real at Broadway, Redwood City, CA (650) 365-5369. Worth going out of your way for these folks and the wonderful food they make. Nice place for a working lunch or dinner, or to take your favorite date.
New Kapadokia Restaurant, 2399 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA (650) 368-5500. Fabulous Turkish food.
La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant, 314 Arguello Street, Redwood City, CA (650) 780-0801
Amelia's, 2042 Broadway, Redwood City, CA (650) 368-1390. Salvadorean food. Good pupusas. There is seating outside.
Yokoyama Japanese Restaurant, 1784 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA (650) 369-2299. A little east of the core of RWC's downtown, this nondescript looking restaurant serves up fresh and fabulous sushi for not too much out of pocket. One might wish We Be Sushi in San Francisco had as much room as this sleeper!
Bluefyn Party Sushi, 2327 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA (650) 361-1160. Mainly a catering and take-away hole in the wall cafe (especially while construction downtown drags on), this is a great little cafe around the corner from the CalTrain station. Fresh sushi to go, pre-packed or made to order.
Sichuan Delight, 2525 El Camino Real near the Target Center, Redwood City, CA (650) 701-0814. Good Sichuan cooking with no MSG and lots of choices for the vegan and vegetarians in the crowd. Free delivery in the Redwood City area.
Harry's Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real, just N of Hwy. 84, Redwood City, CA (650) 366-3733. A carvery and brewery in the old German biergarten style, only thankfully without the oompah band.
Tacos El Grullense, 2401 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA 94063 (650) 369-9013. Authentic street food from a Mexican village tradition! Trade ambiance for flavor. There are several El Grullense locations in Redwood City. Cash only.
Young's Ice Cream, Broadway. Ice cream parlor with old-fashioned bins of candy.
Farmer's Market - Downtown Redwood City near the CalTrain station, Saturdays 8am - 12pm April through November. Good fresh produce, breads, sopapillas, and some interesting crafts. Run by the local Kiwanis.
Sigona's Farmers Market, 2345 Middlefield Road (650) 368-6993 - a longstanding grocer in the region, named because they sell local produce as well as commercial produce from all over. Splendid house brands of dried fruits, nuts and other specialties. A splendid cheese selection and organic meats.
Kaiser Farmer's Market, 1150 Veteran's Blvd at Maple in the parking lot, Redwood City, CA Wednesdays 10am - 2pm year round.
Whole Foods Market, 1250 Jefferson Ave,, Redwood City, CA 94062 (650) 367-1400. From good, earthy groceries and staples to a picnic on the go. Across El Camino Real from the Sequoia Center and CalTrain station / bus turnaround.
Best Western Inn, 316 El Camino Real, ☎ +1 650 366-3808 (fax: +1 650 364-9380), . edit
Atherton Park Inn & Suites Redwood City (hotels in redwood city ca), 2834 El Camino Real, ☎ +1 650 366-2000, . checkin: 3:00 P.M.; checkout: 11:00 A.M.. Atherton Park Inn & Suites is an extended-stay hotel in Redwood City, California for business travellers and family vacation with spacious guest rooms, onsite restaurants, fitness centre, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, and easy access to Stanford University, Stanford Medical Centre & Downtown Palo Alto.edit
Holiday Inn Express, 1836 El Camino Real, ☎ 650-299-0909, . checkin: 3:00 PM; checkout: 11:00 AM. edit
Pacific Euro Hotel, 868 Main Street, ☎ 650-363-1642, . The Pacific Euro Hotel, Redwood City, is centrally located in the San Francisco Bay Area, offering affordable, clean and safe European style accommodations. Located only blocks from public transportation (Cal-Train and Sam trams) which can take you in either direction to Stanford University, Stanford Mall, San Jose Airport, or San Francisco Airport, PacBell Park and The Embarcadero.edit
Be careful to check for ticks after hiking in fields in the bay area. There is a high rate of lyme disease transmission in the Bay Area. If a bulls' eye rash develops at the tick bite site, immediately seek medical help and treatment with antibiotics.