Foster City is a quiet suburban city on the Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Primarily residential and lacking in a downtown, it also has a couple of large office parks and several large employers including Gilead, Visa, and Sony.
There only direct public transit to Foster City is via bus, either AC Transit (from the East Bay, there is express service from the Union City and Hayward BART stations) or SAMTrans (several routes.) There are also shuttles from the Hillsdale Caltrain station in San Mateo, although service has been cut back.
It is also very readily accessible from Highway 92 (Foster City Boulevard and Edgewater/Mariner's Island) exits, and indirectly from Highway 101 (Hillsdale.)
Foster City has one of the nicest 4th of July fireworks on the Peninsula, and with budget cutbacks in 2010 eliminating fireworks from many other communities, it drew a very large crowd.
There is an annual "Art and Wine" festival each June.
There is an annual Bay Area Dragon Boat Festival, celebrating the Chinese Duanwu Festival, that takes place in Foster City every year around June.
There are two shopping centers with supermarkets/large pharmacies, and a couple of smaller ones with local restaurants. The most convenient for travelers is along the north side of Hillsdale, directly across from Ryan Park.
If you've got a car (and it's very difficult to do much in Foster City without one) there are also a lot more food options a short drive away in downtown San Mateo, including one of the best varieties of Japanese cuisine on the peninsula.
Foster City has several hotels, mostly focussed on mid-range corporate accomodation.