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North Bay (Bay Area)

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The North Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area lies north of the Golden Gate Bridge. It is probably best-known for being the home of Napa Valley, America's largest wine producing region, and for Marin County, which is a forested, coastal area. It is the northernmost part of the Bay Area.



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  • Point Reyes National Seashore. From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches through its open grasslands to its brushy hillsides and forested ridges, visitors can discover over 1000 species of plants and animals. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, Point Reyes preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people.


The name "North Bay" comes from its location in the north of the San Francisco Bay Area and separates it from the East Bay and the South Bay, which are each on their respective sides of the San Francisco/San Pablo Bay.

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  • Muir Woods. Located in Mill Valley, this Redwood Grove provides a nice respite for those looking for a bit of nature.

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  • You can spend a day exploring Point Reyes National Seashore (see other destinations section for more about Point Reyes)
  • Napa Valley Wine Train, 1275 McKinstry Street, Phone: +1 707 253-2111, Toll free: 1-800-427-4124, [2]. Various types of train rides offered for the 36 mile round trip to St. Helena, with or without gourmet dinner. Buy the "flight" of wines at the tasting car. Make this institution part of your trip.
  • Jelly Belly Factory tour, 1 Jelly Belly Lane, Toll-free: ''+1 800'' 953-5592, [1]. Daily from 9AM-4PM, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Easter Sunday. Take a tour of the factory where Jelly Belly jelly beans are made. A highlight is the robotic stacking machine and portraits made of jelly beans. The tour ends with a free packet of jelly beans. Also check out the factory store where "defective" jelly beans are sold as Belly Flops. The tour is very popular, so expect a wait, even on weekdays. Free.  edit
  • Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour & Gift Shop, [3] 3101 Busch Dr Fairfield, CA 94534 (707) 429-7595, Take a tour of a real factory where your favorite Budweiser products are created, call to check for hours to see if they are opne, two complimentary beers and free pretzels are offered

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  • On the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge is, of course, San Francisco, one of the world's most popular tourist destinations.
  • Also to the south — but in a more southeasterly direction than San Francisco — is the East Bay, which has scenery that is quite similar to the North Bay, especially south of Livermore and around Mount Diablo. Some of the East Bay, like Napa Valley, is wine country.

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