Come visit and explore the Bay Area. San Francisco, the City by the Bay not only offers beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay, but an abundance of family fun and cultural experiences. Stop in to one of three California Welcome Centres in this region. Visit PIER 39 and the California Welcome Centre to find FREE tourist information on all that California has to offer. The San Mateo California Welcome Centre is located just minutes from San Francisco and San Francisco International Airport. Just 55 miles north of San Francisco the California Welcome Centre Santa Rosa serves all of wine country including Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Marin Counties.
The California Welcome Center in Santa Rosa is conveniently located just off Highway 101 in the Railroad Square Historical District. It is housed in a beautifully restored 1904 train depot alongside the tracks for Amtrak and the future SMART rail project. The building’s importance to quaint Railroad Square is that of a focal point for the local railroad heritage and an important resource for travelers and the community. The depot houses the Northwestern Pacific train museum featuring railroad artifacts and interactive displays.
The Center is walking distance to a variety of fine hotels as well as dining choices ranging from funky little coffee shops to first-class restaurants. There is a multitude of charming retail shops surrounding the depot - offering a wide selection of goods.
Open 7 days a week, the Center offers an array of logo wear, locally-made gifts and souvenirs, in addition to travel information, maps, and brochures.
- Concierge Services
- Free maps, guides and brochures
- Gift Shop – selling local souvenirs
- Handicapped Access
- Nearby Restaurants
- Nearby Hotels
- RV Parking/Bus Parking
Be captivated by the magnetism of Alcatraz Island while sailing past on a sleek catamaran. Relax on an open top bus across the romantic and alluring Golden Gate Bridge. Hop over to the crooked street of Lombard to gaze at visitors maneuver their cars along the switch backs. Turn around and gaze upon the majestic Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill. Then jump on the unique cable car while taking in the gorgeous scenery. Dine and be delighted at Pier 39's restaurants and fun filled shops. Be enchanted by the wild seals as they playfully bask on their pads. The interactive exhibits at the Marine Mammal's Interpretive Center educates young and old.
Explore through crystal clear tunnels at The Aquarium of the Bay to see marine life and don't forget to drop by the Welcome Center for free tourist information.