DescriptionThis East Bay city is right off I-880, which provides access to San Jose and Silicon Valley communities. The Dumbarton Bridge (SR 84), southernmost of the bridges spanning San Francisco Bay, provides a direct link to Palo Alto and Stanford University. The toll charge (westbound traffic only) is $5 and can be paid by cash or electronically through a FasTrak account.
The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a protected ecological area with habitats ranging from beaches and sand dunes to salt marsh. Within the refuge is Coyote Hills Regional Park, where marshlands and rolling, grass-covered hills lend themselves to outdoor activities like hiking, biking and bird-watching. The park’s visitor center has educational exhibits and a picnic area. It’s open Wed.-Sun. 10-4; phone (510) 544-3220.