Peninsula (Bay Area)
The Peninsula region lies immediately south of San Francisco reaching from its famous neighbor to the north to the high-tech region of Silicon Valley. While many of the Peninsula's residents work and play to the north or south, the peninsula has its attractions, including some beautiful wilderness areas.
The Peninsula has two coasts -- one on the San Francisco Bay, the other on the Pacific Ocean -- but few major cities or ports. The Santa Cruz mountains divide the region in half north-south, with a large wilderness area that's great for hiking and mountain biking.
- East Palo Alto
- Foster City
- Half Moon Bay
- Menlo Park
- Palo Alto
- Redwood City
- San Bruno
- San Carlos
- San Mateo
- South San Francisco
The Bay Area has three major commercial airports:
- The San Francisco International Airport (ICAO: SFO) is on the Peninsula near Millbrae and San Bruno.
- The Oakland International Airport (ICAO: OAK) is across the bay near Alameda and southern Oakland.
- The San Jose International Airport (ICAO: SJC) is at the bay's southern end between Santa Clara and northern San Jose.
All three airports are served by public transportation. The regional metro-rail service BART runs directly to SFO and connects to the commuter rail line Caltrain, as does the San Mateo County bus service SamTrans. The East Bay bus service AC Transit and a connecting bus to BART, AirBART, run to OAK. Santa Clara County's Valley Transportation Authority runs a bus (Line 10) connecting SJC with Caltrain and that county's light rail and bus system.
Motorists can reach the Peninsula from OAK by crossing the bay on the Bay Bridge (Interstate 80, to the north), the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge (Highway 92, to the south), or the Dumbarton Bridge (Highway 84, farther to the south). From SJC, drivers can take Highway 87 to US-101 northward, although avoiding 101's rush-hour traffic is often recommended. (For longer trips northward, try the scenic, parallel Interstate 280.)
Caltrain runs up and down the peninsula, stopping at most major towns and serving the San Francisco and San Jose International Airports as well (via short transit connections at the Millbrae and Santa Clara stations, respectively). BART goes down the peninsula as far as the airport, terminating just past the airport at Millbrae, where it converges with Caltrain.
The two main highways running down the peninsula are 101 and 280. If you are driving from San Francisco to Palo Alto or San Jose, take I-280. It is a beautiful drive, free of advertising, well above the wilderness area. If you must drive on 101, try to avoid rush hour. The drive along the coast on State Route 1 (the Cabrillo Highway) is a beautiful, yet slow drive.
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.
This page was last edited at 19:03, on 15 February 2009 by San Francisco Girl. Based on work by Native94080, Evan Prodromou, Ryan Holliday, Richard Petersen, Colin Jensen and Mark Jaroski, Wikitravel user(s) Texugo, Chipuni, Edgy, Huttite and Akubra and Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel.