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Where to go and where to stay in San Mateo County.

Visiting San Mateo County

Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Woodside.

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San Mateo County was formed from parts of San Francisco County and Santa Cruz County, in 1856.

San Mateo County covers most of the San Francisco Peninsula; just south of San Francisco and north of Santa Clara County.

Just minutes away from downtown San Francisco, northern San Mateo County is home to San Francisco's International Airport, while Silicon Valley begins at the southern end of the county.

The county seat of San Mateo County is Redwood City.

San Mateo County Department of Parks:
The Department operates 16 separate parks, three regional trails and numerous other county and local trails encompassing 15,680 acres. They are located throughout the County and represent a wide variety of natural settings including a coastside marine reserve, a bayside recreational area, coastal mountain woodland areas, and urban sites.

San Mateo County CVB:
Located on the San Francisco Peninsula, San Mateo County  is graced with natural scenic beauty and an incredible variety of activities.

San Mateo County Transit bus and commuter train information.

Around San Mateo County


Atherton, two miles south-east of Redwood City, and 18 miles north-west of San Jose, is one of the wealthiest cities in the United States.


Belmont was first settled in 1850.


Colma, formed in the 1800s as a collection of homes and small businesses along El Camino Real and the adjacent railroad line, is located on the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula.

Colma has also become known as San Francisco's graveyard, or 'The City of Souls'; a subject covered in the Trina Lopez documentary, A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco's Lost Cemeteries (2005).

Daly City

Daly City is located about eight miles south-west of downtown San Francisco.

Known as the 'Gateway to the Peninsula', Daly City’s highway infrastructure includes State Routes 1, 35 and 82, and Interstate 280; bisecting Daly City as the main transportation route linking San Francisco with San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Daly City's scenic seven-mile coast is accessible to the public. San Bruno Mountain, with 2,063 acres of diverse park land, offers spectacular views of the entire Bay Area and the Pacific Ocean.

Lake Merced Golf and Country Club is located within Daly City and the Olympic Club-Lakeside and the San Francisco Golf Club are adjacent to Daly City's northern boundary.

One of only a few majority-Asian cities in the continental United States, Daly City is known for its large Filipino American population.

Bridgepoint Inn Daly City: 3255 Geneva Avenue.
Located off Highway 101, just 2 blocks from the Muni stop, with easy access to the airport and downtown San Francisco. Two types of accommodations are offered: Guest Rooms, with one or two Queen beds; and Deluxe Rooms, with one or two Queen beds and a Jacuzzi tub. The small but stylish Bridepoint Inn offers complimentary breakfast, 24-hour front desk, and wireless Internet access in public areas.

Daly City Attractions

Located at 2600 Geneva Avenue, the Cow Palace is home to the annual Grand National Rodeo, Horse & Stock Show. It also hosts over one hundred other events each year; including the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show, San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, Ringling Bros., Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney On Ice, as well as various music and ethnic concerts and sporting events.

East Palo Alto

East Palo Alto attracts people to the area thanks to the price of land and housing; a beautiful, rural-like setting; its centralised location; proximity to transportation and San Francisco Bay; and some of the most enviable weather in the nation.


The main attraction Hillsborough has for home buyers, is its charm.

Hillsborough residents have continually worked to preserve the town's relaxed country setting. With only a few traffic lights and streetlights, the town is brightened by its trees, flowers and shrubbery.

The Hillsborough Beautification Foundation helps to improve the quality of life here.

Menlo Park

Situated on 'The Peninsula', Menlo Park is conveniently located between San Francisco and Oakland on the North and San Jose on the South.

Menlo Park Hotel Accommodation.

Best Western Riviera: Menlo Park.
15 El Camino Real.

Official Website:
Best Western Riviera.

The Best Western Riviera, within walking distance of Stanford Mall, has recently been remodelled and all rooms completely refurbished.

All rooms have cable TV, clock radios, high-speed Internet access, coffeemakers, business desks, balconies, voicemail, refrigerators, microwaves, hairdryers, irons, ironing boards and air-conditioning.

Guests can enjoy daily complimentary continental breakfasts, adjacent restaurant and lounge, complimentary fresh fruit, fresh baked cookies, outdoor heated pool, spa, sauna and fitness centre.

Stanford Park Hotel: Menlo Park.
100 El Camino Real.

Official Website:
Stanford Park Hotel.

The Stanford Park Hotel sets the hospitality standard for Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula.

This four-story English Colonial European-style luxury hotel offers significantly oversized guestrooms and premium suites, secluded garden courtyards, many private libraries and isolated conversational seating areas; filled with museum quality artefacts.

On the culinary front, guests can choose between the award-winning 'Duck Club Restaurant' (specialising in Contemporary American cuisine) or the more casual 'Stanford Lounge' (for cocktails and light dining).

City of Menlo Park:
A quiet yet vibrant city of pleasant, tree-lined neighbourhoods and friendly people.

Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce:
Menlo Park was the first city in the world to offer commerce a restricted garden-type zone for its exclusive use.

Portola Valley

Portola Valley sits in a peaceful valley astride the San Andreas Fault, one of the most dangerous earthquake faults in the world.

San Carlos

City of San Catros:
European discovery and exploration of the San Francisco Bay Area and its islands began in 1542 and culminated with the mapping of the bay in 1775. Colonisation, along with the conversion of the Indians, followed closely on the heels of exploration. Although San Carlos lies some distance from either the Mission Dolores in San Francisco or the Mission at Santa Clara the local inhabitants were undoubtedly affected by mission life, which brought increased travel by padres and lay people, and the presence of soldiers.

Hiller Aviation Museum and Institute:
A collection dedicated to man's concept of flight, the museum highlights the many historic advancements native to northern California and shows how technologies resident here today will shape the future of air transport.

San Mateo

City of San Mateo:
Situated at the crossroad of three major freeways, San Mateo provides a link with San Francisco to the north, San Jose to the south, and the East Bay to the east.

Coyote Point Museum:
Take an imaginary walk from the mountains to the shore, exploring the six ecosystems found in the San Francisco Bay Area; view over 150 animals native to California, including a bobcat, river otters, rattlesnakes and raptors; explore themed gardens which encompass a Hummingbird Garden, Butterfly Habitat and Nature's Marketplace, featuring native plants used by Native Californians; and experience a serene walk-through the park, with a waterfall and pond, where several indigenous shorebirds and songbirds make their home.


Woodside was originally the home of some of the first English-speaking settlers on the San Francisco Peninsula, in the 1830s. Sawmills were gradually replaced by farms, small cattle ranches, and vineyards.

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The Almanac:
Community newspaper for Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside.

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