Budget traveling around the world for two years

Bay Area


  • Renowned for its progressive politics
  • Spans from Napa wine country to Santa Cruz beaches
  • Hosts beautiful beaches, redwoods, bridges, & more

Population: 7.15 million

Largest city: San Jose (population: 998,500)

Photo: Alamere Falls, Point Reyes National Seashore

Where To Go in the Bay Area

NorCal Cities

Sacramento: Just east of the Bay Area, California’s capital city is not known for being much more than that, but it deserves a second glance. Wander through its impressive Old Town or sample some of its diverse culinary offerings.  Read more.

San Francisco: This Bay Area epicenter’s world-famous landmarks, dramatic hills, and stunning architecture create arguably the most aesthetically pleasing city in the country. Read more.

Bay Area Parks

Muir Woods National Monument: This Marin County park preserves some of the last remaining old growth redwood trees in the Bay Area. Read more.

Pinnacles National Park: America’s newest national park, this landscape is littered with dramatic rock formations and other remnants of its volcanic past. Read more.


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