Welcome to Burlingame, California!
Things to Do
Burlingame -- located in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley area -- is located on a 60-mile peninsula immediately south of San Francisco, bordered on the east by San Francisco Bay, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Average annual temperature is a pleasant 68 degrees (summer highs rarely over 78 degrees and winter lows in the mid-50s).
Just a stone’s throw from San Francisco (20 minutes by car or mass transit), with San Francisco International Airport conveniently located in its midst, this incredibly beautiful, scenic area is safe, sunny and affordable. It’s the perfect destination for foodies, outdoor enthusiasts, arts lovers and fun seekers.
Half Moon Bay is a quaint, small town in the middle of San Mateo County’s Pacific Coast side, about 15 miles from Burlingame. One of the oldest communities in the county, Half Moon Bay grew out of a farm town whose residents cultivated flowers, artichokes, cabbages, sprouts and pumpkins. Agriculture is still an important part of Half Moon Bay’s economy and the area is now known as the pumpkin capital of the world.
In addition to Half Moon Bay, the Coastside has several small cities, each with its own distinct characteristics: Pacifica, Montara, Moss Beach (the site of the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve), El Granada, Princeton-by-the-Sea (known for great fishing from Pillar Point Harbor and the wonderful restaurants and shops which surround it), San Gregorio (location of the historic San Gregorio Store), and Pescadero (famous for its proximity to the Pescadero Marsh, Pigeon Point Lighthouse and the Año Nuevo Elephant Seal Preserve).
Southern County and Palo Alto
Southern San Mateo County and Palo Alto provide picturesque hotels with a high-tech twist, as well as downtown shopping districts and abundant nature preserves. With top retail shops, delicious dining options, and thriving businesses, the area is a regional draw. Home to Stanford University and many Silicon Valley companies, you will find some of the world’s most innovative and talented people here.
Famous Silicon Valley heavy hitters that call this area home include Facebook, Oracle, LinkedIn, Electronic Arts, Box, SurveyMonkey, Hewlett Packard, and Tesla. More can be found in the neighboring cities.
Things to Do
Downtown Burlingame Avenue
The livliest areas are from California Drive to El Camino Real, with hundreds of stores and restaurants nestled there. This pedestrian-friendly district offers more discoveries on the Avenue's side streets between Howard and Chapin Avenues. This area offers independent emporiums as well as outlets for national chains and designer names.
Broadway’s landmark arch invites visitors to experience big city amenities in the comfort of a charmingly laid-back, small town atmosphere. Satisfy your hunger with a wide range of styles and cuisines, from fine dining to casual eateries and coffee shops. Shoppers can enjoy a variety of independently-owned boutiques, gift shops, antique stores and a medley of unique specialty stores offering everything from wine to jewelry, toys, health food, candy and more.
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Tour Silicon Valley
As the tech hub of the world, Silicon Valley hosts the campuses of renowned companies like Google, Facebook, Tesla, and more! If you are interested in touring these facilities, visit the Silicon Valley Innovation Center or Incredible Adventures Tours to learn more information.
Of course, located only about 20 minutes away from Burlingame is the city of San Francisco. SF is home to a little bit of everything but some popular attractions include: Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, the Painted Ladies, and Fisherman's Wharf.
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Still unsure of what Burlingame has to offer? Check out these sample itineraries!