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Visiting the San Francisco Bay Area | Fall 2014

Fall is football season in the Bay Area, and Santa Clara’s brand new Levi’s Stadium fills with the San Francisco 49ers Faithful. Across the bay, the Oakland Raiders fill the stands of O.co Coliseum in Oakland through the end of the season and the end of an era – the Raiders' lease with O.co is set to expire at the end of the year. The Raiders threaten a move if no new stadium deal is struck, so this may be the last season football fans visiting the Bay Area have the chance to see two of the NFL's most storied teams play so close to one another. Home games are select Sundays through the end of December, and having two teams means there's NFL football in the Bay Area nearly every weekend.

Patrons at the Oakland Museum of California can enjoy free admission on the first Sunday of October. All three of OMCA’s galleries, Art, History, and Sciences, as well as the special exhibitions, are open to guests at no charge on October 5th. OMCA has undergone a recent transformation with renovations and reinstallations affecting nearly every part of the multidisciplinary Museum’s 300,000 square feet. Every Friday night at OMCA boasts family-friendly fun and unique programs with half-price admission for adults and free admission for ages 18 and under.

Santa Clara is now a familiar destination for sports fans since the opening of the 2014 season for the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium, and will host Super Bowl 50 in February. Thrill seekers can visit California’s Great America theme park, also conveniently located in Santa Clara. Each weekend in October, Great America hosts Snoopy’s Trick or Treat Festival, a daytime, non-scare celebration of cheer for families traveling with young kids.

The South Bay includes the community of Palo Alto, 35 miles south of San Francisco, which is home to Silicon Valley. Palo Alto is a vibrant, high-tech urban hub and home to Stanford University and its many visitors. In the Stanford Foothills, travelers can take a break for a walk or jog along the Dish, a popular paved trail through the hills frequented by University students and locals. Cantor Arts Center, now open six days a week, invites art enthusiasts to join a tour of the galleries and outdoor sculpture gardens. Join the Cantor for tours, performances, and all-ages activities at the Founders’ Celebration on October 26th to celebrate the founders of Stanford University.

Another integral Silicon Valley community, Milpitas is also in the South Bay area. Home to many influential high tech corporations, the Great Mall of the Bay Area is located in Milpitas. For excellent and varied holiday shopping, the Great Mall mall is northern California’s largest indoor mall. Through the end of October, the Great Mall hosts Teen Vogue – a spotlight on Fall fashion trends.

The city of San Jose is considered the hub of Silicon Valley and the seat of Santa Clara County. San Jose is home to the Mineta San Jose International Airport, a convenient access point for air travelers to the South San Francisco Bay area. Team San Jose offers world-class performing arts at venues including the City National Civic, California Theatre, Montgomery Theater, and San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. All are located conveniently within walking distance in the downtown San Jose theatre district. Check the calendar for outstanding upcoming events during your visit.

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45 Best Western Hotels
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    Corte Madera

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    Danville

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    Fairfield

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    Fremont

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    Gilroy

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    Hayward

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    Vineyard Inn

    Livermore

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    Los Gatos

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    Martinez

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    Elm House Inn

    Napa

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    Novato

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    Airport Inn & Suites

    Oakland

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    Oakland

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    Lighthouse Hotel

    Pacifica

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    Petaluma

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    Pleasanton

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    Redwood City

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    Americania

    San Francisco

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    The Tuscan

    San Francisco

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    Lanai Garden Inn & Suites

    San Jose

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    Airport Plaza

    San Jose

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    Coyote Point Inn

    San Mateo

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    San Mateo

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    Inn Santa Clara

    Santa Clara

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    University Inn Santa Clara

    Santa Clara

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    Santa Cruz

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    Santa Cruz

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    Scotts Valley

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    Sonoma Valley Inn & Krug Event Center

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    Grosvenor Airport Hotel

    South San Francisco

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    Silicon Valley Inn

    Sunnyvale

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    Inn & Suites at Discovery Kingdom

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    Rose Garden Inn

    Watsonville

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