The Bay Area is a diverse region on the West Coast that includes must-visit cities like San Francisco and San Jose. The Bay Area’s scenic beauty, cultural attractions and outdoor activities make it the perfect destination for your next vacation. Here, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the bay from nearby beaches and parks, while also appreciating the culture, art and cuisine of some of the most interesting cities in the United States.
Enjoy easy and comfortable bus trips to cities like San Francisco and San Jose at unbeatable prices on board of our green buses and enjoy free Wi-Fi on your way. Need some inspiration for your next vacation? Check out our must-see spots in the Bay Area below.
Originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific exhibition, this San Francisco landmark is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Designed by Architect Bernard R. Maybeck to resemble Roman and Greek ruins, the Palace of Fine Arts was originally never intended to be permanent but to be dismantled after the exhibition. Therefore, a majority of the original building did not last long except for the palace’s rotunda. Due to the building’s decay, it was renovated in the late 1960s’ to ensure that future generations would be able to appreciate the beauty for many years to come.
The Palace has had many uses over the past 100 years. It was used as a storage house during the World Wars, a science museum and nowadays as a theatre and location for special events and exhibitions.
The Palace of Fine Arts and its idyllic surroundings are the perfect place for you to relax, have a picnic and take amazing photographs. The building is after all one of the most photographed landmarks in San Francisco. You can catch a show at the theatre almost any night of the week, so make sure to check online to see what is playing during your visit to San Francisco. You can also head to the area at night and see the palace lit up.
Located in Golden Gate park, the Palace of Fine Arts is in walking distance to stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can catch public transportation from Downtown or Fisherman’s wharf and it will only take you about 20 minutes to reach the palace.
The Palace of Fine Arts is regarded as such an iconic location of San Francisco that a replica was made for the Northern California section of Disneyland’s California Adventure theme park.
The Winchester Mystery House is a unique attraction located in San Jose, California. The house was once the residence of Sarah Winchester, widow of the famous gun manufacturer William Winchester whose guns were said to have “won the West”. The house is known not only for its size, but also for its eccentric architecture and mysterious history. Construction of the house began in 1886 and continued until Sarah’s death in 1922.
Sarah Winchester was the only architect of the estimated 160 room mansion and she designed the house without any masterplan or blueprints. This lead to her issuing some very bizarre instructions to her construction crew which included staircases leading to nowhere, doors that open into walls, skylights in the floor and a door on the second floor that opens to a 12ft drop.
There are many rumours as to why she built this house in such an unusual fashion. One of the most bizarre theories is that Sarah Winchester was haunted by ghosts that were killed by Winchester rifles and that a medium supposedly told her that stopping the construction of the house would lead to her death. Legend says that the labyrinth of rooms was meant to confuse the ghosts and allow Sarah to escape them. However, some historians say that the construction was a tribute to her husband’s memory, that she loved architecture, or perhaps that she just had too much money to spend.
When you visit the Winchester Mystery house, you can explore 110 of the 160 rooms on one of the house’s guided tours including Sarah Winchester’s bedroom, the Séance room and the Grand Ballroom. On the tour you will learn more about the house and its owner and afterwards you will be able to judge for yourself whether the house is really haunted or not. On Halloween and every Friday the 13th, special after dark tours are offered.
The story of the house and Sarah Winchester inspired the 2018 horror movie Winchester starring Helen Mirren and Jason Clarke!
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