Located between Palo Alto and San Carlos, Redwood City sits in the heart of Silicon Valley in California. It's the seat of San Mateo County, and the county courthouse and jail are located here. Some of the 80,000 plus residents work at local companies including Oracle and Electronic Arts, while others commute to nearby towns to work at places like Google. The city is home to the only deepwater port in the Bay Area outside of San Francisco. Due to recent attempts to revitalize the downtown, there is currently a walkable area with the refurbished Fox Theatre, restaurants, and shops.
SamTrans buses run along the El Camino Real north to Belmont and San Mateo and south to Menlo Park and Palo Alto. There are also buses that run around Redwood City. The Caltrain can take riders to San Francisco and San Jose. To get to the Hayward, Oakland and other areas of the East Bay, it's easiest to drive.
The weather in Redwood City is pleasant, so much so that its motto is "Climate best by government test." Expect warm, dry summers with highs around 82°F (27°C), and cool, wet winters with high temperatures around 60°F (15°C).
Top sights and attractions
San Mateo County History Museum
Located in the old county courthouse and run by the local historical association, this museum offers visitors a look at the county's history. Guests can tour exhibits about the native Ohlone people, immigration to the county, and original commuter railroads. Admission is $6 for adults.