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Questions tagged [northern-california]

Also known as NorCal, the northern half of the US state of California, with San Jose and San Francisco being the largest cities of the area. Most of the population resides in the SF Bay Area (which goes as south as Santa Cruz). Includes Yosemite National Park, Sacramento (the state's capital city) and Lake Tahoe. Major airports include SJC, SFO, OAK, SAC.

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Which Caltrain stations only have parking for Caltrain train customers only?

Which Caltrain stations only have parking for Caltrain train customers only? http://www.caltrain.com/riderinfo/Parking.html indicates which Caltrain stations have parking (e.g. http://www.caltrain....
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How does Caltrain check whether cars parked at Caltrain stations belong to Caltrain customers?

I read on http://www.caltrain.com/riderinfo/Parking.html (mirror): Parking is available for Caltrain customers at most Caltrain stations. How does Caltrain check whether cars parked at Caltrain ...
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Travelling to areas affected by wildfires

Is there a way to know two weeks beforehand whether it's safe or desirable to travel to an area currently affected by wildfires? I have a holiday booked in Northern California and Southern Oregon ...
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What are good alternative hotel locations in Yosemite National Park area?

We're planning a Bay Area trip in May-June and our route takes us near Yosemite, which is some place I've always wanted to visit, and so we want to stay about three to four nights in the area, ideally ...
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Unknown beach in California

I am planning a road trip along the coast from Portland to San Francisco. I read about a small secluded beach somewhere between Fort Bragg California and San Francisco (I think). I google mapped it ...
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Are DUI checks more lenient in Napa County?

Tourists typically don't go to Napa County to drink water. I heard that DUI checks more lenient in Napa County than in other parts of California. Is that true? Lenient -> fewer checks, the actual ...
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driving from LA to San Francisco [closed]

I will be travelling from L.A. to San Francisco in later February 2015. I will have my little boy 10 months old and my mother in law (65) with me. I was wondering, if someone can suggest some routes, ...
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Least visited National Park - Memorial Weekend, N. California

I understand that parks such as Yosemite are expected to reach a visitor peak on the upcoming memorial day weekend, and are thus best avoided if one does not enjoy hiking in a crowd. What national ...
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Public transport connections to San Francisco after Caltrain stops running

Let's say I'm in Mountain View (next to the Caltrain station) and it's 11:00 pm. Or, equivalently, in Palo Alto or Menlo Park, and it's a little past 11. Is there any way to get to central San ...
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How difficult is it to catch a taxi in Napa, California?

I would like to know if it easy/possible to get a taxi cab in Napa, California. A quick internet search brings up Yellow Cab of Napa Valley. But I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with ...
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Food or drinks on VTA Light Rail

Rules vary in the different Bay Area train systems - Caltrain allows patron to bring food & drinks and consume them onboard, while BART doesn't. In the case of VTA, the policy on buses is mostly-...
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Planning a visit to the Redwood Forests?

I'm landing at the Arcata/Eureka airport (Northern California) and renting a car, but that's where I stop knowing what to do-- there are five parks within a short driving distance of that airport: ...
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Getting from Emeryville, CA to Mountain View, CA with significant luggage

Suppose that I am in Emeryville, CA, USA at 4-5 PM, having just stepped off the Amtrak California Zephyr train. How can I get to western Mountain View, CA with luggage including a large suitcase (28" ×...
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Traveling to Yosemite: Self-drive roadtrip vs group tour

Travel.SE, this is my first time being here, I am gonna go to Yosemite late this May with my mom. Based on the current knowledge of traveling to Yosemite based on Google, either I would rent a car ...
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What is the cheapest time of year to fly from New York to San Jose/San Francisco?

I haven't been to California since I was a baby, but I have no particular reason / occasion that I want to go for. I'd like to go to the San Jose - San Francisco area; since the weather there is often ...
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Is there a bus from San Francisco to Sonoma?

I had heard that one existed, but I can't seem to find it online. I'll be near Chinatown, but I can take BART to anywhere in the city to catch a bus. A cheap train would also work.