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San Mateo is one of the bay cities on the San Francisco peninsula, known for its charming downtown region and fun family activities. The CuriOdyssey is one of the highlights, an interactive science museum with a particular focus on rescuing wildlife. Elsewhere in San Mateo you’ll find serene recreation areas by the waters of the bay, and independent stores throughout the city center.

San Mateo is an ideal launching point for exploring the rest of the Bay Area. To pack in as much as possible on your San Mateo vacation, rent a car through Orbitz and take day trips to nearby destinations.

San Mateo and beyond: Beautiful bay cities

San Mateo’s famous neighbors are all exciting destinations worth multiple trips. Here are three nearby cities to explore in your rental car.

San Francisco

The City by the Bay is constantly buzzing with cultural activity and exciting events. Stroll through the vast Golden Gate Park to find art galleries chock-full of masterpieces, and a thrilling science museum for all ages. Elsewhere, discover independent cinemas, historic hotels, world-famous ice creams, and gorgeous town houses.

Journey time: Around 35 minutes

Distance: Approximately 20 miles

San Jose

San Jose is one of the hubs of Silicon Valley, a growing city famed for its innovative spirit. The Tech Museum is one of the biggest attractions, charting the story of technology and what it can achieve. The city’s historic downtown is a fun place to relax, while the Winchester Mystery House offers a spooky journey through a quirky mansion full of hidden passageways and secrets.

Journey time: Around 40 minutes

Distance: Approximately 35 miles


Drive over the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge for unrivaled views of the bay and the cities that cluster around its edges. From there, drive north to the increasingly cool city of Oakland. Come here to watch the Raiders play football, or to visit the superb Oakland Museum of California. The multifaceted museum features a thorough and engaging history of the state, as well as art from across the region.

Journey time: Around 45 minutes

Distance: Approximately 40 miles