Introduction to Vallejo, California
Vallejo has twice been the capital of California. Once in 1852 for one week, and again in 1853 for one month. The city is named after a Mexican military officer, Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. Vallejo is a city of of nearly 120,000 people located in the Bay Area, near Mare Island, and on the Napa River. Vallejo is located on the southern tip of the Napa Valley, forty minutes north of San Francisco, thirty minutes north of Oakland, and twenty to thirty minutes south of Napa and Sonoma in California wine country.
Vallejo (Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa) was ranked ninth on Inc. magazine's 2004 "Top 25 Cities for Doing Business in America" study in the "Medium Cities" category. Both large nearby large cities, Oakland and San Francisco, were ranked among the top fifteen "Most Fun U.S. Cities" in a study conducted by Cranium, Inc. in 2004.
Vallejo experiences warm summers and cool winters. Average daily temperatures during the summer are in the upper eighties (degrees Fahrenheit), and winters are in the mid fifties to sixty (degrees Fahrenheit).
Vallejo Arts, Culture, and Entertainment
Vallejo residents can easily take advantage of all of the arts and entertainment options of nearby Oakland, San Francisco, and wine country to the north. Some attractions of note in and around Vallejo include:
- The Benicia Historical Museum
- The Mare Island Naval Shipyard
- The Napa Valley Museum
- The Napa Valley Wine Train
- Six Flags Marine World
- Travis Air Force Museum
- The Vacaville Museum
- The Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
- The Vallejo Symphony Orchestra
- The Western Railway Museum
For individuals whose interests turn to professional sports, the Bay Area is home to many professional sports teams, including:
- The Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB).
- The San Francisco Dragons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL).
- The Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL).
- The San Francisco Seals who play in the USL Premier Development League of the United Soccer League (USL).