VISITOR INFORMATION

The scenic Bay Area city of Benicia is unlike any other, with a beautiful waterfront, bustling arts community, top notch shopping and dining, and rich history. With all there is to do in such close proximity, Benicia is a great “strolling” town – just right for couples, families or that perfect girls’ day out. Find your Benicia bliss!

DIRECTIONS & PARKING

Getting to Benicia from points throughout the Bay Area and Sacramento Valley is simple. Located at the southern end of Solano County, the city is easily accessed from the Bay Area and Sacramento Valley.

Following are distances to downtown Benicia from cities within an hour’s drive:

  • 57 miles from Sacramento
  • 35 miles from San Francisco
  • 25 miles from Oakland
  • 25 miles from Fairfield
  • 20 miles from Napa
  • 15 miles from Concord

Driving Directions To Downtown Benicia

Watch for the brown tourism directional signs once on city streets!

From San Francisco
Take I-80 going toward Sacramento. After crossing the Carquinez Bridge near Vallejo, take the I-780 turnoff to Benicia. From I-780. take the East Second Street exit. Turn left on East Second Street, right on Military, then left on First Street.

From Oakland
Take CA-24 East through the Caldecott Tunnel. Take I-680 North to Sacramento. Cross the Benicia-Martinez Bridge. Stay to the far left as you approach the toll booth. Take I-780 to Benicia/Vallejo. From I-780, take the East Second Street exit. Turn left on East Second Street, right on Military, then left on First Street.

From Concord/Walnut Creek/San Jose
Take I-680 North toward Sacramento. Cross the Benicia/Martinez Bridge. Stay to the far left as you approach the toll booth. Take I-780 to Benicia/Vallejo. From I-780, take the East Second Street exit. Turn left on East Second Street, right on Military, then left on First Street.

From Napa
Take CA-121 South to CA-221 South. Turn right. Take a left onto CA-12 East/CA-29 South. Merge onto CA-37 East toward I-80 West toward San Francisco. Take the I-780 East exit. From I-780, take the East Second Street exit. Turn left on East Second Street, right on Military, then left on First Street.

From Marin County
Cross the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. After one mile, go north on the Richmond Parkway. Take I-80 North over the Carquinez Bridge. After crossing the Carquinez Bridge near Vallejo, take the I-780 exit to Benicia. From I-780, take the East Second Street exit. Turn left on East Second Street, right on Military, then left on First Street.

From Sacramento
Take I-80 going west toward San Francisco. After traveling through Fairfield, take the I-680 exit to Benicia/San Jose. Before the Benicia-Martinez Bridge, take I-780 to Benicia/Vallejo. From I-780, take the East Second Street exit. Turn left on East Second Street, right on Military, then left on First Street.

 

Parking

Once you get to Benicia, you’ll find plenty of free street parking, plus parking lots on E Street and B Street downtown.

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TOP 10 REASONS TO VISIT BENICIA

To help plan your many visits (there really is too much to see in one trip!), we’ve compiled the “Top Ten Reasons to Visit Benicia”:

Because of its appeal, easy access and central location, Benicia has become a favorite destination for relaxing day trips. Discover all that Benicia has to offer, and you’re sure to have “A Great Day by the Bay!”

VISITOR CENTERS

Benicia has four facilities that serve as visitor centers to assist you with questions about things to do or see in Benicia. At the visitor centers listed below, you’ll find guides, maps and literature that will help enhance your visit. (Please note that each center has varying days and hours of operation):

Benicia Main Street
90 First St, Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 745-9791

Benicia Chamber of Commerce
601 First St #100, Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 745-2120

Benicia Historical Museum
2060 Camel Rd, Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 745-5435

Arts Benicia
991 Tyler St # 114, Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 747-0131

WHERE TO STAY

Best Western Plus Heritage Inn
1955 E Second Street, Benicia, CA 94510

Holiday Inn Express
1375 E Fifth St, Benicia, CA 94510

The Inn at Benicia Bay
145 East D Street, Benicia, CA 94510

Shorelight Inn
153 W E St, Benicia, CA 94510

Union Hotel
401 First St, Benicia, CA 94510

GROUP TRAVEL

HISTORY
Benicia Historical Museum, 2060 Camel Road: Groups can tour the Benicia Historical Museum Tuesdays to Fridays between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. by appointment. The time allowed for a tour to the Museum is 60 to 90 minutes and encompasses the main museum on the second floor of the Captain Charles P. Stone Hall and the Silas Casey Building, home to the museum’s industrial exhibit. If your group would also like to tour the building known as The Powder Magazine, please allow an additional 30 minutes. To reserve a tour time, go to http://beniciahistoricalmuseum.org/tours/.

Benicia Capitol State Historic Park and Fischer-Hanlon House, 115 West G Street: Guided tours are offered by appointment. (707) 745-3385.

ART GLASS
Lindsay Art Glass is open to group tours by appointment, and includes glass-blowing demonstrations. Please call ahead.

Lindsay Art Glass
109 East F Street
(707) 748-1336

HISTORIC CRAFTS
Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers specializes in handmade historical wallpaper used for restorations in the Victorian, Arts & Crafts and Modernism styles. Tours can be scheduled by appointment by calling (707) 746-1900.

For further ideas, look at our Suggested Itineraries.