Everyone knows about San Francisco's role as a staging ground for enterprising 49ers during California's Gold Rush. But few are aware that people called Daly City, California, home years before yellow ore made The Golden Gate City boom—over four-thousand years before, to be exact. Today, the area's indigenous Ohlone people are long gone, and the place has become a picturesque suburban extension of San Francisco. A vacation to Daly City is a great way to see the less-visited side of The Golden State and escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
After you've arrived at one of the many Daly City hotels, settle in and get ready to see what the area has to offer. Check the event calendar at Cow Palace, which hosts rodeos, sustainable-living expos, performing-arts fairs, and gun shows. Float high above the landscape on a hot air balloon or hike around it at San Bruno Mountain State Park, which offers 2,326 acres of cross-country rambling. Many immigrants from Southeast Asia call Daly City home, and you can sample traditional Filipino breads at local bakeries, view a Polynesian dance revue, and even take ethnic dance lessons if you're staying for a while. Families with children should consider a day trip to the San Francisco Zoo or the Randall Museum, both only just a half-dozen miles from town.
When your stomach starts rumbling, think beyond the buffets at hotels in Daly City, CA. There's a surprisingly diverse array of restaurants in this modest metro area. Cruising Mission Street yields Chinese, Burmese, and Mexican eateries, as well as locations offering pizza and burgers. Exits immediately off of I-280 offer deli-style sandwiches, upscale chophouses, taquerias, and lots of fast-food options.
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