Did You Know?
In 1850, General Mariano Vallejo offered the California State Legislature to build a state capitol on 156 acres of donated land along with $370,000 toward costs to build a new city called “Eureka.” A state-wide referendum on the matter was held in late 1850, and the proposal was accepted in its entirety, with one change - the city would be called "Vallejo," after its founder.
Northern California’s Modern Renaissance City
The City of Vallejo is experiencing a modern renaissance. There are signs everywhere of commercial and cultural renewal, renovation and redevelopment. Our small-town atmosphere, our sense of purpose, our wonderfully diverse community and our great spirit embody the best elements of the past, present and future of California.
Vallejo is a Bay Area city that combines a beautiful waterfront with an historic downtown core. Our rapidly growing community includes prime commercial and residential opportunities in four major areas: Downtown Vallejo, Mare Island, Northgate and the Waterfront.
Vallejo is strategically located midway between San Francisco and Sacramento, and the city’s proximity to UC-Berkeley and UC-Davis is a major plus to locating in Vallejo. Vallejo is host to three of its own colleges – Touro University, the California Maritime Academy and Solano Community College – that provide great opportunities for higher education for our students.
Vallejo is home to an abundance of recreational opportunities. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, one of the world’s only combination wildlife, oceanarium and theme parks, continues to add new attractions and shows. The Greater Vallejo Recreation District operates 38 parks and facilities open to the public, Our golfing is second to none, with Hiddenbrooke Golf Club, Mare Island Golf Course and Blue Rock Spring providing three challenging and scenic courses anyone can play. And located at scenic Vallejo Waterfront, the Vallejo Yacht Club has been a landmark in Vallejo and for yachtsmen of San Francisco Bay since the turn of the century.
For commuters and travelers, Vallejo is also home to the Vallejo Baylink Ferry, a high-speed catamaran service that is the best way to avoid gridlock and enjoy fast, comfortable and reliable service to and from San Francisco. Interstate Highways 80, 780 and 680, as well as State Highways 29 and 37 provide convenient access for commuters and employees, as well as efficient distribution for commercial freight. Add to that a network of city buses that offer connections to BART and other Bay Area cities, and Vallejo is an easy commute to or from the entire region.