Nestled against the north bank of the Carquinez Strait, Benicia is home to a wealth of history, including serving as the state capital for about a year.
The town of about 28,000 residents is home to entertainment, restaurants, shopping and a regular ghost walk.
First Street separates the east and west sides of Benicia. An industrial park and neighborhoods north of Interstate 780 are included.
Some of its Solano County siblings are easily accessed off Interstate 80, but Benicia is reached by traveling Interstates 680 or 780.
Founded in 1847, the city was the first in the state settled by Anglo-Americans and the first to be incorporated.
Its first given name was Francisca after Gen. Mariano C. Vallejo’s wife. When Yerba Buena became San Francisco, the name was changed to Benicia, the middle name of Vallejo’s wife.
The city is home to a thriving art community, many who live in the historic arsenal area, which dates back to 1849. The Clock Tower Fortress, also in the arsenal, built in 1859, is open for many community functions.
Number of Hotels/Motels: 3
Number of rooms: 161
Contact: Benicia Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, 707-745-2120, www.beniciachamber.com