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The San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau can mail you brochures, maps, and festivals and events listings. Once you're in town, you can stop by the bureau's info center near Union Square. Information about the Wine Country, redwood groves, and northwestern California is available at the California Welcome Center on Pier 39.
The Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau provides an extensive events calendar and detailed suggestions, which you can download online by going to www.visitberkeley.com.
Oakland's Convention and Visitors Bureau also has an extensive website; call the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org to order a 60-page guide to be sent by mail.
For information about Marin County and the state and national parks within it, visit the Marin County, California Visitors Bureau in Larkspur or online at www.visitmarin.org.
San Francisco Visitor Information Center (Hallidie Plaza, lower level, 900 Market St., at Powell St., Union Square, San Francisco, CA, 94102. 415/391–2000 TDD. www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com.)
Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau (2030 Addison St., #102, Berkeley, CA, 94704. 800/847-4823 or 510/549-7040. www.visitberkeley.com.)
Marin County, California Visitors Bureau (1 Mitchell Blvd., Ste. B, at Redwood Hwy., San Rafael, CA, 94903. 415/925-2060 or 866/925-2060. www.visitmarin.org.)
Oakland Convention and Visitors Bureau (463 11th St., at Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94607. 510/839-9000. www.oaklandcvb.com.)
San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau (408 Almaden Blvd., at Balbach St., San Jose, CA, 95110. 800/726-5673 or 408/295-9600. www.sanjose.org.)
California Travel and Tourism Commission (P.O. Box 1499, Sacramento, CA, 95812. 877/225-4367 or 916/444-4429. www.visitcalifornia.com.)
California Welcome Center (2nd level, Pier 39, San Francisco, CA, 94133. 415/981-1280. www.visitcwc.com.)
This comprehensive website, www.sfcityscape.com, posts a link to every local publication, cultural institution, and government agency in the Bay Area.
For local politics and news, there's the online presence of the major daily newspaper, www.sfgate.com/chronicle, as well as www.fogcityjournal.com. Current arts and cultural events are detailed on the extensive events calendar of www.sfstation.com or the San Francisco Chronicle's online entertainment website, www.sfgate.com/eguide.
For more cost-conscious, on-the-pulse guidance, visit www.sfcheap.com. You can browse articles from San Francisco, a monthly glossy, at www.sanfran.com. The annual summer issues on "bests" (restaurants, activities, and so on) are handy overviews. SF Weekly's site, www.sfweekly.com, makes for good browsing.
Where's the Wi-Fi? Click on www.wififreespot.com to see where you can log on in the Bay Area for free.
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