Few places in California have as distinct a reputation or such an unusual attraction as Colma in San Francisco. Renowned for being the “Town of the Dead” or the “City of the silent, you may think this is a destination to avoid, but on the contrary, Colma is a hugely popular destination for tourists and locals alike. In fact, have you ever been to a place where the dead dominates the living? Well, Colma is famous for having more dead souls, than the number of living in the town, and humorously, officials have started to market their town with the motto, “it’s great to be alive in Colma.”
Colma is perfect for families given the short travel time from San Francisco, and the interesting stories which form a backdrop for the town. You will also find a variety of Motor Inn Hotels and restaurants here, but the real attraction is the range of unique and interesting things to do in Colma. As with the reputation of the previous famous residents, whether you visit McCloskey’s Castle or the resting place of western gunslinger Wyatt Earl, the many stories you should encounter in Colma will linger long after you leave.
Residents from San Francisco, California have quick access to the town of Colma, for it is situated just a twenty-minute drive from the city center. At the same time, maybe you want to leave the car at home, and in which case, there is reliable train and bus transportation which can take you directly into the heart of Colma.
Departing from the city center of San Francisco, the most convenient way to reach Colma is by taking the US – 101 out of town until you reach exit 431 which will allow you to connect with the Interstate 280. From here it is just a short twenty-minute drive before taking exit 48 and driving toward Eastmoor Avenue. If you then follow the signs for Mission Street and turn right onto Sullivans Avenue, and then Washington Street, you will cross over the Interstate highway onto San Pedro Road. From here, take a right turn when you Mission Street which will take you right into the center of Colma.