The City of Richmond has many advantages for travelers. The Port of Richmond offers a wide range of accommodations, great restaurants and shopping centers, historic sites, wonderful parks and gardens, and excellent facilities for recreation. Visitors can take fishing trips, enjoy boating, or play at one of the city's large recreational parks. The Port of Richmond is also very near one of the United States' favorite vacation destinations, San Francisco. The Port of Richmond's Point Richmond is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city where visitors will find a charming Victorian style. The East Brother Lighthouse is one of three wood frame lighthouses left on the United States' Pacific Coast. Opened in 1874, the US Coast Guard operated it from 1939 until 1969 when automation took over.
The Port of Richmond enjoys a mild Mediterranean-type climate throughout the year. A little warmer than coastal San Francisco, it is cooler than inland areas. Temperatures range from an average high of 23 °C (73 °F) in September to an average low of 5 °C (43 °F) in January. Rainy season lasts from October through April, with storms from November to March. The southern parts of the Port of Richmond get more fog, but the city gets 80% sunshine seven months of the year.
Visitors to the Port of Richmond will want to check out the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Park in Marina Bay Park. The Rosie the Riveter Memorial is open all year. Honoring the contribution of American women to World War II, the monument celebrates their highly productive work at the old Kaiser Shipyards, the country's most productive during the war. Women and minorities filled the industrial jobs of men who went to war, and they built the warships helped win the war.
The Port of Richmond's Golden State Model Railroad Museum contains over nine hundred square meters of scale train tracks. Built and operated by the East May Model Engineers Society (EBMES), the museum has model trains running every Sunday afternoon. Located at the Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline Park, the museum is a favorite haunt for model enthusiasts. Founded in 1933, the EBMES is one of the oldest modeling societies in the United States. The museum contains three huge layouts representing scenery and operations typical of those in California. The Tehachapi Loop replicates operations of the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe Railroads. The models include the last great steam locomotives and the latest, most powerful diesels in operation today.
The Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline in the Port of Richmond covers 307 hilly acres where visitors enjoy hiking, biking, outdoor activities, and magnificent views of the north Bay area. It is also home to the model railroad museum just mentioned. The Sobrante Ridge Regional Preserve contains a variety of wildlife and the rare endangered chaparral plant. This 277-acre park boasts hills and woody ravines. Point Pinole Regional Park covers over 2 thousand acres of shoreline where fishers can enjoy their favorite sport on its quarter-mile fishing pier.
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