Benicia is a waterside city in Solano County, California, located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. It served as the state capital for nearly thirteen months from 1853 to 1854. The city is located along the north bank of the Carquinez Strait.
The main retail area in Benicia is First Street, which attracts out-of-town antique and boutique shoppers and those seeking small-town, historic charm. In 1987 Benicia was selected to participate in the California Main Street Program.
Sites of Benicia include:
- Third capitol of California, a restored building and interpretive historic materials
- Glass Beach is an unusual beach that is abundant in sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of the coastline.
- A segment of the bicycle/pedestrian San Francisco Bay Trail runs through the Benicia State Recreational Area and downtown Benicia
- Benicia Main Street: First Street-Shopping, Dining and Business district
- Alverez 9th Street Park has boat landing, beach area and a playground for kids.