For many travelers, a road trip on I-80 through Solano County is to be endured and not enjoyed. But while it may not be as photogenic as Highway 1, nor as efficient as Interstate 5, a journey on I-80 can still delight and surprise. From burgers and beans to the serenity of nature, here are a few detours worth taking to make your I-80 journey a little more interesting.
Vallejo, California Stops
In Vallejo’s historic downtown, Good Day Cafe serves up all-day breakfast and comfort food classics to a grateful clientele of locals—some of whom have burgers named after them. Plate-sized pancakes and golden brown French toast will keep the kids happy, but adults in need of serious fuel should look no further than the Hungry Harry, a mind-boggling combo of five eggs, five strips of bacon, 10 silver-dollar pancakes, and hasbrowns or country potatoes.
Walk off your meal by strolling a few blocks to the Vallejo Naval & Historic Museum, where visitors get an intimate look at the history of Vallejo and adjacent Mare Island, the nation’s oldest Naval shipyard west of the Mississippi. History and naval buffs alike will appreciate the richly detailed, quarter-scale model of the bow of the U.S.S. Saginaw (the first ship to be built on Mare Island), while youngsters will enjoy peeping at the rooftops of Vallejo through the lens of an actual submarine periscope.