The average American eats nearly two pounds of garlic (in some form or fashion) every year. If you’re not one of them, you can quit reading now because Gilroy is The Garlic Capital of the World. So, if you’re going to visit, you may as well plan your trip around the famous, annual Gilroy Garlic Festival held at the end of July. Located a short drive south of San Jose, the town is considered the southernmost city in the San Francisco Bay Area and is easily reached along U.S. Route 101. Once you’ve gotten your garlic fix you can hit the Gilroy Gardens theme park with more than 40 rides and wildly shaped Circus Trees before sampling local, boutique wines and a tasty variety of tacos along Gilroy’s taco trail. Casa de Fruta, located about 15 miles east of Gilroy, is a large roadside attraction that draws crowds for its amazing selection of fruits, sweets, nuts, wines and other items. Instead of heading back to the city, take in the Wings of History Aircraft Museum in nearby San Martin, then check into CordeValle for luxury accommodations, championship golf and fine dining featuring…you guessed it, lots of fresh garlic.