- Gävle is the county seat and largest city.
- Sandviken is an industrial town, known for steel and bandy.
- Järvsö, a ski resort
Gästrikland and Hälsingland are the gateway to Norrland, mostly covered by hilly forests.
- SJ trains go from Stockholm and stop at the Arlanda airport.
The county is sparsely populated, and preferrably travelled by car. The E4 is the dominant highway, though smaller roads are more scenic.
- X-trafik local trains and buses.
- The Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland — a UNESCO World Heritage Listing consisting of seven traditional farms.
With milder climate and higher population density than northern Norrland, but still with large tracts of nature, Gävleborg is great for outdoor life, with beaches, ski resorts and deep forests. Watching sport is a pastime; ice hockey in Gävle, and bandy in Sandviken and Bollnäs.
As the only major city, Gävle has opportunities for shopping and nightlife.
Gävleborg is also famous for its folk culture, with similarities to neighbouring province Dalarna. Delsbostämman and Hälsingehambon are annual events.