Find Local California and Sunshine in the Tri-Valley
For a different spin on the tourist routine, venture to Northern California's Tri-Valley in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Here, you'll find local California and classic American charm, with an undeniable wine heritage. Graced with spectacular views of surrounding golden hills, Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, and Danville are bustling with events, restaurants, cafes, galleries, theaters, shops, and sunshine.
The city of Pleasanton embodies the example of "Local California," with its walkable downtown, al fresco dining, boutiques and delicious ice cream options. The welcoming banner over Main Street in front of the Museum on Main is just the right spot for a photo. Make time to enjoy a California fresh meal and stroll Main Street. If you visit over a weekend, be sure to check out the Farmers' Market, open year round on Saturdays. Bike-friendly Pleasanton is full of parks, with access to the Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park for hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. At the intersection of I-580 and 680, Pleasanton is located conveniently on the route from San Francisco to Yosemite.
From an energetic downtown to wide open spaces, Livermore is only an hour's drive from San Francisco and home to geniuses, cowboys and wine aficionados. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is located here, and downtown Livermore is an award-winning example of a revitalized city center, filled with live entertainment, fun restaurants, and one-of-a-kind shops. The Bankhead Theater offers top level performances, and there's not a bad seat in the house! Home to multiple stops on the Tri-Valley Beer Trail, Livermore is a gateway to wine country with almost 60 wineries in the Livermore Valley. And don't forget to visit the 180 stores in California's largest outdoor outlet center, San Francisco Premium Outlets, located on the way into town.
One of the fastest-growing cities in California, Dublin is home to some of the best ethnic cuisine in the Bay Area. You'll question your GPS when you visit Ulferts Center and treat your tastebuds to one of their 13 exquisite restaurants, from Afghan to Chinese to Thai. Families love the new, state-of-the-art aquatics center, The Wave, as well as the giant IMAX movie theater. The Tri-Valley Beer Trail weaves right through Dublin, with tap after tap of craft beer and bites to impress any palate. Download your free Brew Trail passport and hop to it!
Tri-Valley's northernmost town, Danville, will take you back to the good ol' days, when the livin' was easier. Its adorable downtown, bursting with farm-to-table restaurants and chic boutiques, gives new meaning to the word "stroll." Start the morning with a visit to the Blackhawk Auto Museum, perfect for car-lovers and those who like sparkly things. Head upstairs and see firsthand The Spirit of the Old West museum and then catch a shuttle at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley for a trip to playwright Eugene O'Neill's beautifully preserved Tao House. From there, you'll have a great view of Mt. Diablo, where real "Tri-Venturers" cycle or drive up nearly 4,000 feet for views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and - on clear days - Yosemite's Half Dome.
For more information on things to do in the Tri-Valley, please visit VisitTriValley.com, where you'll also find planning tools and resources, and dining and hotel suggestions.