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Day Trips: Exploring Danville’s Neighboring Cities

One of the very best things about Danville, California is that it is located in a vibrant area in  Northern California. Danville is in the East Bay Area near San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, and many other cities in the Bay Area.

There are many easy and fun day trips you can take from Danville. The type of day trip you decide upon will depend on what activities you like.

An obvious choice is San Francisco, the City by the Bay, which is close to Danville and a wonderful way to spend a day. You can travel to the city by the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). Since Danville does not have a BART station, you need to go to the station at Walnut Creek which is just eight miles from Danville.

San Francisco has unique sights: the Golden Gate Bridge, Sutro Tower, Lombard Street, and the Painted Ladies. There are street performers who have made quite a name for themselves at Fisherman’s Wharf. Look out for the delightful metallic men and the Tree Man who literally leaps out of a bush to startle people. For a good bowl of creamy clam chowder, head on over to Fisherman’s Wharf. For fine dining try North Beach or the Financial District downtown. If it is great Chinese and Japanese food you crave, go to Chinatown and Japantown respectively both for the food and the ambience.

Walnut Creek is another great day trip. This city has lots of great shopping and is a popular city for dining. For other activities, check out the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Lesher Center for the Arts, and the Ruth Bancroft Garden.

A couple of cities that are known for being great centers of culture and diversity are Oakland and Berkeley. Both cities are near Danville and reachable by BART. These are both urban centers with dining, shops, eclectic boutiques, and theatre.

The Oakland Zoo is among the best in the area with more than 660 native and exotic animals. For a different kind of activity go to the Oakland Museum, Chabot Space and Science Center, and Jack London Square. If you have little ones they will thoroughly enjoy Fairyland, a theme park dedicated to entreating small children.

If you want to stay closer to Danville, another day trip that is fun and relaxing is a trip to Livermore. If you love wine, Livermore is the place for you. The area around Livermore boasts 45 wineries and is home to the oldest region for California wines.

Livermore’s roots in cattle ranching and agriculture remains today as a charming Western ambience. The rodeo in Livermore is well known in the area and has many activities for adults and young riders. Livermore also features a lovely downtown that’s been revitalized. There are  plenty of things to do there, plus shopping in the local boutiques and dining at great restaurants. The city’s arts scene is thriving, and there are many festivals during the year. Livermore also has its own farmers’ market that showcases local handmade products and produce.

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