Fringed with freeways and light-industry along the bayshore, capped with the East Bay Regional Parks’ network of nature trails, with a world-famous university in between—that’s a quick sketch of the region immediately across the bay from, and due east of, San Francisco. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system conveniently accesses these popular commuter communities.
Oakland boasts Major League Baseball’s Athletics, a world-renowned zoo, an innovative arts scene, a vibrant downtown neighborhood, plus an entertaining mix of live music, pubs and boating marinas at Jack London Square.
Nearby, the Berkeley campus of the University of California - Berkeley offers a warren of shops, pubs and fast-food, along with superb bookstores and music stores. Slow food holds sway in Berkeley, served with a mantra of “local, seasonal and sustainable.’’ In Richmond, Rosie the Riveter's legacy is remembered at a national park.
To the northeast of San Francisco, nearby Solano County, including the communities of Vallejo, Fairfield, and Vacaville, offers a popular amusement park, fun family attractions, and more. You can find a Mediterranean climate, growing high-end commercial and residential developments, and a historic jazz festival in Contra Costa County's Concord and Walnut Creek.
Inland, the Tri-Valley area of Pleasanton, Livermore, Danville and Dublin boasts historic small towns, one of America's oldest wine regions, an emerging craft beer scene, and the center of sunny, "local" California.
Sitting at the crossroads of the inland routes to the Sacramento and Yosemite regions, the city of Stockton is also the gateway to the Central Valley. Find minor league sports, one of the oldest universities in the state, and a burgeoning wine scene in the region.