Taking a day trip from San Ramon to nearby cities is both convenient and a great way to enjoy unique Californian experiences. San Ramon is located in one of the most beautiful regions in Northern California. The area surrounding San Ramon, for example, is a vast natural preserve that blends from one park to the other. Popular beaches are just a little over an hour’s drive. As for famous cities, you can choose between San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Cruz or head out to the world-famous Wine Country to see Napa and Calistoga.
San Ramon is part of Contra Costa County in the East Bay suburb of San Francisco. The picturesque San Ramon Valley lies between Las Trampas Wilderness and Mount Diablo State Park.
A day trip to San Francisco is one of the most enjoyable short getaways if you are in San Ramon. It is less than an hour’s drive or you can park at the Walnut Creek or Dublin/Pleasanton BART Stations and ride the train to San Francisco. On a cloudless (and fogless day) you’ll get a great view of the Pacific Ocean and the Marin Headlands. If it’s foggy, you’ll experience the famous cold weather that is characteristic of San Francisco.
For a classic San Francisco experience, visit the Fisherman's Wharf and order a clam chowder in a bread bowl; then head on to Alamo Square and admire the “Painted Ladies” a row of famous Victorian houses; walk or drive down crooked Lombard Street; or take on the wind and go for an invigorating walk on the Golden Gate Bridge. If you have time, visit Chinatown for a unique exploration of food, shops and sights. The best way to dress for the weather is in layers as temperatures can drop quickly in San Francisco.
For a destination closer to San Ramon with a unique local flavor, you may enjoy San Rafael. You can spend a morning browsing through its many art galleries such as the Garzoli Gallery, Art Works Downtown, and the Aurora Arts Studio. If you are looking for fine dining and gourmet restaurants, you’ll find some of the best local cuisine in San Rafael. At night, San Rafael’s nightlife comes alive with live music, drinks, and dancing at the Broken Drum, George's Nightclub, Sabor of Spain, and the Open Secret.
Sausalito is another exciting destination for a day trip from San Ramon. You’ll see its nautical tradition and attractions in every aspect of this charming town. You can go out to the bay on a boat to enjoy the sea or to fish. Other popular activities are sailing, kayaking, and touring the marinas. SF Bay Whale Watching can get you close to a pod of whales for some wonderful pictures or video. For children, the Bay Model, an education center run by the administration of the Army Corps of Engineers, is a nice way to give them an interactive way to learn about the ocean. The Bay Discovery Museum also gives children a chance to explore many different interactive marine activities.
If you have time, a day trip to Silicon Valley cities Sunnyvale and Santa Clara will take you to the heart of technology innovation. For a glimpse of the history of the area check out the tech museums and historical buildings. Children will enjoy the interactive areas in the museums. Go to Santana Row for a taste of urban chic and trendy fine dining. For an exciting day, go to California’s Great America for some of the most thrilling the roller coaster rides in the area.
While you are in San Ramon, you’ll have an opportunity to discover the many facets of the San Francisco Bay Area from city to coast and beyond. Your adventure doesn’t end here. You can explore several other cities near San Ramon including, Mill Valley, Livermore, and Oakland.