East Bay Excursions
Collected by Andi Fisher, AFAR Local Expert
Mt Diablo, California 94598, USA
On a clear day, Mount Diablo yields some incredible views in the country. Literally, it has one of the highest viewsheds in the U.S. The state-designated trail can get confusing-- our group ended "hiking" for a long period of time up the road to...
Lafayette Reservoir, Lafayette, CA 94549, USA
Lafayette Reservoir means tail-wagging fun to man's best friend for a 2.7 mile walk around the lake. For those who want to get their heart pumping, the Rim Trail offers a serious workout of up and down hills. But if you want to cast a line into...
3287 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549, USA
While it's true that the Lafayette Park Hotel is the best hotel in town; I must confess that it's also our ONLY hotel in Lafayette. That being said, the Duck Club restaurant has great drinks (sit by the fire and stay awhile) a lovely outdoor...
53 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette, CA 94549, USA
Looking for great comfort food at reasonable prices? Chow Restaurant is a small Bay Area chain that serves good, organic food. With two locations in San Francisco, and two in the East Bay, my personal favorite to chow down is in Lafayette's La...
1245 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, USA
Gelateria Naia has a few locations around the Bay Area, CA and use local ingredients to produce some of the most amazing gelato I've ever had. With flavors that range from corn, to local blood orange sorbet, to cioccolato mortale (which speaks for...
90 Railroad Ave, Danville, CA 94526, USA
This little coffeehouse and kitchen is located in the historic Danville Hotel. I have to say, with so many great places in the San Francisco Bay Area to get local homemade food, this has to be in the top. All the recipes come from the owner and...
1345 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501, USA
Going to Burma while staying in the Bay area is not an impossibility thanks to the Burmese restaurant Burma Superstar. Their rainbow salad, which includes tea leaf, is pure heaven. They have several locations in the Bay area.
2501 Grizzly Peak Boulevard, Orinda, CA 94563, USA
This is my favorite 30-35 mile ride in the East Bay, and spring and fall are the times to see the colors really pop. Make your way up and out of Berkeley on Spruce and head straight on Wildcat Canyon to enter the majestic Tilden park, when you hit...
1523 Giammona Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, USA
I can definitely say I have a soft spot for this place. Their service is fabulous, and their food is even better!! From 5-7:00pm (Tuesday-Sunday) they have $4 appetizers, $5 sushi rolls, and $3-6 beers/cocktails. If you go there, you HAVE to try...
6702 Hollis St, Emeryville, CA 94608, USA
A dear friend and her Bourbon loving husband shared this favorite local bar with me last year and it's become our official venue for get together gatherings in the East Bay, ever since. In the words of their owners, Prizefighter has certainly been...
Oakland, CA 94611, USA
Looking for a great afternoon or evening hike, high above the clouds of the East Bay? Need a few good labyrinths and a volcano to make it desirable? It so happens, I've found your place. Located on the border of Oakland and Contra Costa, the...
2375 Shore Line Dr, Alameda, CA 94501, USA
The Sushi House in Alameda sits right on the shoreline looking across the bay to San Francisco. It's a large restaurant with a choice for sitting - indoor protected patio, main dining area or large sushi bar - wherever you choose the sushi is...
1414 Harbour Way S #3000, Richmond, CA 94804, USA
Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond celebrates an era of women's history with great historical impact. A spot dedicated to the stories of WWII wartime prep that is a significant part of the history in this area of the East Bay. It was a naval...
5175 Somersville Rd, Antioch, CA 94509, USA
About a mile uphill from the parking lot in Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve lies Rose Hill Cemetery. This peaceful resting ground served several coal mining communities during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Little to nothing of the mining...
Wildcat Canyon Rd, Orinda, CA 94563, USA
You'll love the views you'll have of the EBMUD Watershed while you're hiking or mountain biking along Nimitz Way in both Wildcat Canyon Regional Park and Tilden Regional Park. The views really open up once you're in the area considered the Bay...
60 Monarch Bay, San Leandro, CA 94577, USA
Horatio's is an institution in the East Bay. Located on the San Leandro Marina it has gorgeous views of the bay (and you can fantasize about which sailboat is yours). They serve really great seafood in a relaxing atmosphere and has a lively bar,...
50 S Livermore Ave, Livermore, CA 94550, USA
Before an afternoon full of wine tasting in the Livermore Valley wine country, I was looking for a quick but tasty stop for lunch. When I travel, I always seek out small, family-owned establishments, and fortunately Casse-Croute Bakery was just...
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