While San Francisco is often considered the crème de la crème of California life, the environs to its east are typically thought of as a low-rent alternative. That's a shame, because vacation bundles to Walnut Creek, California, can prove every bit as enchanting as a sojourn in the Golden Gate City. With more open space per person than any other city in the state, Walnut Creek is a great getaway for nature lovers, gourmands, and families alike.
After you've arrived at one of the hotels in Walnut Creek, CA, check in and take a moment to marvel at nearby Mount Diablo. Visitors can easily surmount its 3,800-foot-tall summit, enjoying a view that stretches for 200 miles when the weather's clear, and the visitor center opens at 10 a.m. every day of the week. History buffs should enjoy learning about the area's past at the Shadelands Ranch Historical Museum. Families with young children will love the live animal encounters at The Lindsay Wildlife Museum, and little railway enthusiasts ought to see the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society's Diablo Valley Lines, a permanent model railway next to Larkey Park that boasts over 4,300 feet of track. Want to do a little shopping? Broadway Plaza features more than 35 retailers.
Once you've worked up an appetite, don't settle for a fast meal at the various Walnut Creek hotels. The city made Livability's list of Top 10 Best Foodie Cities, and it's no wonder. With more than 100 restaurants and nightclubs, you certainly won't go hungry. Search out steakhouses, fish, Cuban cuisine, sushi, crepes, and pan-Asian food around the intersection of Mount Diablo Boulevard and North California Boulevard, as well as taverns, dance clubs, sports bars, and wine bars.
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