Danville is gateway to Mount Diablo, a 3,849-foot peak and namesake state park. From the summit, panoramas sweep from the Golden Gate to the High Sierra to the Central Valley. Dublin has the Iron Horse Regional Trail, an old Southern Pacific Railroad route; while Livermore holds The Course at Wente Vineyards, a stunning 18-hole golf oasis designed by Greg Norman.
Livermore Wine and Cycle Tours is the answer if you’re looking to see the vineyards on two wheels. If it’s hot, cool yourself at Lake Del Valle, a 4,395-acre regional park and five-mile lake with hiking, kayaking, fishing, swimming and boating. It is also a great way to hook on to the 28-mile Ohlone Wilderness Trail.
Part of the transcontinental railroad dating to 1866, the Niles Canyon Railway runs excursion train rides between the Niles Depot in Fremont and Sunol, many on steam locomotives. The schedule occasionally features tastings of Livermore Valley wines.
For the eco-curious, the Altamont Pass Wind Farm extends off both sides of Highway 580 near Livermore. And Rolling Stones fans will remember the area as the site of the infamous Altamont Free Concert at the Altamont Speedway, the moment when, many believe, the peace-loving “flower power” era of the 1960s ended.
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The largest stretch of rustic wildness in the East Bay, Ohlone Regional Wilderness encompasses 9,737 acres of wild land accessible only on foot or horseback. The centerpiece is the Ohlone Trail, a remote canyon-traversing path through two watersheds and three regional parks, including Del Valle. In winter, waterfalls abound, while in spring the wildflowers are breathtaking. A permit is required to hike the trails or camp.