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San Ramon, California: Surrounding Areas

San Ramon is located in the county of Contra Costa in the East Bay suburb of San Francisco. The picturesque city lies in the San Ramon Valley, between Las Trampas Wilderness and Mount Diablo State Park. The areas surrounding San Ramon and neighboring cities are some of the most beautiful areas in northern California. Popular natural attractions and amusement parks bring visitors who are looking for recreation near urban areas. A trip to the area around San Ramon is a great way to experience the beauty and unique attractions of the area.

San Ramon is less than an hour’s drive to San Francisco, one of the most popular destinations for travelers around the world. On a clear day you’ll see for miles around to the Pacific Ocean and the Marin Headlands; on a foggy day, you’ll experience the cold weather that is characteristic of San Francisco. Visit the Fisherman's Wharf, Alamo Square and the "7 Sisters”; walk or drive down the crookedest road at Lombard Street; or take an invigorating walk on the Golden Gate Bridge with the wind whipping around you. Make sure to dress in layers as the weather can change quickly.

There are several other cities near San Ramon including, Mill Valley, San Rafael, and Sausalito to the north and Santa Clara and Sunnyvale in Silicon Valley to the south. San Rafael has many art galleries to wander through such as the Garzoli Gallery, Art Works Downtown, and the Aurora Arts Studio. Theater enthusiasts will enjoy watching a performance at the Belmont Theater. When it comes to nightlife, San Rafael’s clubs and bars include the Broken Drum, George's Nightclub, Sabor of Spain, and the Open Secret which are known for its live music, drinks, and dancing.

Sausalito offers some of the best nautical attractions such as the Bay Model, an education center that is under the administration of the Army Corps of Engineers. A trip with SF Bay Whale Watching will leave you with once-in-a-lifetime memories. Boating, sailing, kayaking, and touring the marinas are other ways to get close to the bay. Another wonderfully entertaining place for children is the Bay Discovery Museum where they can get their hands on many different interactive activities.

In Silicon Valley, you can explore the history of the area from tech museums, historical buildings and interactive areas for children. If you have a thrill seeker in your group, spend a day at California’s Great America where the roller coaster rides will leave you breathless.

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 much more.