Pleasanton, CA was recently ranked fourth on Livability’s list of Top 10 Places to Visit in the U.S in 2018… and we know why! This picturesque town has got a lot to offer! Just 45 miles east of San Francisco, Pleasanton boasts awesome year-round weather, tons of fun community events, a local fairgrounds, and beautiful outdoor recreational areas. It’s no wonder we made the list! Read below for why you should make Pleasanton your next vacation destination.
Don’t you hate planning a vacation for months only to have your trip rained on? Well, sunshine is pretty much guaranteed in Pleasanton, which makes us wonder if that’s how it got its name in the first place. The summers in this town aren’t too hot, and winters aren’t too cold; this town’s California climate is for the most part just right. Pleasanton’s parade is rarely rained on (literally)!
Plenty of Parks & Recreation
Given the great weather, residents and visitors alike are offered plenty of opportunities to really enjoy the area. Pleasanton has plenty of community parks as well as its very own regional space. Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is a 9,090-acre playground of preserved natural land made available for hikers, equestrians, and cyclists. Some peaks in this park exceed 1,600 feet, offering breathtaking views of Pleasanton and the Livermore Valley.
Entertaining Events & Festivals
The Downtown Pleasanton Association coordinates over 45 special events throughout the year for its visitors and residents, varying from kid-centric family fun to adult-friendly brew crawls and wine strolls. Community members look forward to these events which showcase the town’s award-winning restaurants and bars and its quaint downtown area.
Alameda County Fairgrounds
You wouldn’t think that this sprawling 270-acre facility lives just minutes from Pleasanton’s downtown, but it does. The Alameda County Fairgrounds has been the home of the annual Alameda County Fair since 1912, making its one-mile race track the oldest in America. Aside from the popular summer-time fair, this facility also hosts a variety of tradeshows and community events.
Locally Owned Commerce
Pleasanton is full of unique boutique shops and locally owned restaurants that source their ingredients from nearby growers. Businesses in Pleasanton are truly one-of-a-kind, offering exclusive products and services that stay true to their California roots.
When you’ve tired yourself out on all that Pleasanton has to offer, you’ve still got the rest of the Tri-Valley at your fingertips. From this charming town, you’re just a short drive away from Blackhawk Plaza, the San Francisco Premium Outlets, and the 55+ wineries situated in Livermore Valley.