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Where to go and where to stay in Alameda County.

Visiting Alameda County

Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, Union City.

01 - Alameda County

Alameda County was incorporated on March 25th, 1853. However, its origins date back to the 1700's.

The county seat of Alameda County is Oakland.

Around Alameda County


Alameda, originally a peninsula off of modern-day Oakland and part of Spanish settler Luis Peralta's vast Rancho San Antonio, was founded as three separate settlements: Alameda, Hibbardsville, and Woodstock.


Albany prides itself on being a safe, community-oriented city, with strong services and programs for youth, families and the elderly.


Berkeley is a city with a small population and a big reputation. In California alone, there are more than 30 cities bigger than Berkeley. In Alameda County, Berkeley is ranked fourth in population behind Oakland, Fremont, and Hayward.

Visit Berkeley:
Set on sparkling San Francisco Bay, Berkeley is a city of diverse districts and great discoveries, where visitors come for the culture, stay for the food, and depart with their imaginations, taste buds and memories fully engaged. Find out more at the Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau - 2030 Addison St.


Dublin has a rich history dating back to 1772 when Pedro Fages led an expedition of 16 mounted men on a journey in search of a land route to Drake's Bay, which at that time was called San Francisco Bay. Their return journey brought them through the Amador Valley.

Visit Tri-Valley:
The Tri-Valley region of California is comprised of the town of Danville and the cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon and its three valleys (Amador, Livermore and San Ramon). Located just 33 miles east of San Francisco and 27 miles north of San Jose, few places are as authentic, charming and unspoiled as Tri-Valley.


Emeryville lies on the east shore of San Francisco Bay between Oakland and Berkeley, directly opposite the Golden Gate and San Francisco.


Fremont is the fourth most populous city in the Bay Area and California's 15th largest city.

Think Silicon Valley:
Fremont is home to a broad variety of innovative firms including over 1,200 high tech, life science, and clean technology firms.


Hayward's central location makes it an economical base for Bay Area tourists and commuters, while its panoramic views of the Bay make it worth a side trip for visitors; although the shoreline is mostly filled with warehouses and marshland and the city centre is somewhat run down.

Hayward, the sixth largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area, is one of the larger suburbs of Oakland.

The City has implemented a free Wi-Fi network 'Hot Spot' for the Downtown area; with best reception to be found at the Main Hayward Public Library.

Hayward Area Historical Society:
Preserving the heritage of Eden Township; an area encompassing Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Cherryland, Ashland, Mt. Eden and Fairview.

Hayward Executive Airport

Located in the Heart of the Bay, Hayward Executive Airport (HWD) serves the transportation needs of local businesses and residents, and it is a convenient gateway for visitors arriving by general aviation aircraft.

Hayward Hotel Accommodation

Mainstay Suites Hayward: 835 West A Street.
The Mainstay Suites offers 47 beautifully decorated extended stay suite rooms, all with comfortable beds, full kitchens, great features, and a wide range of extra amenities. Enjoy complimentary high-speed Internet access, convenient work desks and complimentary breakfast.


Livermore is California's oldest wine region, framed by award-winning wineries, farm lands and ranches that mirror the valley's western heritage.

Livermore Valley Wine Country:
Spanish missionaries planted the first grapes here in the 1760s. Robert Livermore later established the first commercial vines, in the 1840s; and Livermore Valley went on to win America's first international gold medal for wine, at the 1889 Paris Exposition.


Founded in 1852, many of the attributes that make Oakland, California a great place to live, also make the city a great place to visit.

Visit Oakland:
Discover Oakland's captivating mix of modern and historic. The city has an abundance of intriguing, enlightening, and just plain fun things to see and do for people of all ages and interests.


Piedmont is a charter city of approximately 11,000 residents located in the beautiful Oakland Hills, overlooking the San Francisco Bay.


Pleasanton was chosen as the background for the movie, 'Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm', and became the location for further films because of its historic downtown and rural environs, eventually becoming known as the 'Hollywood of the North'.

Alameda County Fair:
Alameda County Fairgrounds is home to the annual mid-summer Alameda County Fair. The Fairgrounds also features many shows and attractions throughout the year, including Satellite Horse Race Wagering as well as live races.

Downtown Pleasanton:
The pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined streets offer a vibrant blend of parks and historic buildings, specialty shops and service businesses, fine dining and coffee shops.

Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce:
The Pleasanton Chamber Office is located at 777 Peters Avenue.

San Leandro

San Leandro became famous during the late 1800s and early 1900s for delicious cherries; holding its first cherry festival in 1909, to celebrate the abundant cherry harvest. In 2010, the Cherry Festival was cancelled due to budget reductions.

San Leandro Chamber of Commerce:
San Leandro is a friendly and diverse city with a colourful heritage and numerous cultural amenities including a 450-berth marina, two golf courses and a large community library centre.

Union City

Union City is located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, at the northern end of Silicon Valley.

Don Castro Regional Park

Created in 1964, when the Alameda Flood Control and Water Conservation District dammed San Lorenzo Creek, the clear blue waters of the Don Castro swim lagoon are a favourite with central Alameda County residents.

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