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Where to go and where to stay in Contra Costa County.

Visiting Contra Costa County

Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito - Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga,Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, Walnut Creek.

07 - Contra Costa County

Contra Costa County was incorporated as one of the original 27 counties of the State of California, in 1850.

The county seat of Contra Costa County is Martinez.

Around Contra Costa County


Antioch is the Gateway to the Delta, located on the banks of the San Joaquin River in Northern California; just off Highway 4.

Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge:
Surrounded by development and industry, the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge supports the last known populations of the endangered Antioch Dunes evening primrose, the Contra Costa wallflower, and the Lange's metalmark butterfly.

Contra Costa County Fair:
The Contra Costa County Fairgrounds is located at 1201 West 10th St., Antioch.


Brentwood was founded in 1878 when the San Pablo and Tulare Railroad came through East Contra Costa.

Brentwood Chamber of Commerce:
Graced by breathtaking views of Mt. Diablo, Brentwood is home to over 47,000 residents who enjoy the city's parks, recreation centers, and local establishments.


Clayton was founded in 1857 and initially expanded to exploit the mining of coal and later copper.


Concord, the largest city in Contra Costa County, is located 29 miles east of San Francisco, adjacent to beautiful Mt. Diablo. Todos Santos (All Saints) was the original name of the city now called Concord.

Concord First:
Whether you're looking for information for yourself or the whole family, find fun things to do and places to go.

Diablo Creek Golf Course:
Home of the First Tee Contra Costa. Located at 4050 Port Chicago Hwy, Concord.

Historical Buildings in Concord:
Many of the buildings date back to the late 1800s and early 1900s. While some remain private residences, many have been restored and are used as office or commercial buildings.


Danville is known for its small-town atmosphere and its outstanding quality of life; offering the perfect blend of upscale amenities and small town charm in the 'Heart of the San Ramon Valley'.

Downtown Danville Historical Walking Tour:
Discover Danville's past with a self-guided walk through the historical downtown district.

El Cerrito

El Cerrito, Little Hill in Spanish, began to grow as refugees from the 1906 San Francisco eathquake moved to this side of the Bay (then know as Rust) to live.


Hercules is situated on beautiful San Pablo Bay, midway between San Francisco and Napa. The California Powder Works company played a key role in the formation of the city when the Hercules plant opened in 1881 and began producing dynamite.


Lafayette was established after Elam Brown led a fourteen family wagon train through the Donner Pass and ought a 3,329 acre Mexican land grant, called Rancho Acalanus, in 1847.


Martinez was a gold rush and shipping boomtown. Early settlers of the county bought, sold, and shipped their goods here. One of them even created the popular drink known as the 'Martini'.


Moraga is named after Joaquin Moraga, the grandson of Joseph Joaquin Moraga who was second in command of the Anza expedition of 1776, the founder of San Francisco, Mission Dolores and the founder and first commandant of the Presidio.

Moraga Historical Society:
Established in 1965 to gather and preserve knowledge about the history of the Rancho Laguna de los Palos Colorados, what is now the Town of Moraga, plus portions of Orinda and Lafayette.


Oakley is one of California's youngest cities, though Oakley's bountiful agricultural community has a rich and interesting history. Only an hour's drive from San Francisco, Oakley is situated in East Contra Costa County along the picturesque California Delta, a fishing and boating paradise.


Orinda is a family-oriented community in a semi-rural valley on the east side of the Oakland/Berkeley hills in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Pinole is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, on the shores of San Pablo Bay in West Contra Costa County. Interstate-80, which traverses the city, connects the San Francisco/Oakland metropolitan area with Sacramento and points east.

Pinole Historical Society:
The recorded history of Pinole dates back to the early 1700s when a Spanish commandant, Don Pedro Fages, led an exploration through Contra Costa.


Pittsburg history starts in 1839, when the Mexican government granted almost 10,000 acres to Jose Antone Mesa and Miguel Jose Garcia; although the current name wouldn't come into being until 1906, when Columbia Geneva Steel opened for business.

Old Town Pittsburg:
Located at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, the beautiful new Old Town and Marina district is the jewel in the crown of East Contra Costa County.

Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill is situated in the East Bay Area of San Francisco. Centrally located along Interstate 680, it is blessed with a strong sense of community and small town charm, yet boasts a vibrant downtown area that attracts thousands of visitors.

Pleasant Hill Farmers' Market:
Open every Saturday from May through November - Crescent Drive at Downtown Plaza.


Richmond is located 16 miles north-east of San Francisco, directly across San Francisco Bay.

In 1823, Don Francisco Castro was given 17,000 acres of land in Contra Costa, which became known as Rancho San Pablo. The city of Richmond was established on a portion of Castro's land grant about seventy years after his death.

Richmond Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Stay in Richmond and visit the entire Bay Area including San Francisco, the Wine Country and Sausalito and Muir Woods, all without packing and unpacking.

San Pablo

San Pablo is located in West Contra Costa County off Interstate 80, minutes away from the Bay Area cultural centers of Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco.

San Ramon

San Ramon first atracted American settlers in 1850, when Leo and Mary Jane Norris purchased 4,450 acres of land from Jose Maria Amador; who owned the 16,000 plus acre Rancho San Ramon.

Many of San Ramon's founding families are remembered today because their names grace various canyons, hills and streets.

Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek was first known as 'The Corners'; where the two roads leading from Pacheco and Lafayette converged. Today those 'corners' are at the intersection of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and North Main Street.

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