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Pleasanton

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Pleasanton is a city in Alameda County, in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Get in

  • The Dublin/Pleasanton and West Dublin/Pleasanton BART stations offer routes to Oakland and onward to San Francisco and San Francisco International Airport. There are connecting local buses. For example, Bus 10R runs from the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station to downtown Pleasanton (continuing to Livermore) with a 15 minute frequency during the day.
  • The Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) is a train service that goes from Pleasanton to places nearby including Stockton and San Jose. It only runs 4 times a day per direction - southbound in the morning and northbound in the afternoon.

Get around

By foot

Pleasanton has a very walkable and compact historic downtown area. The center of downtown is Main Street, from Bernal Ave on the south (anchored by City Hall on Old Bernal) to Arroyo del Valle on the north, about eight blocks, and the various side streets on either side of Main. The Pleasanton Downtown Association provides directions on how to get to downtown from various points.

By car

Driving is relatively easy in Pleasanton, and parking is plentiful. I-680 skirts the western side of the urban area with three exits (Sunol Blvd, Bernal Ave, and Stoneridge Dr) and I-580 defines the northern boundary of the City of Pleasanton with four exits (Hopyard Rd, Hacienda Dr, Santa Rita Rd, and El Charro Rd). Going south on Santa Rita Rd, after about 2-3 miles south of I-580, it turns into Main St, which leads to downtown. Going south on Hopyard Rd, it turns after 3-4 miles south of I-580 into Division St, which leads shortly to Saint Mary St, which terminates at Main St in downtown.

By public transportation

Several transit companies serve the Pleasanton area. The main bus operator is WHEELS, which goes to Dublin and Livermore, as well as the BART stations. The County Connection has a few buses in Pleasanton. There is also reverse peak service from Pleasanton to Modesto, traveling to Modesto in the morning and returning to Dublin/Pleasanton Bart station in the afternoon; the fare is $11 one-way or $13 round-trip (must be in the same day).

See

  • Pleasanton Sign Arch, Main Street just north of Division Street. The inscription readsː "Originally installed by the Women's Improvement Club in 1932, the Pleasanton Sign have become a familiar landmark and prominent symbol of the community. In 2005, the sign underwent a complete restoration, and was rededicated by the City Council on April 8th."
  • 1 Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave (one block east of Main St, opposite Division St, in downtown Pleasanton, CA), ☎ +1 925 931-4850 (Information), +1 925 931-4848 (Box Office). Opened in 2010, the Firehouse Arts Center is the City of Pleasanton's historic 1929 Fire House One renovated and expanded into an arts center featuring a 230-seat Firehouse theater, Harrington Gallery of fine arts, two large arts classrooms, and a grand lobby for receptions and events. The transformed facility also offers a pedestrian connection from Main Street to the expanded Lions Wayside Park.
  • Pleasanton Farmers Market, Main Street & West Angela Street (downtown). Saturday, 9am - 1pm. Year round, rain or shine, hot or cold, always on Saturday.
  • 2 Museum on Main, 603 Main Street (just north of Division St in downtown by the Pleasanton sign arch), ☎ +1 925 462-2766. Tue-Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 1pm-4pm; Mon closed. This City of Pleasanton building was built in 1914 by funds donated by the Women's Improvement Club and once housed the old Town Hall, the Police Department, and the first free library in the city. Since 1984, it has served as the local museum for the preservation of the region's history. Free.
  • 3 Alviso Adobe Community Park, 3465 Old Foothill Rd. (west of Foothill Road about 0.5 miles north of Bernal Ave), ☎ +1 925 931-3479, e-mail: alvisoadobe@cityofpleasantonca.gov. Wed - Sun 10am - 4pm. Opened in 2008, this restored community park gives visitors a glimpse of the history of the Amador Valley, including interpretive displays of early Ohlone culture before the Spanish arrival, the years of Ranchos managing herds of cattle on the 9,000 acre Rancho Santa Rita Mexican Land Grant, and a replica of an American Meadowlark Dairy in the early to mid-20th century. The star focus of this interpretative park is a rare original American adobe house, constructed in 1854 by Francisco Alviso, that was continuously in use until 1969. The Alviso Adobe is restored and on display furnished as it would have been in the 1920s. Visitor center/dairy has activities for kids; grounds have tables for picnics. Parking at south end. Free.

Do

Every summer Pleasanton hosts the Alameda County fair.

  • Good Guys Car Shows, Alameda County Fairgrounds. Pleasanton is the home of the Alameda County Fairgrounds, which host numerous events. The Good Guys Rod and Custom Association holds 4 car shows (approximately quarterly, but bunched into the best weather of March through November) at the fairgrounds. Clubs and individuals show off their hot rods, muscle cars, and customs in the main showgrounds, while a growing area of parts and vehicles for sale is a blast to walk around and look for great deals. A must to see for car nuts.
  • 3rd Thursdays Art Walk, Downtown Pleasanton (From 580: Exit Santa Rita, head south following signs to downtown. From 680: exit Bernal, head east following the signs to downtown.), ☎ +1-925-400-8190. 6:30 - 9PM. The 3rd Thursdays MerchantArts Walk is a collaborative event bringing together local downtown merchants, arts groups and area artists in an effort to continue adding interesting and lively events to Downtown Pleasanton. It's a nice walk, on a nice evening, and an opportunity to join the community, support local artists and help this community thrive. Free.
  • Alameda County Fair.
  • Eddie Rich Racing Stable, Alameda County Fairgrounds (Gate 12), ☎ +1 209-839-9137. Plan a morning & go behind the scenes to experience the exciting world of thoroughbred racing. Learn what it takes to get a thoroughbred racehorse ready for the races. Watch horses gallop & workout on the oldest active racecourse in America. Contact thoroughbred trainer, Eddie Rich to schedule a morning. Free.

Buy

  • Downtown Pleasanton is loaded with unusual shops, antiques, and numerous quality restaurants. Pleasanton residents love to stroll its streets in the evening. Downtown has become an upscale destination and is safe for families with children.
  • Stoneridge Mall is a large enclosed regional mall with Macy's, Nordstrom, Sears, and JC Penney. It is considered a favorite by locals.
  • Rosewood Plaza is a neighborhood center with Long's Drugs, Levitz Furniture, and Macy's Home Store, among others.
  • The city also features a Wal-Mart, Border's Books, Kohl's, and Home Depot.

Eat

  • 1 Chicago's Umpire's Grill, 6003 W. Las Positas Blvd, ☎ +1 925-462-1678. Enjoy a delicious Italian Beef or any of the creative sandwiches this Chicago style eatery has to Offer. Famous not only for it's food, but also as the place leading thoroughbred jockey, Martin Garcia, once carved sandwiches.
  • Hap's Original, 122 West Neal St. Just off Main Street, Hap's has an old school cocktail sign visible from the main drag. From there you might think it's an old watering hole until you walk up to the restaurant, and the upscale nature of the establishment becomes evident. This is an American Steak House, with fantastic steaks and somewhat pricey side dishes. Meals are ala carte. Stop in the bar for a Manhattan before dinner. Moderately Expensive.
  • Kasper's, 4275 Rosewood Dr, ☎ +1 925 463-2617. Ste 27. Part of the Oakland based hot dog stand, theres the story behind it that the two brother got into a fight and they split up with one calling it Kaspers and the other calling it Caspers. Has very good hot dogs and is a Bay Area favorite for Hot Dogs.

Drink

  • 1 The Hop Yard American Alehouse & Grill, 3015 Hopyard Rd, ☎ +1 925 426-9600. Lots of beers on tap, mostly American Microbrews but including imports. Good food that is nothing to write home about (burgers, salads), but the beer is worth the trip. Outdoor seating fills up in the warmer months. Prices are very reasonable.

Sleep

  • Courtyard Pleasanton, 5059 Hopyard Rd, ☎ +1 925 463-1414, fax: +1 925 463-0113.
  • Four Points by Sheraton Pleasanton, 5115 Hopyard Rd, ☎ +1 925 460-8800.
  • 1 Larkspur Landing Pleasanton, 5535 Johnson Dr, ☎ +1 925 463-1212, toll-free: +1-877-527-5778, fax: +1 925 463-6080, e-mail: pleasantonll@larkspurhotels.com. Outdoor spa, fitness room, laundry facility and free shuttle within 5 mile radius.
  • Motel 6, 5102 Hopyard Rd, ☎ +1 925 463-2626, fax: +1 925 225-0128.
  • Pleasanton Marriott, 11950 Dublin Canyon Blvd. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM.
  • Residence Inn Pleasanton, 11920 Dublin Canyon Rd, ☎ +1 925 227-0500, toll-free: +1-800-331-3131, fax: +1 925 828-1199.
  • Sheraton Pleasanton Hotel, 5990 Stoneridge Mall Rd, ☎ +1 925 463-3330.
  • Summerfield Suites Pleasanton Hotel, 4545 Chabot Dr, ☎ +1 925 730-0070, fax: +1 925 730-0075.
  • Wyndham Garden Pleasanton Hotel, 5990 Stoneridge Mall Rd, ☎ +1 925 463-3330, fax: +1 925 463-3315. Adjacent to Stoneridge Mall.

Go next

San Francisco- 580 West to 80 West. About 1 hour away.

San Jose- 680 South. About 15 to 40 minutes away.

Concord- 680 North. About 30 minutes away.



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