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PleasantonUnited States of America

Venture from San Francisco to the East Bay, where this small city combines old-town charm with great shopping, food and a variety of activities and events. 

Pleasanton lives up to its name. This pleasant town is located in Alameda County, a gorgeous suburban area in San Francisco’s East Bay region. Pleasanton consistently ranks among both the wealthiest cities and the best places to live in the United States. Enjoy its high-end shops, diverse restaurants and beautiful scenery.

The land that is now Pleasanton was settled in the 1850s. Known as the “Most Desperate Town in the West,” this spot was a refuge for criminals during California’s Gold Rush. Over time, the town became increasingly gentrified. Its unusual spelling is attributed to the typographical error of a U.S. Postal Service employee.

Explore Pleasanton’s historically preserved buildings. In the downtown area, you can find buildings in Colonial Revival, Queen Anne, Italianate and Gothic Revival styles. Identify the iconic downtown Kolln Hardware building by its distinctive cupola.

Regardless of when you visit Pleasanton, you are sure to find a special event. On any Saturday morning, get fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market just off Main Street. From May through September on first Wednesdays of the month, visit the themed street fair. In summer, bring a picnic to enjoy a free Friday Concert in the Park with local talents performing free at the Lions’ Wayside Park downtown. The Firehouse Arts Center also regularly hosts plays, concerts and art exhibitions.

For a quick getaway from Pleasanton’s suburbia, hike the Ridgeline Trail at Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. Just a short drive outside downtown Pleasanton, this oft-overlooked park is a calm place to enjoy the East Bay’s wilderness. The 7.4-mile (11.9-kilometer) trail is popular with both day hikers and mountain bikers.

Pleasanton is easily accessible by car, train and public transportation. The central Amtrak station provides national train service. Use the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to reach San Francisco in just 1 hour.Warm weather, a convenient location and diverse attractions await you in this California town any time of year.

Vacation Rentals in Pleasanton

Separated Master Bedroom With Privacy
Separated Master Bedroom With Privacy
Pleasanton, CA
The price is $88 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

Situated in Pleasanton, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Team Health West, Hacienda Business Park, and Tommy T's Comedy House. Stoneridge Shopping ...

Separated Master Bedroom With Privacy
Nice Townhouse in Charming Pleasanton
Nice Townhouse in Charming Pleasanton
Pleasanton, CA

Situated in Pleasanton, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hacienda Business Park, Stanford Health Care - Valleycare Medical Foundation, and Hacienda ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Family reunion

"The property is super clean and cozy. Felt very much at home. The property owners were available and answered quickly when I contacted them. Will repeat when I return."…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2019

Nice Townhouse in Charming Pleasanton
2 Bed 2 Bath Condo in Smoketree Commons Drive
2 Bed 2 Bath Condo in Smoketree Commons Drive
Pleasanton, CA

Situated in Pleasanton, this condo building is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Alameda County Fairgrounds. ...

2 Bed 2 Bath Condo in Smoketree Commons Drive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Pleasanton

Alameda County Fairgrounds
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Alameda County Fairgrounds

3.5/5(13 reviews)

The family will enjoy a trip to Alameda County Fairgrounds, a favorite attraction in Pleasanton. You can attend a sporting event while in the area.

Levi's Stadium
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Levi's Stadium

4.5/5(815 reviews)

Catch an event at Levi's Stadium during your trip to Santa Clara. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

San Francisco Bay
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San Francisco Bay

4.5/5(4,669 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at San Francisco Bay, a popular spot to commune with nature in San Francisco. Make some time to visit the shops while you're in the area.

University of California, Berkeley
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University of California, Berkeley

4.5/5(1,403 reviews)

Explore the campus of University of California, Berkeley, a top college in Berkeley. Attend a sporting event or discover the beautiful sunsets in this vibrant area.

California's Great America
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California's Great America

4/5(640 reviews)

Enjoy the thrills at California's Great America and see why everyone loves this theme park in Santa Clara. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Jack London Square
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Jack London Square

4.5/5(393 reviews)

Shop, dine and stroll to your heart’s content in this waterside square, named after the novelist who spent his childhood here. 

Top things to do in Pleasanton

Yosemite National Park Valley Highlights Tour
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Yosemite National Park Valley Highlights Tour

$179
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Yosemite National Park Winter Hotel Tour (2 Days)
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Yosemite National Park Winter Hotel Tour (2 Days)

$429
Per adult
Yosemite National Park & Giant Sequoia Grove Day Tour
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Yosemite National Park & Giant Sequoia Grove Day Tour

$199
Per adult
City by the Bay Cruise
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City by the Bay Cruise

$34
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of California
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City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of California

$10
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Night Views of San Francisco
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Night Views of San Francisco

$203
Per adult

Reviews of Pleasanton

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 43.57541899441341%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 44.134078212290504%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.497206703910615%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.27932960893854747%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 2.5139664804469275%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 18, 2020

Nice area - unfortunately much closed down due to COVID.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 1, 2020

I didn't see much of Pleasanton, I was only traveling through. I did walk my dog near the hotel which was a business park area with plenty of green grass and safe sidewalks.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 1, 2020

Many business clients located in Pleasanton, overall nice area with good restaurants and shopping.

5/5 - Excellent

Mike

Jan 25, 2020

Make sure to stop by Kasaria Jewelers for some original creations. George is the best.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 29, 2019

Surprisingly good places to eat in town. Just make sure to read Yelp reviews before deciding where to go. Highly recommend Pacific Catch

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 16, 2019

Very nice area

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