3 Hidden Gems in Walnut Creek

Located outside of San Francisco in the foothills of Mount Diablo, Walnut Creek perfectly combines a city and country lifestyle

Surrounded by nature, Walnut Creek is loved for a variety of reasons. Walnut Creek has a small-town atmosphere while still offering a vast selection of some of the best shops, restaurants, and art in the area. Here are three hidden gems in Walnut Creek.

Parks and Green Spaces

Surrounded by nature, Walnut Creek is home to 16 parks and trails, making it the perfect location for those who love the outdoors. Walnut Creek encourages its residents to partake in an active and healthy lifestyle. Composed of 20,000-square-acres, Mount Diablo State Park is a town staple. Activities consist of hiking, camping, horseback riding, and biking. While exploring this mountain, you will experience stunning wildflowers, trails, fascinating wildlife, rock formations, and incredible views of sunsets and the stars. You even have the chance to climb to the park’s 3,849-foot summit. Other notable open spaces throughout Walnut Creek include Acalanes Ridge, which has four miles of trails, and Lime Ridge, with 25 miles of trails for hiking and biking. 


Downtown, the heart and soul of Walnut Creek, features 100-year-old historic buildings that have been transformed into restaurants, boutiques, and coffee shops. There are more than 200 boutiques and classic retail stores, offering the best shopping in San Francisco’s East Bay. Broadway Plaza, an open-air shopping center, is a hub for shopping in the city. The plethora of activities and shops here attracts both locals and residents. Walnut Creek also has a monthly street festival that occurs on the first Wednesday of each month. Here you will find things the entire family is sure to enjoy: live music, dancing, tasty treats, wine and beer, a fun zone for kids, and other surprises. The best part is this delightful festival has free admission! 


In addition to the world-class shopping and dining in downtown, Walnut Creek also has plenty of art. Lesher Center for the Arts is a premier live theater venue and Shadelands Ranch Museum is the perfect way to spend the day for those who are curious to explore the history of this town.

If you are looking for Walnut Creek real estate, contact Chris Luna today. With extensive experience in the real estate market, Chris will guide you through the home buying process so you, too, can experience all the hidden gems that Walnut Creek has to offer. 


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