Concord, California - This East Bay city of Northern California's San Francisco Bay Area is located 29 miles east of San Francisco, adjacent to beautiful Mt. Diablo.


The largest city in Contra Costa County enjoys warm, dry summers and cooler winters with temperatures seldom dipping under 35 degrees.  The city of approximately 128,000 residents "Where Families Come First", according to the city promotional materials, serves surrounding cities such as Lafayette, Orinda and Walnut Creek with its large selection of restaurants, stores, shops and entertainment.

 

Having booked a hotel room at the Hilton Concord, we found the hotel was very nice, and location absolutely the best. You can walk from your hotel to the shops and restaurants, making for a convenient location in a really nice hotel with great amenities.

 

With many options for overnight accommodations exist, Concord is a great choice, offering a variety of chain restaurants and hotels such as the Concord Hilton which features tastefully-decorated rooms and suites ideally located between Waterworld USA and The Willows Shopping Center. Both are just an easy 1 to 3 minute walk. Waterworld is a Six Flags theme park that half the hotel rooms at the Hilton Concord overlook. The other half of the rooms overlook Willows Shopping Center.  Shops include REI, Old Navy, Any Mountain, Nevada Bob's Discount Golf, Comp USA, Cost Plus World Market, Shoe Pavilion and several banks. Crowne Plaza Hotel Concord is also worth checking out, as is Embassy Suites Hotel Pleasant Hill-Walnut Creek.

 

Where to eat: The outdoor shopping mall includes a performing arts theater and restaurants such as Quiznos Sub, Claim Jumper, Fudruckers, El Torito, Tony Roma's, Elephant Bar Restaurant, Benihana. Concord has many restaurants to choose from, and many are California's most popular chain restaurants. Mimi's Cafe is quite popular and often has a waiting line as we found out when visiting.

 

Not only does Concord offer great restaurants and shopping, it also has theater, kids' activities and for teens and adults, the fantastic Chronicle Pavilion where musical acts are featured in large concert venues. If you time your visit to coincide with a performer you enjoy, your evening will be filled with fun not far from your hotel room.

 

Concord can also be used as a home base for San Francisco vacations. While the city is located outside the hustle and bustle of cooler, foggy San Francisco, it has two BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) stations for rides in and out of San Francisco. Major freeways provide easy car access to San Francisco as well.

 

The oldest and largest children's event in the Bay Area, Bay Area KidFest, is held on Memorial Day weekend at Todos Santos Plaza. Holiday events for 4th of July, Labor Day, Halloween and the Christmas season are traditions in Concord.

 

Concord was once inhabited by a small tribe of Chupcan or Bay Miwok Indians who lived as hunters and gatherers, eating elk, deer and salmon along with fruits, berries and other foods. Like so many regions of California, Spanish explorers surveyed its lands in 1772 but land grants by the Mexican government in 1828 contributed to the early roots of farming in what has become today's Concord.  Don Salvio Pacheco received the Monte del Diablo or "thicket of the devil" land grant in 1834 in an a vast area from the Walnut Creek channel to the hills and from the Mt. Diablo foothills north to the Bay. He called it Todos Santos (All Saints), a name which is seen in the local plaza today. Concord was adopted as its official name. While no reference to the Concord grape has been established, (grapes are grown in Napa to the north), a local newspaper editorial in the 1800's lauded the name change from Todos Santos to Concord. Concord generally means "agreement" and can also refer to "harmony." While Pacheco did not agree with the new name, much of the property sold from Mexican land grants was renamed to reflect social and economic changes.


Waterworld USA
1950 Waterworld Parkway
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 609-1364
www.sixflags.com

Pixieland Amusement Park
2740 E. Olivera Road
Concord, CA 94519
Phone: (925) 689-8841
Fax: (925) 676-3872
www.pixieland.com

The Entertainment Zone - Q-Zar Laser Tag
2295 Willow Pass Road
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 521-9663
www.theentertainmentzone.net


Chronicle Pavilion at Concord includes a line up of top rock, pop, country performers and musical festivals such as OzFest.
2000 Kirker Pass Road
Concord,CA 94521-1642
Pavilion 24-hour Recorded Hotline:
(925) 363-5701
Pavilion Main Office Phone:
(925) 676-8742
www.chroniclepavilion.com

concord water park
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