Walnut Creek California Photos and Information

Walnut Creek, California is located in Contra Costa County less than 20 miles from Oakland in the East Bay San Francisco. The bustling city that promotes family living is considered a great place to reside in the Bay Area and has enough for tourists to do, making it worth a stop on your Northern California trip. With great shops, a freeway-close location, healthy job base and lots of activities and things to do, it's easy to see why Walnut Creek is such a busy place.


Named for settlers who planted walnut trees that grew close to a small creek, it was first called The Corners, for the location where two roads leading from Pacheco and Lafayette converged. That particular intersection is currently the intersection of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and North Main Street. Walnut Creek was later adopted as the official city name as the city enjoyed incorporation in 1914.

Where to stay when visiting Walnut Creek: Some prefer the Embassy Suites when traveling. The complimentary breakfasts are convenient, save tourists and business travelers time and money.


Walnut Creek is quite popular for its retail and restaurant offerings in a downtown shopping area with shady streets, stores such as Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Barnes & Noble and delightful restaurants, some with outdoor dining.  Walnut Creek and its next door neighbor, Concord, attract residents from smaller cities such as Lafayette and Orinda who seek a greater selection of clothing and gifts than their cities provide.


Served by Interstate 680 and Highway 24, Walnut Creek features shopping, hotels, a performing and visual arts center, a wildlife museum, ranch guests can visit to get a glimpse into the native California wildlife and natural history and even a BART (Bay Area Regional Transportation) station that takes to you other locations, including San Francisco.


The greatest asset of Walnut Creek is its geographic setting. The rolling hills and small range of mountains that frame the city plus shade trees that line many of the streets and shopping areas make Walnut Creek one of those places you'd love to paint on canvas.  The city is proud of its parks and open spaces and most of its attractions are tied to that theme of outdoor recreation. From the city-owned equestrian center opened to the public to the skate park supported by community sponsorship to the many historic houses and huge parks with playgrounds and trails for hiking, Walnut Creek offers room to roam. In contrast to Berkeley and San Francisco with large populations in small spaces, Walnut Creek has spacious expanses that its residents prefer.


Some things to do in Walnut Creek include:


Seasonal events have included Ice Skating in Walnut Creek. The community comes out and officials cut the ribbon on this fun event that features outdoor skating in a city that rarely sees ice and snow. What a treat to go after work or on a weekend, put on a pair of ice skates and glide on ice.


The Bedford Gallery, a program of the City of Walnut Creek, receives funding from Diablo Regional Arts Association. It is located on the first level of the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts at 1601 Civic Drive (at Locust Street), Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Phone: 925-295-1417.


Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive. The City's performing and visual arts center houses the 800-seat Hofmann Theatre, the 300-seat Margaret Lesher Theatre, the 130-seat Knight Foundation Stage 3 theatre and the Bedford Gallery.  bedfordgallery.org


Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 1931 First Avenue. This wildlife rehabilitation and educational center includes non-releasable native wildlife treating more than 6,000 injured and orphaned wild animals each year with focus on native California wildlife and natural history. Founded in 1955, the museum is one of the oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation hospitals in the United States. wildlife-museum.org


Old Borges Ranch, 1035 Castle Rock Road. The 100+ year old ranch of early Walnut Creek pioneer Frank Borges includes a blacksmith shop, outbuildings, farm equipment displays, a barn and covered trellis available for group reservations. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Borges home was built in 1901 and includes historical displays of the early 1900’s. Walnut Creek's Shell Ridge Open Space is located at Old Borges Ranch.


Shadelands Ranch Historical Museum, 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road, (925) 935-7871. Built by early Walnut Creek pioneer Hiram Penniman, this 1903 redwood-framed house is a showcase for numerous historical artifacts, many of which belonged to the Pennimans. It also houses an archive of Contra Costa and Walnut Creek history. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places and belongs to the City, but is operated by the Walnut Creek Historical Society.


Mount Diablo State Park dominates the landscape for most of central and eastern Contra Costa County. A small museum and observation post at the summit provides panoramic views of San Fransisco and the Central Valley.


Broadway Plaza is an open-air mall that includes many community events such as jazz concerts and special programs. For those visiting the area, be sure to include shopping at Broadway Plaza in your itinerary. With the many name brand stores and an energy boost from Starbucks Coffee, you'll be on your way to enjoying one of America's favorite travel past-times, shopping. Location: 1275 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.   broadwayplaza.com

Clothing, gifts and services include - Aerosoles (925) 274-1132; After Hours Formalwear (925) 935-3516; American Express Travel (925) 938-0800; Ann Taylor (925) 937-0606; Aveda (925) 932-1220; Baby Gap (925) 946-0171; Banana Republic Men (925) 932-6826; Banana Republic Women (925) 256-7538; Bang & Olufsen (925) 947-1605; Bath & Body Works (925) 946-1993; Bose (925) 287-8922; Charmed (925) 287-9268; Cingular Wireless (925) 974-1180; Claire's Etc. (925) 937-7405; Clark's Shoes; Coach (925) 938-2772; Coldwater Creek (925) 945-1113; Concierge at Broadway Plaza (925) 933-6589; Crabtree & Evelyn (925) 944-3319; Crate & Barrel (925) 947-3500;Discovery Channel Store (925) 935-9556; Gap (925) 937-0292;Gap Kids (925) 946-0171; GNC (925) 274-1110; Gymboree (925) 935-6820; Macy's Men & Juniors (925) 279-3333; Macy's Women & Home (925) 279-3333; Nextel (925) 932-2057; Nordstrom (925) 930-7959; Pure Beauty (925) 937-1722; Sephora (925) 933-3433; Sharper Image, The (925) 947-0444; Sterling Works (925) 930-9950; Steve's Hallmark (925) 937-3731.
Food & Restaurants - California Pizza Kitchen (925) 938-0720; Cathy Jean (925) 280-8019; Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop & Cafe (925) 933-4995; P.F. Chang's China Bistro (925) 979-9070; See's Candies (925) 934-8922; Starbucks Coffee (925) 937-1377


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County: Contra Costa  Elevation: 131'
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