Traditionally considered the easternmost city in the Bay Area before the Central Valley, Livermore is home to vineyards and ranches, magnificent estates and cozy neighborhoods alike. The city's recently redeveloped downtown district features a wide selection of restaurants and retail shops and is steeped in history reflecting the cattle and wine industries that helped create this thriving community. Wine festivals, farmer's markets and parades attract locals and visitors to the center of town year round to celebrate the bounties of the city's agricultural heritage and spirit of the community. Whether sampling the offerings from a local vineyard or strolling the streets of downtown, Livermore is a place to stay and enjoy.
Offering the epitome of California living, Livermore is known for harmonizing urban amenities with a relaxed lifestyle surrounded by vineyards and golden hillsides. Less than an hour from San Francisco, the city retained its rural flavor as an agricultural and ranching community until the surplus naval base was transformed into the internationally acclaimed Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1952. A few years later, the city welcomed Sandia National Laboratory, which spurred a flood of new residents and high-tech businesses. To accommodate new residential developments, retail activity has accelerated in recent years, particularly along the Interstate 580 corridor. In spite of the cosmopolitan nature of the research laboratories and related companies, the area enjoys an ideal microclimate for growing popular grape varieties like sauvignon blanc and cabernet.
Lovely vineyards have graced the valley since the mid 1800s, drawing locals and visitors to their tours, tastings, and colorful special events. The community offers a general aviation airport, recreation centers, senior centers, golf courses, lush local parks, and horse arenas.
Del Valle Regional Park is ideal for hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, fishing, boating, windsurfing, swimming, studying nature and Camping.
With the expansion of the Bay Area's population and infrastructure, the East Bay has grown to include all of Alameda and Contra Costa counties, and even some farther outlying cities. This expansive area includes some of the best cultural attractions the Bay Area has to offer – great food, music, sporting events, and museums.
The East Bay is the birthplace of many musical acts, and counts The Pointer Sisters, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Counting Crows, and Green Day among them. The region is also home to a number of music and sports venues, including the Oakland Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors; McAfee Coliseum, home of the Oakland A's and the Oakland Raiders; and the Oakland Paramount Theater, venue for the Oakland East Bay Symphony.