The City in the Hills
San Ramon is another small city, population 76,000, located inland, about 20 miles east of Oakland. The town is scattered over the lower hills of the Diablo Range. The climate in the area is perfect for outdoors activities and there are several golf courses in town. Hiking trails abound through the beautiful scenery although you may have to share the trails with a cow or two at times.
Things to do in San Ramon:
- Hiking – Tassajara Ridge Trail Loop is a fun, quick hike for the family. Watch out for the cows. Los Trampas Regional Wilderness offers more difficult trails iwith frequent wildlife sightings.
- Biking and horseback riding are available in the parks as well.
- Water sports – Besides the beaches in Alameda, there are lakes in every direction around San Ramon within 30 miles.
- The downtown area offers shopping with unique little shops, larger stores, cafes, and restaurants. And Oakland is only 25 miles away for more sophisticated nightlife.
San Ramon and the area around it are more rural than urban, reflecting a more laid back, relaxed kind of lifestyle. If you want to be in a small, comfortable town, San Ramon is the place for you.
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