Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek

This may come as no surprise, but Walnut Creek was named for settlers who planted walnut trees that grew close to a small creek. Walnut Creek has prospered, and is now the bustling business and retail hub of Contra Costa County, with a healthy job base, performing arts and year-round activities.


This is where people come to do some serious shopping. Glitzy Broadway Shopping Plaza, an open-air mall, features familiar department stores such as Nordstroms and Neiman Marcus, many well-known brands as well as small, independently owned boutiques.

Walnut Creek is a town that understands the importance of good food. There is a huge choice of ethnic tastes, high-end restaurants and small specialty cafes. The city is proud of its parks and open spaces and many of its attractions are related to outdoor recreation. Residents enjoy an equestrian center, skate park and trails for hiking. Like its Contra Costa neighbors, Walnut Creek is relatively flat, so cyclists love to hit the trails on evenings and weekends.

And in case you want to leave, Walnut Creek is on the Bart line--just 30 minutes from San Francisco.

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