Destination guide

Look up "pleasant." You'll find a pic of Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill used to be covered in nothing but farms, cattle ranches, and blue skies. After WWII, Californians recognized the area as a pleasant place to live (pun intended… sorry), and since then, the community has gradually grown into a thriving, family-friendly city with a busy downtown shopping district and beautiful public parks. Whether you're looking for water parks for the kids, hoping to escape for a long hike with friends, or craving a romantic stroll through the wildflowers, a Pleasant Hill vacation rental may be exactly what you need.

Things to do

A 100-year-old garden that's still in full flower

It probably comes as no surprise that a vacation rental so close to California's coast would provide an opportunity to appreciate – and help protect – the planet's diverse natural landscape. Visit the University of California at Berkeley's Botanical Garden. It has over 10,000 types of plants on display, including many rare and endangered species. For those in your party who need a bit more splash in their summer fun, Waterworld California delivers. It has dozens of attractions, from slides to wave pools to watery playgrounds for the littlest visitors.


Parks and trails built with the whole fam in mind

Thanks to lovely weather all year round, a stay in a Pleasant Hill vacation rental is a great way to spend time outdoors. The city's parks are well-maintained and beloved. Pleasant Hill Park is a perfect family destination, with big lawns for playing, BBQ pits, and picnic areas. If you're up for something a little more athletic, try the Contra Costa Canal Trail, where walkers, bikers, and skaters can enjoy a scenic tour of the county. Pleasant Hill's downtown is the center of local commerce and weekend activity, with its movie theater, shops, and spas.


The name's Pleasant Hill, people. Get used to it

There's no denying it: the weather is so pleasant, you'll want to make your Pleasant Hill vacation rental your full-time home. Technically, we call this climate "warm summer Mediterranean." It means dry, balmy summers with average temps in the 70s and winters that never get too cold. Even in the dead of January, daytime highs can reach the upper 60s. The ideal time to enjoy all Pleasant Hill has to offer, though, is the warmer months, when you can hike in a t-shirt and winter fog won't obscure your view of the redwoods.

Natural features

The hills are alive all around Pleasant Hill

The city's hills and valleys are home to oak trees, redwoods, and evergreens, and there are plenty of untrammeled parklands just outside of town. For nature lovers, we've saved the best for last: Pleasant Hill is right next door to Briones Regional Park, a 6,000-acre expanse of rolling grasslands with stunning views of Mount Diablo. Wildflowers – poppies, buttercups, filaree, and more – bloom there in spring, and cows graze on the hillsides all year. It's a great place for bird watching, too. You might see bluebirds, kestrels, hawks, goldfinches, and ospreys.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Pleasant Hill

Fly into Concord, CA (CCR-Buchanan Field), the closest airport, located 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), which is 18.1 mi (29.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Pleasant Hill?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,413 vacation rentals near Pleasant Hill. From 753 Houses to 334 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Pleasant Hill for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Pleasant Hill?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Pleasant Hill:

  • Berkeley Hills: 186 vacation rentals
  • North Berkeley: 144 vacation rentals
  • Rockridge: 144 vacation rentals
  • Forestland: 20 vacation rentals
  • Lake Merritt: 52 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Pleasant Hill?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Pleasant Hill. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sunvalley Shopping Center: 729 vacation rentals
  • University of California, Berkeley: 2,040 vacation rentals
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom: 972 vacation rentals
  • Jack London Square: 2,118 vacation rentals
  • Lake Merritt: 2,087 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Pleasant Hill listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Pleasant Hill?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 753 Houses in Pleasant Hill. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Pleasant Hill include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 334 rentals available
  • Villas: 18 rentals available
  • Cabins: 107 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Pleasant Hill?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 359 vacation rentals with pool available in Pleasant Hill. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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