Destination guide

Walnut Creek is laid-back East Bay

So, you're looking to enjoy all the delights of the San Francisco Bay Area without the stresses of the big city? You've come to the right place. With direct connections on the high-speed BART network all the way to Oakland and San Francisco itself, Walnut Creek vacation rentals offer a base up in the breezy mountain heights above the East Bay. There, humble shopping malls and charming wineries combine to create a town of quaint vibes, rustic ranches dot the green hills, and the Mount Diablo State Park beckons outdoorsy types to its rugged reaches.

Things to do

Walnut Creek brims with Californian history

Walnut Creek vacation rentals aren't just about finding a quiet spot that's within striking distance of Alcatraz, the Mission District, and the Golden Gate. There are plenty of immersive attractions right on the doorstep, too. Kids will love the fierce raptor cases and stalking deer of the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. History lovers can explore tales of early pioneers at the Shadelands Ranch. Cacti sprout for visitors with green fingers in the Ruth Bancroft Garden, and there's always the famous wineries of the Cali Valley to taste through.

Activities

Action and adventure in Walnut Creek

Balancing adventure and excitement with history trips and famous Californian sightseeing has never been easier than in Walnut Creek. Although just a stone's throw on the BART network to San Fran's iconic wonders, the town is also surrounded by beautiful walking routes like the Iron Horse Trail, and the panoramic picnic spots of the Mount Diablo State Park. Tours of the California wine valleys are also possible from here, and excursions to the historic ranches of old pioneer settlers in the West.

Weather

Wine tasting in the summer and fall in Walnut Creek

Summer is always a popular time to book those Walnut Creek vacation rentals, offering visitors a chance to taste their way through Californian delicacies and fine wines in the Walnut Creek Chamber Art & Wine Festival. For that, you'll want to search for places to stay in June. The joys continue throughout the warmer months, with the best trekking and foodie opportunities persisting well into the late-summer and fall months of August, September, and October.

Natural features

Sit on a perch above the East Bay in Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek has one of the most enviable locations in the whole of the East Bay sub region. It sits perched above the sprawl of Oakland and Berkeley, cascading down the slopes of sculpted Mount Diablo. The result is place that seems wholly detached from the city, and where trailheads and horse riding routes weave out into the hills directly from the center. Up on the paths of the Mount Diablo State Park is where you'll get the best views down over the Sierra Nevada and San Fran, and where you'll get to spot majestic bald eagles in the wintertime.

How to get there

How to get to and around Walnut Creek

The nearest airport is in Concord, CA (CCR-Buchanan Field), located 5.8 mi (9.4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), which is 15.3 mi (24.7 km) away.

Consider catching a ride on the metro at Walnut Creek Station or Pleasant Hill-Contra Costa Centre BART Station if you're interested in seeing more of the city.

Where to stay around Walnut Creek?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,474 vacation rentals near Walnut Creek. From 488 Houses to 760 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 Walnut Creek for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Walnut Creek?

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 Walnut Creek:

  • Berkeley Hills: 186 vacation rentals
  • Rockridge: 145 vacation rentals
  • North Berkeley: 145 vacation rentals
  • North Central: 25 vacation rentals
  • Forestland: 20 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 Walnut Creek?

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

  • Gardens at Heather Farm: 745 vacation rentals
  • Castle Rock Park: 705 vacation rentals
  • Broadway Plaza: 740 vacation rentals
  • Ruth Bancroft Garden: 747 vacation rentals
  • Lindsay Wildlife Museum: 743 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Walnut Creek 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 Walnut Creek?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 488 Houses in Walnut Creek. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Walnut Creek include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 760 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 40 rentals available
  • Cottages: 40 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Walnut Creek?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 153 vacation rentals with pool available in Walnut Creek. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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