Last weekend we took a post-Halloween excursion to Mount Diablo State Park in San Francisco’s East Bay. At 3,864 feet (1,178 m), this mountain is one of the area’s main geographic landmarks and can be seen from around the bay.
If you are visiting the Bay Area during the fall or spring months, experiencing the views from the summit is a worthwhile activity. You can see for miles in every direction and get a unique panoramic perspective of this part of Northern California.
For school age, tweens, and teens, a stop at Rock City is a must. I’m dating myself – but it’s just like the Flintstones – boulders, rocks, and caves are everywhere. They are just big enough to make climbing them thrilling, yet kid-friendly. That said, younger children need close supervision and I think it would be a nightmare with a strong-willed toddler that wants to keep up with the big kids.
The park is surprisingly vast and it is slow driving to the summit. Prepare better than we did and be sure and bring snacks and water. There are also many great places for a picnic.
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