The main attractions of Livermore, California, lie just outside the city limits: wineries and golf courses. But the town proper is not without its charms, and should you find yourself staying in Livermore sans car, never fear. There are plenty of places to visit that are walkable, from the local farmer's market to scenic hiking areas.
On Sunday, the Livermore Farmer's Market is held on the grounds of the historic Southern Pacific Railroad Depot. There are dozens of vendors, from farmers selling tomatoes, stone fruits and Asian greens to bakers and salsa makers. Live music performances keep the scene lively. On Thursday evenings, the market is even larger and held in Carnegie Park.
Duarte Garage Museum
Livermore's main road originally was the Lincoln Highway, the country's first transcontinental thoroughfare. In 1915, the Duarte Garage was built alongside it, ready to sell gasoline and provide repairs to drivers. Nowadays, the building is a museum and houses a vintage Model-T fire truck and often hosts vintage car events. The antique Coca-Cola sign on the side of the building is a frequented spot for a photo op.
You may not be able to walk to one of the surrounding wineries in the Livermore area, but you can head downtown on foot to a wine tasting in the city. The Winemaker's Pourhouse carries selections from more than 50 local vineyards and serves them next to a sophisticated food menu on the airy back patio.
If you're a hiker by nature, Livermore has miles of trails to check out. The two main trail systems are the South Livermore Valley Trail and the Arroyo Mocho Trail. Arroyo Mocho passes right through the center of town and links up with the nearby city of Pleasanton, while the South Livermore Valley Trail encompasses more wilderness areas and parkland. The trails are open every day of the year; most are multiuse, meaning you will run into dogs, bikes and even the occasional horse while hiking.