Only about thirty miles from San Francisco, the town of Danville prides itself on being just that: a town. Despite having a population of nearly 45,000, residents and the town’s government insist on not being called a city. Don’t let that fool you, though; the town has plenty of other things to brag about. Danville has the fourteenth highest income of every zip code in the United States, and they have the second largest income nationwide amongst towns or cities with a population over 40,000. Danville is also home to many notable people, including supermodel Christy Turlington and Olympic swimmer Dana Vollmer.
You don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy Danville, though. You don’t even have to be human! Danville boasts nearly twenty dog-friendly restaurants if you’re feeling the urge to go chow down with your chow hound. There are also a few veterinarians to choose from, so you can find one that works best for you. Just outside of town, there are three different emergency animal hospitals that are open twenty-four hours a day. While no one wants to think about something happening to their pets, it’s worth knowing about. Come visit Danville with your dog, and see all this town – not city – has to offer!
If you’re looking to have a day full of fun with your pup, head straight to the heart of Danville! Enjoy going for a walk on the Iron Horse Regional Trail. Originally a railroad track, this trail is now popular with dog owners and bicyclists. Fido has to be on his leash the whole time, and you’ll wanna make sure to bring along some waste disposal bags. After taking a walk, you’ll probably be hungry. Head to the nearby Basil Leaf, which serves up delicious Italian classics alongside lighter fare like sandwiches and salads. Bone appetite!
Sometimes, a dog just needs to run around off his leash, and Hap Magee Ranch Park and Canine Corral gives your dog that opportunity! While your dog is free to explore the entire Hap Magee Ranch with you, he’ll need to be on his leash. Within the park, though, are two separate areas just for dogs; one is for small dogs, and the other is for large dogs. Your dog can make some friends of his own while burning off any excess energy. Waste bags are provided, but you might want to bring a towel if it’s been raining, as the park gets quite muddy.
Despite not being a dog park, Danville’s Osage Station Park is a hit with dog owners! Enjoy a walk in the park with your leashed dog. He’ll enjoy getting out of the house, but you’ll enjoy all of the beautiful scenery. Make sure to bring your phone or camera along to snap some pictures of the stunning flowers planted throughout the park, and don’t forget to enjoy the sight of the rolling hills just beyond the park. For your convenience, Osage Station Park even provides waste disposal bags throughout the park. Bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it!
A little over fifteen minutes outside of Danville is San Ramon’s Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, which gives you and your pooch the chance to go wild while having some serious fun. You and your dog can enjoy any of the trails going through the park; Fido just needs to be on his leash. Once off the trails, though, Fido can run around off his leash. Be aware that this area is not fenced in, and wildlife has been spotted in the area, so please watch over your furry friend carefully. Bring along plenty of water and some waste disposal bags.
Ten minutes up the road from Danville is an area of Walnut Creek known as Sugarloaf Open Space, and as fun as the name is to say, it’s even more fun to visit! This beautiful area is surrounded by rolling hills with lush grass and plenty of shady trees. The best part? Your dog can run around the area off of his leash! It’s a great place for both you and your dog to get in some exercise while either exploring or playing a game of fetch. Bring along some water and waste disposal bags and enjoy having fun with one another!