A lot of this region is sprawlburbia, but layered underneath the strip-mall macadam lies an area of considerable natural beauty ringed by plenty of open space. I'd probably enjoy it more if it really was just open space, but since folks insist on a nonsustainable lifestyle I'll have to accept it as it is.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse
However, as you leave the City, you can stop at
Treasure Island (the island that forms the midpoint of the Bay Bridge)
and have a beautiful view back toward downtown and the
South of Livermore, a vast area of rugged mountains and
deep valleys spreads out east of San Jose. There's not much out here
except for a few ranches and a single, one-to-two-lane road.
The Cold, Grey Pacific Ocean
eastern edge of the Livermore Valley is decorated with the dozens of
windmills along Altamont Pass. They smack a bird or two, but
otherwise use the frequent Bay-to-Valley winds to help solve the power
Sitting over 4,200' above the Bay, the Lick
Observatory commands a fine view of the sky far above the Bay Area
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