Hayward, California, is an affordable and convenient base that lets you explore every nook of the Bay Area with ease. You’re close to the water here on the East Bay and the Hayward Hills behind the city offer a clear panorama that captures San Francisco, Fremont, Silicon Valley and Oakland with one memorable view.
The choice of days out is way too long to list, but for starters you can see San Francisco’s famous sights, tour prestigious universities, sample high-tech life in Silicon Valley or soak up the beautiful natural scenery around the bay. Let’s explore the best things to do in Hayward!
1. Hayward Japanese Gardens
Right in Hayward’s hectic downtown is this sanctuary where you can take a minute to reflect. The Japanese Garden was the Bay Area’s first to be designed according to strict traditional guidelines. Typical for this style of garden the beds with 70 different tree and plant species have been meticulously tended to resemble miniature landscapes and on a visit you’ll pass through pavilions, cross a bridge over a koi pond fed by a waterfall and see a Japanese teahouse. The detail is impressive – even the wood grain of garden’s structures has been carefully notched to give the impression of great age.