Wander The Bay: Niles & Sunol

Niles & Sunol Day Trip Things to Do

Hey Hey!! I’m so overdue for a Bay Area day trip post! Summer is such a fun time here in the Bay because there are a ton of festivals and events going on everywhere. A fun historic town I’ve been exploring lately is the historic area of Niles in Fremont, CA! I’m also including a small piece towards the end about Sunol because I recommend riding the train to Sunol as part of your day trip to Niles!

Ride the Train to Sunol….

A day trip to Niles is incomplete if you don’t take the train to Sunol so make sure you go on a Sunday so you can make the most of your day there. Schedules change depending on the season so make sure you check out Niles Canyon Railway in advance. Tickets are $15-$20 for adults depending on if you ride the diesel or steam train.

At both the Niles station and the Sunol Station they have a museum with photos and information of when the stations were at their peak connecting the early East Bay communities. It’s very small and easily can see it all in 30 minutes depending on how much you read each thing….

Brunch in Sunol….

Once you get to Sunol there is not much to see. Most of the stores in the area have been closed and you can easily stroll the downtown area in a matter of minutes. I did see a few historic markers which were fun to read. Since you have to take the train back to Niles I would recommend stopping in Sunol for brunch. There is a restaurant directly across the street from the train station that has a cute outdoor seating area and yummy breakfast sandwiches and mimosas!

Explore Niles

Make you way back to Niles on the train and explore the downtown area. Majority of the stores are antique stores and filled with fun trinkets. Majority of the owners are locals and are extremely friendly! They love sharing stories of the past which is always a great treat! The Niles community does such a great job of preserving the ‘Old Town’ vibe from the train station to the line of historic cars parked along the main street.

Tea Tyme

….because tea is always a good idea! A must check out treat in Niles is Tea Tyme. After exploring the downtown area stop by Tea Tyme and grab a cup of refreshing tea and get an assortment of their tea sandwich selections….there’s also a retail section at the front if you are into tea sets!


Happy Exploring! Thanks for wandering the bay with me <3




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