Fremont is a sprawling suburban city in the southern part of the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area; it is the 4th largest city in the Bay Area by population. Fremont is in the southern part of Alameda County, California, between Union City to the north, Sunol and the hills to the east, Milpitas and Santa Clara County to the south, and the San Francisco Bay to the west. The city of Newark, near the edge of the Bay, is surrounded by the city of Fremont.
Fremont industry is not particularly large relative to other parts of the Bay Area, but neither is it a bedroom community. Many people in Fremont work locally in the electronics and high-tech industry, while many others commute to Silicon Valley or San Francisco locations for work. Fremont, however, is growing again and attracting more and larger businesses; for example, Tesla Motors has taken over the former NUMMI factory owned by Toyota and General Motors. In 2012, Fremont was ranked the top U.S. city for technology startups per capita.
The city is home to one of California's "original Hollywood's", the Niles district where many of Charlie Chaplin and other silent movie era stars established their careers. It is also home to one of California's missions, and many other interesting destinations.
The City of Fremont is named after Civil War general John Charles Fremont, who prior to the war in the mid 1840s had mapped a trail to Mission San Jose to provide access for American settlers into the southeastern San Francisco Bay Area. John Fremont was one of California's first senators and went on to be the first U.S. presidential candidate for the Republican Party.
Lake Elizabeth in Fremont Central Park with Mission Peak in background
Unlike most sprawling suburbs, Fremont was planned and designed to be the way it is. In the 1950s, fearing that they would be annexed by the growing city of Hayward to the north, eight very small towns decided to unite to avoid annexation. Two towns (Alvarado and Decoto) closest to Hayward quickly incorporated into Union City. The six remaining towns got together and
extensively planned how things would be. Space was allocated both for industry and homes.
Space for roads large enough to support the massive traffic flows was set aside. One of the
small towns (Newark) dropped out of the coalition because it was slated to become an industrial zone. The five remaining towns -- (Centerville, Niles, Irvington, Mission San Jose, and Warm Springs, from north to south - annexed all the surrounding land to form the City of Fremont.
The oldest of the small towns was Mission San José, named for a Spanish mission founded in 1797. When this Mission was founded it was named "La Mision del Gloriosisimo Patriarch San José" in honor of St. Joseph. It is sometimes incorrectly called the Mission San José de Guadalupe, after "El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe" founded (1777) 20 miles south near the Guadalupe River, which became the present day city of San Jose.
Fremont emerged from this history with no real downtown. The first step to creating Downtown Fremont was taken in 2014 with the construction of the Capital Ave extension to Fremont Blvd. Fremont's future downtown -- bounded by Mowry Ave, Fremont Blvd, Walnut Ave, and Paseo Padre Pkwy -- is envisioned to become a mid-density, pedestrian friendly, transit oriented development.
Fremont has been multicultural since its inception, and is home to dozens of immigrant communities and a broad range of ethnicities. Today's visitor is likely to hear half a dozen languages spoken even during a fleeting trip through the city. It is said that the largest population of Afghanis outside Afghanistan live in Fremont, and it also has a large and growing south Asian community as well.
Because of their entangled history and their present sprawl that makes them blend into one another, the three cities -- Fremont, Newark, and Union City -- are sometimes called the Tri-Cities.
Oakland Airport (IATA: OAK) is about 20-40 minutes away by car via I-880 depending on the time of day. Rush hour traffic will almost certainly take 30-40 minutes, but most other times it is a very quick 15-20 minute drive. Or, you can take the new (2014) tram from the airport to BART--the Bay Area's rapid transit system--which runs directly to Fremont.
San Jose Airport (IATA: SJC) is about half an hour away via I-880 or I-680. During commute hours the traffic can be horrific along the 880, but 680 is often faster.
San Francisco Airport (IATA: SFO) is about 45-60 minutes away via US101 and SR84 (the Dumbarton Bridge), or via 101 to 84 to US92 (the San Mateo Bridge) to 880. This is the most difficult airport to get to and is also has more flight delays than other airports in the area. However, it is one of the largest and busiest airports in the world, so there are likely to be more airlines and more flight options going into and out of SFO. Avoid SFO if you can get a flight direct to Oakland or San Jose instead. There is a BART station in SFO which can take you to Fremont in about an hour and a half.
BART, 2000 BART Way (BART Fremont Station: off Civic Center Drive between Mowry and Walnut), . Bay Area Regional Transit service has its southernmost stop in Fremont; the line ends here for now. From Fremont there are trains north through Oakland, with Richmond or Daly City as their final destinations. By changing trains it is also possible to go inland all the way to Dublin/Pleasanton or to continue beyond Daly City to Millbrae, passing San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on the way. Construction is underway to extend BART south to Warm Springs/South Fremont (opening 2014) and to the Alameda county line. From there, VTA/BART Silicon Valley will extend the BART line further south into Santa Clara county, first to Milpitas and Berryessa in northeastern San Jose (opening 2017). In the distant future, with a little bit of luck and lots of funding, BART should be extended through a downtown San Jose subway to Santa Clara.edit
Amtrak Capitol Corridor, 37260 Fremont Boulevard (Amtrak station FMT at Fremont - Centerville), . The Capitol Corridor is an Amtrak route from downtown Sacramento to downtown San Jose passing through Fremont's Centerville district. From this line, you can transfer to BART at the Oakland Colliseum, or connect to long distance trains at the Emeryville depot. There are also bus links to the western outskirts of Oakland and Berkeley, and a short bus ride to downtown San Jose.edit
Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), 37260 Fremont Boulevard, . The ACE train connects towns east of Fremont with the Silicon Valley. This train runs only from the east four times a day during the morning commute and to the east four times a day during the afternoon/evening commute.edit
Valley Transit Authority (VTA), . Line 180/181 bus runs from downtown San Jose to Fremont BART station, including service on weekends and holidays.edit
AC Transit, . The U line runs from Stanford University to the Fremont BART station, and the Dumbarton Express (DB line) runs from Palo Alto through Ardenwood to the Union City BART station, but only during weekday commute hours.edit
The geography of city of Fremont and its street system is defined by the hills on the east side of the city and the bay on the west. Mission Blvd runs along the foot of the hills and the city is mainly on the bay side of Mission Blvd. Streets more or less perpendicular to it (e.g., Central Ave, Mowry Ave, Stevenson Blvd) have address numbers increasing as you move away from Mission Blvd towards the bay (e.g., 4000 represents the 40th block from Mission Blvd, which in central Fremont is near Fremont Blvd). Streets running more or less parallel to the hills (e.g., Fremont Blvd, Blacow Rd, etc) have address numbers in the five digits in the city, increasing as you move further south (e.g., 39000 is near Mowry Ave and represents roughly the 390th block from Lake Merritt, Oakland). Locals call streets running parallel to the hills, with the five-digit address numbers, north-south streets (although they are more like northwest-southeast) and streets running perpendicular to the hills east-west streets (more like northeast-southwest).
Fremont Blvd, as you might expect, is the main surface street running the length of the city of Fremont, more of less parallel to the hills, starting at Exit 22 of I-880 in North Fremont, cutting straight through the middle of the city of Fremont, making a right turn at Irvington, crossing I-880 once again at Exit 13 in South Fremont, and dead ending in Warm Springs. In the middle part of city of Fremont, the major streets are on a grid, with Fremont Blvd and Blacow Rd one mile apart. Perpendicular to them, Central Ave, Mowry Ave, and Stevenson Blvd are also one mile apart, on the bay side of Fremont Blvd.
Given the large geographic spread of Fremont, driving is the preferred method for getting around. Travel by car is also prevalent in the area given the poor public transit service to the city. Fremont streets are usually easy to navigate as difficult intersections were re-engineered for efficiency several decades ago, though some corridors such as Mission Blvd remain moderately congested but not nearly as bad as most major streets elsewhere in the Bay Area.
The major freeways through Fremont are the bayside Nimitz (I-880) and the inland I-680. Although the two freeways are only a mile apart in South Fremont-Warm Springs, they do not intersect. Motorists will find travel to be very slow during commute hours in the unfavorable direction; especially so on the I-880, which is commonly said (and probably erroneously) to be one of the most congested highways in America.
Mission Blvd crosses I-680 twice at Exits 16 and 12. Locals sometimes refer to Exit 16 as "North Mission" and Exit 12 as "South Mission." Fremont Blvd crosses I-880 twice at Exit 22 and Exit 13. The locals call Exit 22 "North Fremont" and Exit 13 "South Fremont." So if someone tells you to take the "Fremont Blvd" exit or the "Mission Blvd" exit, make sure you know which one they're talking about. The exit number increases as you move north.
Bike lanes are present on many major roads in Fremont. For maximum safety, avoid
the large roads that lead to the freeway since they are the most congested, and your
bike isn't going to go on the freeway anyway, is it?
The city of Fremont publishes a bikeway path on its website  showing bike paths, trails, alternate routes for bikes, and detailing which intersections are tricky or dangerous. Print copies of the map are available at various government buildings or by ordering through the web site.
The AC Transit bus system  serves the city of Fremont as well as other cities in the East Bay. Bus routes and schedules are designed for the daily commuter, not the casual traveler. In the middle of the day, buses may run as infrequently as once per hour, so be sure you have an up-to-date bus schedule and know when your bus is coming. The Fremont BART station serves as a bus terminal for transferring between the various bus routes.
Taxis are not common in Fremont, and you will not be able to 'flag one down' while making your way about town. The only taxi stand of note is the one at the Fremont BART Station, where typically several taxis are lined up in a queue. There are many taxi companies that service the area, however you will not find many driving the streets all day. If you need to travel by taxi, plan ahead of time and schedule a taxi with one of the companies serving the area.
Ardenwood Historic Farm, 34600 Ardenwood Blvd. (From I-880 in Fremont, take the Decoto Road/Dumbarton Bridge/Highway 84 exit. Go west on Highway 84 toward the Dumbarton Bridge. Take the Ardenwood/Newark Blvd. exit and turn right (north) onto Ardenwood Blvd. The park entrance is ahead, on the right.), . Tu-Su 10AM-4PM. Ardenwood is a 200 acre working farm originally founded in 19th century and was the home of gold miner and sharecropper George Patterson. On Thursdays through Sundays, park staff and volunteers dress in Victorian costumes, conduct tours of the Patterson House, and demonstrate farm chores. Visitors can help with the crops, visit the farm animals, ride a hay wagon or horse-drawn train, and observe a blacksmith at work.Tu W Sa Adults $3, Children $2; Th F Su Adults $6, Children $4. edit
Fremont Central Park and Lake Elizabeth, 40000 Paseo Padre Parkway, ☎ +1 510 790-5541, . Huge park south of the Fremont BART station (bounded by Paseo Padre Pkwy, Stevenson Blvd, and the Union Pacific Railroad) with paved trails around Lake Elizabeth and with Mission Peak as backdrop. Great for a picnic, kite-flying or exercise. Aqua Adventure water park, opened in 2009, anchors the south side of the park (off Paseo Padre near Grimmer). Moving north on Paseo Padre, one finds the Community, Senior, and Visitor Centers, respectively. Boat rentals available at the Boathouse near the Visitor Center. Along the Stevenson Blvd edge of the park are the Fremont Main Library and Police Department. The north side of the park supports 6 softball fields, 10 soccer/football fields, and 18 tennis courts.edit
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Area National Wildlife Refuge, (Take SR84 west toward the Dumbarton Bridge. Go south at the Thornton Exit. After a quarter mile, turn right onto Marshlands Rd.), ☎ +1 510 792-0222, . The baylands around the south end of the San Francisco Bay have been turned into a federally-regulated Wildlife Refuge. A new small visitor center at the Fremont headquarters on Marshlands Road provides information about and maps of the Refuge bayland trails and hilltop lookout. These marshlands are also home to Drawbridge, California, a long-abandoned ghost town along the railroad lines into the area, however current safety regulations imposed by the refuge prohibit entering the area.edit
The main facade of the restored 1809 Mission San José chapel
Mission San Jose and Museum, 43300 Mission Blvd., . Museum open daily 10AM-5PM; Mass weekdays 8AM. Spanish mission founded in 1797. The original 1809 adobe church was destroyed by an 1868 earthquake along the Hayward fault. The current mission building underwent a four-year reconstruction project to produce a modern replica of the 1809 adobe church with 4'-5' walls and was dedicated in 1985 for daily Mass and tours ($3). The only surviving building from the Spanish period is a monastery, which serves as a small museum of seven rooms that houses a collection of artifacts, vestments, and memorabilia. The small cemetery holds the graves of many prominent Spanish and American settlers. edit
Sunol Water Temple, (outside of Fremont proper, east on SR84, the Niles Canyon Road, near Pleasanton). M-F 9AM-3PM. All tourists will want to see some of California's infamous waterworks and the surprisingly attractive Water Temple is the closest exemplar.edit
Broadway West, 4000-B Bay Street, (510) 683-9218, . A stage company that performs five plays every year in a very intimate setting. Expect well-performed, offbeat plays. They also hold dinner mystery theaters, and plays by local writers.
Big Cinemas Fremont 7, 39160 Paseo Padre Parkway, ☎ +1 510 797-2000, . Shows Bollywood Films' produced on the other side of the globe, most with English subtitles. The concession offers good-quality snacks like pakoras and samosas.edit
Niles Silent Film Museum, 37395 Niles Boulevard, ☎ +1 510 494-1411, . Sa noon-4PM. Showcases silent Films, many which were originally produced locally and are now shown with their original accuracy. Films are shown Friday and Saturday nights for a small fee, and fine homemade snacks are served. The theater also has an attached museum exhibiting the Niles district's deep roots in California's burgeoning film industry of the early to mid 1900s.edit
Alameda Creek Trail, (Niles Staging Area on Old Canyon Road), . 5AM-10PM. 12 mile long bike trail follows the Alameda Creek flood-control channel from the hills to the bay. The paved trail is entirely car-free thanks to underpasses beneath each cross-street. About two miles from the bay, you can optionally go to Coyote Hills for a good view. From there, you can proceed south to the Don Edwards Wildlife refuge, and then west to the bike lane over the Dumbarton Bridge. Starting from the easternmost point on the trail (at the Niles Staging Area on Old Canyon Road) means that you will generally go downwind last when you are most tired. edit
Aqua Adventure Water Park, 40500 Paseo Padre Pkwy (north of Grimmer in Fremont Central Park), ☎ 510 494-4426, . edit
Coyote Hills Regional Park, 8000 Patterson Ranch Road, . Apr-Oct 8AM-8PM, Oct-Apr 8AM-6PM. Good place for hiking, biking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Isolated small hill near the bay with a great view of San Francisco on a clear day.$6 per motor vehicle. edit
Mission Peak is visible throughout Fremont.
Mission Peak, . A great place for a challenging hike where you are rewarded with a very nice view of the Bay Area. The peak overlooks the Santa Clara valley and the Bay. To the east you can see Livermore and on a clear day, the Sierra Nevada. Bring a coat in the Fall and Winter. edit
Niles Canyon Railway, 37001 Mission Blvd, . On the first and third Sunday of each month you can take a train ride on what was known as the Historic Transcontinental Gateway to the San Francisco Bay. The railway offers scenic one-hour locomotive excursions through the very canyon where Charlie Chaplin's "The Tramp" was filmed.A donation of $5-10 is suggested. (37.579753,-121.982038)edit
Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area, 2100 Isherwood Way (off Paseo Padre Pkwy), . Named for the quarries that once supplied gravel for the construction of the western section of the transcontinental railroad, this water-oriented recreation area offers picnicking, boating, swimming and fishing in the lakes that now fill the old quarry pits, but also has room for hiking and wildlife viewing. edit
Sharks Ice at Fremont, 44388 Old Warm Springs Blvd (off Fremont Blvd south of Auto Mall Pkwy), ☎ 510 623-7200, . A pleasant place to ice skate; has public hours nearly every day.edit
Fremont Festival of the Arts, downtown Fremont (Capitol Ave from State St to Paseo Padre Pkwy), ☎ 510-795-2244, . First weekend of August, 10am-6pm. Largest free street festival on the West coast. Produced by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. 30 years running, over 700 booths, with wide variety of activities and entertainment for the entire family.Free. edit
Asian or Afghan Supermarkets. The cheapest way to travel to the Pacific Rim or Afghanistan from the U.S. is to visit one of these stores, which are full of exotica but also a great place to buy Asian cookware or pick up healthy take-out food.edit
99 Ranch Market (大華超級市場), 34444 Fremont Blvd (at Paseo Padre Pkwy in North Fremont), ☎ +1 510 791-8899. daily 9AM-9PM. One of the first 99 Ranch in the East Bay (opened in 1995) with a great hot deli takeout.edit
Marina Food (永和超級市場), 46196 Warm Springs Blvd (at Fulton Rd, north of Mission Blvd, in Warm Springs), ☎ (510) 249-9199. Brand new in 2010 and located in the new Fremont Times Square shopping center, this supermarket is the fourth Marina Food and the most modern. edit
99 Ranch Market Fremont Mission (大華超級市場), 46881 Warm Springs Blvd (southwest corner of Mission Blvd in Warm Springs), ☎ +1 510 659-8899. Daily, 9AM-9PM. Was a Lion Food Center; remodeled and opened in 2011 as a new 99 Ranch Market and one of the cleanest.edit
Centerville's Farmers Market, (next to the historic Centerville Depot at Bonde Way and Fremont Boulevard), . Saturdays 9AM-1PM. Lots of towns have Farmers Markets but Fremont-Centerville's features the tastes and smells of the Far East: opu melon, malabar spinach, gai lan, balut and innumerable others. Of course there are heirloom tomatoes and apples as well.edit
Fremont Hub, (Fremont Blvd between Mowry and Walnut), . Mon–Fri 10am to 9pm Saturday 10am to 6pm Sunday 11am to 5pm. The downtown shopping center with over 70 shops and restaurants, anchored by Target and Safeway.edit
Fry's Electronics, 43800 Osgood Road (Auto Mall Rd exit off I-680), ☎ +1 510 242-5300, . M-F 8AM-9PM, Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 9AM-7PM. The famous electronics store chain with high ceilings and acres of space.edit
Irvington's Farmers Market, Bay Street and Trimboli Way (near the US Post Office), . Sundays 9AM-2PM. Fremont's largest Farmers Market, about three blocks of stalls, located in the heart of Irvington right by the Post Office. Open rain or shine.edit
Niles district, Niles Boulevard, . An old fashioned Main Street with lots of antique shops, art galleries, and restaurants.edit
Pacific Commons, 43951 Boscell Road (south of Auto Mall Pkwy and I-880), . Newer car-oriented shopping center, the largest in southern Alameda County, is located just south of Automall Pkwy and I-880, serviced by Christy St, Pacific Commons Blvd, and Boscell Rd. Anchors include Kohls, Lowes, Costco, Target, and Century Theater. A longer list of anchor stores, restaurants, and other services can be found here.(37°30'10N,121°58'18W)edit
Many restaurants cater to Fremont's large immigrant community. Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, and Afghani food are very common.
Aberdeen Cafe (香港仔), 46831 Warm Springs Blvd (just south of Mission Blvd), ☎ 510 659-0888. Hong Kong cuisine in Fremont, located in the shopping center anchored by new (2011) 99 Ranch Market Fremont Mission.edit
Asian Pearl Seafood Restaurant (順峰漁港), 43635 Boscell Road (Auto Mall Pkwy to Boscell Rd on the western edge of the Pacific Commons complex), ☎ 510 979-1368. Opened in 2008. Large restaurant quite popular for expensive (from $300 to over $1000 per table) Chinese banquets. Serves also wide array of Chinese dishes and great dim sum for weekday lunches. Can be very crowded on weekends. Suitable for special occasions.Moderate. edit
Basil Leaf, 3241 Walnut Ave (near Paseo Padre Prkwy in Walnut Plaza), ☎ 510 792-9991. Still good Vietnamese cuisine served in one of the largest Vietnamese restaurants in town, even with the recent change (2012) in restaurant name and menu. Inexpensive.edit
Bob Sang Korean BBQ & Tofu, 4185 Cushing Pkwy (west of I880, in stripmall just west of McDonalds), . Recent (2010) change to all you can eat Korean dinner (entire table party must order this) as well as regular Korean menu items for lunch and dinner. Lunch inexpensive, dinner moderate. edit
Chaat Cafe - Fremont, 3954 Mowry Avenue (in the Fremont Hub.), ☎ 510 796-3408, . A good cheap bay area Indian "fast-food" chain that serves wraps, kebobs and curries.edit
Country Way, 5325 Mowry Avenue (Between Farwell and I-880. Enter from Farwell.), ☎ +1 510 797-3188. This restaurant is of notoriety for Fremont residents. Ask anybody and they will tell you that this place has the best, most filling meals. Especially for breakfast.edit
De Afghanan, 37405 Fremont Blvd (Centerville), ☎ +1 510 745-9599. Across the street from Salang, and not quite as good.edit
Dino's Family Restaurant, 36930 Fremont Blvd. (just north of Thornton Ave.), ☎ +1 510 792-6533. Be sure not to confuse this with Dina's Family Restaurant on 40800 Fremont Blvd. Dino's is a charming "mom & pop" American food diner: complete with friendly staff, plentiful portions, and very reasonable prices. Don't be surprised when you're called "dear" or "sweetheart," here.edit
Dragon BBQ Express, 39486 Fremont Blvd (at Sundale Dr), ☎ (510) 739-1868. Mon-Sun 10:30 am - 8:30 pm. A small BBQ deli just like those in Chinatown with great roast duck, BBQ pork, roast pig, and a large variety of homestyle Chinese dishes on the steam table. Take credit cards.Inexpensive. edit
Elephant Bar Restaurant, 39233 Fremont Blvd. (between Mowry and Walnut in the Fremont Hub), ☎ +1 510 742-6221, . Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. A better than average chain restaurant, at about the usual price for a slightly upscale restaurant. Kids meals are cheap here.edit
Food Talk Cafe (食神), 43755 Boscell Road (Auto Mall Pkwy to Boscell Rd on the western edge of the Pacific Commons complex), ☎ 510 668-0898. Good Taiwanese-Cantonese food served in a small modern cafe setting with black tabletops, white china, black chop sticks, and soft lighting.Moderate. edit
Fu Lam Moon, 40460 Albrae St. (west on Stevenson exit from I-880), ☎ +1 510 668-1333, . M-F 11AM-2:30 5PM-midnight, Sa-Su 10AM-3PM 5PM-midnight. A fine place for dim sum on weekends from about 10-2. Not recommended for regular meals.edit
Habibi Restaurant, 3906 Washington Blvd. (Irvington Shopping Plaza), ☎ +1 510 659-9034, . M-Sa 11AM-9PM, closed Sunday. "The Flavor of Lebanon." A small and noisy neighborhood place with tasty food.edit
Ho Chow Restaurant, 47966 Warm Springs Blvd (in the Gallerie), ☎ (510) 657-0683, . Daily 11:30AM-2:30PM, 4:30-9:30PM. Szechuan and Mandarin cuisine in a very stylish contemporary setting. Ho Chow uses fresh ingredients and no added monosodium glutamate. The wine list has fine wines from California and France. Lunch entrees are inexpensive. Dinner entrees are carefully planned and spiced creations. Check their website for menus.Moderate. edit
King Noodle, 39226 Argonaut Way (between Mowry and Walnut, in the Fremont Hub), ☎ +1 510 795-2888, . Daily 9AM-9PM. The best cheap fast and filling Asian noodle dishes in town. Order at table and pay at the cashier by giving the table number. Inexpensive; cash only. edit
La Casita Restaurant, 41420 Fremont Blvd. (south of Washington, in Irvington), ☎ +1 510 657-8602. This restaurant has some of the best Mexican food in town! Try the enchiladas there may be a wait on Fridays.edit
La Sen Restaurant, 181 Fremont Hub Courtyard (off Fremont Blvd between Mowry and Walnut), ☎ 510 494-8300. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; closed Sundays. Well presented very good Vietnamese food. Located in the middle courtyard of the Fremont Hub. Specialty dishes include a delicious cubed filet mignon steak rice plate for only $9.Inexpensive. edit
Li Zhou Chinese Restaurant, 36456 Fremont Blvd (in Alder Plaza just north of Thornton), ☎ 510 739-6811. 10:30am - 9:30pm, closed Tuesday. You may order a Chinese breakfast (limited selection) or a $6 business lunch (good selection, weekdays only). If you're hungry for home-style Chinese cooking, order three big dishes (large selection) for only $18.Inexpensive, cash only. edit
MW Chinese Gourmet, 36659 Fremont Blvd (between Alder and Thornton), ☎ 510 795-1018. Mon-Thu 11-9:30pm; Fri 11-10pm; Sat 10-10pm; Sum 10-9:30pm. Good value for dim sum (watch the carts; each dish is only $2) as well as usual Cantonese dishes. Look for specials posted on the door or near the front.Inexpensive. edit
New Yong Kang Seafood Restaurant, 40900 Fremont Blvd (just north of 24 Fitness near Chapel Way, in Irvington), ☎ 510 252-9926. Tu-Su: 10:30AM-9:30PM; closed Monday. Surprisingly, Fremont is home to an award winning restaurant: the New Yong Kang. The Chinese food here is probably one of the best in town, although the atmosphere is not. Order three large dishes for $19.50.Inexpensive; cash only. edit
Pho Saigon Pasteur, 43460 Grimmer Blvd (north of AutoMall Pkwy), ☎ (510) 249-9902, . Mon-Sat 10am - 9pm; Sun Closed. Small 45-seat family-owned (since 2011) Vietnamese Noodle House in a strip mall next to the Arco gas station. Favorites include pho (14 kinds) and bo luc lac (shaking beef filet mignon over rice). One reviewer puts Pasteur among the top three pho houses in the South bay.Inexpensive. edit
Salang Pass, 37462 Fremont Blvd. (Centerville), ☎ +1 510 795-9200. An upscale, superb Afghani restaurant with superb kabobs and beautiful decor. Possibly the best Afghani food in the Bay Area. If you're looking for something cheaper, "De Kabob House", across the street, is excellent and has lots of character, but tiny and slow. Just look for the long line of hungry people standing outside a door. No alcohol is served.edit
Sala Thai 1, 39170 State St (off Mowry in Town Fair Shopping Center), ☎ 1 510 792-0770, . Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 12-9pm. Good Thai food in a nice setting. Special lunch menu Mon-Fri 11am-3pm is good value.Moderate. edit
Shalimar, 3325 Walnut Ave (in Walnut Plaza), ☎ 1 510 494-1919. Great Indian/Pakistani food. Always filled with Indian people which is a good sign! Order at the counter. But you might want to get it take-out if you don't want to have to wait for a table.edit
Shanghai Noodle House, 40575 Fremont Blvd (near Grimmer Blvd (Irvington) in the Fremont Shopping Center), ☎ (510) 668-1007, . 10:30AM-2:30PM, 5-9PM; closed Wednesdays. Small popular noodle house. Get there early on weekends.Inexpensive, cash only. edit
Sushi Yat, 3353 Walnut Ave. (in Walnut Plaza anchored by Smart & Final), ☎ 510 793-8780. Lunch: M-F 11am-230pm; Dinner: daily 5-10pm. Intimate Japanese ambiance and good Japanese cuisine, despite the Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) chatter from the kitchen help and TV. Value leader during 5th anniversary is a chicken teriyaki bento lunch special for only $5.edit
Teo Chow Noodle Shack, 4165 Cushing Pkwy (west of I880 in the stripmall just west of McDonalds), ☎ 510 657-2800, . Mon - Sat 11:00 AM - 9:35 PM; Sun 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM. New (2012) contemporary noodle shop with open kitchen that lets you create your own yummy noodle dish/bowl. Order at the counter and they will bring your bowl/dish to your table.Inexpensive. edit
The Vine, Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536. Cuisine: American, Vegetarian, Contemporary, Californian. Family Friendlyedit
Yuki Japanese Restaurant, 1932 Driscoll Rd. (in strip mall north of Paseo Padre Pkwy), ☎ +1 510 656-5021, . M-Sa: 11:30-2PM lunch, 5-9PM dinner; closed Sunday lunch. Outstanding sushi and traditional Japanese dishes prepared with flare. Quite possibly Fremont's finest Japanese restaurant. Be prepared to wait during peak hours.Lunch, inexpensive; dinner, moderate. edit
Yum's Bistro (知味館), 4906 Paseo Padre Pkwy (in Ardenwood strip mall near Deep Creek Rd), ☎ 510 745-8866, . SMWTFS lunch and dinner, closed Tues. Family run Cantonese restaurant in Ardenwood.moderate. edit
Hyatt Place Silicon Valley, 3101 West Warren Ave (Exit no. 12 off of I-880), ☎ +1 510 623-6000, . checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon. Free breakfast. Also a café.From $79. edit
La Quinta Inn and Suites, 46200 Landing Parkway, ☎ +1 510 445-0808, . Good free breakfast, free high-speed internet in some rooms, but call the local number to make sure you are really getting one of the right rooms--don't rely on the description when booking on the web.edit
Motel 6 Fremont North, 34047 Fremont Boulevard, ☎ +1 510 793-4848 (fax: +1 510 791-8170), . This chain is a great cheap place to stay when you're out in the middle of nowhere on a highway. And usually terrible in major cities. Fremont resembles the latter.edit
Residence Inn Fremont Silicon Valley, 5400 Farwell Place, ☎ +1 510 794-5900 (fax: +1 510 793-6587), . edit
Get touristy by going to San Francisco via BART. Ride the cable cars from the Powell Street BART Station to Fisherman's Wharf, thereby accomplishing two of the most touristy things on the West Coast.
The Oakland Museum of California in Oakland is the best museum about California history. Take BART to the Lake Merritt station in Oakland. Exit the station to 9th Street and walk down Oak Street with the one-way flow of traffic. The entrance to the museum will be on the right side of Oak Street midway between 10th and 12th Streets.
Ride the Rails to the California State Railroad Museum  in Sacramento. Take Amtrak's Capitol Corridor  train to Sacramento. From the Sacramento station, walk across the parking lot (under the overpasses) west about a block. The museum has one of the largest collections of antique trains in the United States. On summer weekends you can also catch a short steam-train ride. The museum is in Old Sacramento which provides touristy shops and food. Be careful when reading the train schedule: buses are used for some segments at certain hours, so make sure the schedule says you get a train and not a bus.
See the ocean by going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium  in Monterey. It's about one and a half hours by car. A great place to both see and learn about the local ocean. After the museum, grab a seafood dinner at the Monterey Fisherman's Wharf  or Cannery Row. If you have an uncontrollable desire to swim in the freezing Pacific water, the beach in Carmel (just south of Monterey) is the place to try it.