Richmond is served by I-80 from San Francisco, Vallejo and Sacramento, I-580 from Berkeley, Marin County and Oakland and Richmond Parkway skirting most of town as a bypass. Public transportation is provided with an intermodal transit center comprising BART and Amtrak, with local buses run by AC Transit. But due to the horrible reputation of Richmond, it is best recommended to exit BART from one of the two stations in El Cerrito.
The Richmond coast includes many historic and natural parks including, Rosie the Riveter National historic museum, SS Red Oak historic WWII museum ship, and Point Pinole Regional park and Miller Knox Regional shoreline. Also Wildcat Canyon Regional park includes many hiking trails in the coastal mountains.
Launched in 1944, and commisioned as the USS Red Oak Victory ship, the Red Oak is the only vessel built by the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, California that is being restored. This last remaining Boulder Class Victory saw service in the World War II, Korea and Vietnam has the distinction of being the only ship operated by both military and civilian personnel during career. Call (510)-222-9200. Location: Dornan Drive at Ferry Point.
The Golden State Railroad Museum consists 10,000 square feet of O, HO, and N scale train tracks. In the museum, you will find 3 large railroad tracks, constucted and owned by the EBMES. It is open from April to December. It is located on Dornan Drive, past the Ferry Point Tunnel. Call (510)- 234- 4884.
The Masquers theater is located in Point Richmond on the eastshore of the San Francisco bay. The Masquers playhouse has been producing and showing plays for the last 50 years. There are 100 seats. They show 5 productions year round. Call (510)-232-4031.
Many Jazz and music performances every Summer, every month June, July, August, and September. Live performances. The First Friday of every month. Starts at 5:30
Richmond is home to Hilltop Mall, a large enclosed shopping center anchored by Macy's, Sears, JC Penney, and Walmart. Outside of any shopping center, a local favorite is Annie's Annuals , a nursery that specializes in rare, exotic, and down-right interesting plants. Annie's is so extensive, leave yourself a few hours to browse the entire operation. Downtown Point Richmond has many shops and cafes.
Americana Pizza & Taqueria 13350 San Pablo Ave Ste A4 San Pablo, CA 94806 510.412.2104 510.236.9005 Good Food, Generous Portions, Good Prices. Payment Options: Visa, Master Card, Discover, Diners Club, Atm. 24 hour delivery free with minimum $15.00 purchase
Hotel Mac- 50 Washington Street, the most elegant hotel in the Bay Area, Built in 1910, was the second hotel built in Richmond, after the Critchett Hotel (closed in 1909. Near Downtown Point Richmond, and beaches and shops. Features a first class restaurant and bar. Call (510)- 233- 0010 [http:hotelmac.net]
Quality Inn- 915 West Cutting Boulevard (510) 237-3000. Just a walk to Downtown Point Richmond, attractions, and beaches.
Extendedstay America 3170 Garrity Way Richmond, Ca 94806 Phone (510) 222-7383. Walking distance to the Hilltop Mall.
The safest parts of Richmond consist of Marina Bay and Point Richmond south of I-580, the Hilltop area north of San Pablo where Hilltop Mall is and much of East Richmond on the other side of I-80 or San Pablo Avenue at the most.
Unfortunately, Downtown Richmond along with most of the city (primarily the Iron Triangle and Central Richmond) is a whole different story. These areas of Richmond (75% of the city's area) are the reason behind its horrible reputation, ranking with Compton as among the worst cities in California statistically when it comes to per capita crime rate. Travelers that must traverse these parts of town should know their way around, visit only during daylight hours, and stay on the major thoroughfares, such as Richmond Parkway, Macdonald Avenue, 23rd Street or Cutting Boulevard.
Richmond's violent crime rate has recently been reduced dramatically. A recent high of 47 gun homicides in 2009 stands in stark contrast to the 11 gun homicides in 2014. However, it is still essential to use common sense and street smarts when traveling in Richmond.