Alameda, CA

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This small island city in San Francisco Bay combines eclectic museums and excellent dining with coastal trails, winery tours and watersports.

Across the bay from San Francisco, Alameda is a city with a small-town ambiance. It spreads over the leafy Alameda Island and Bay Farm Island. Visit Alameda for its tidy beaches, bayside pathways, watersports and wondrous views. Discover museums dedicated to naval history and pinball, and delve into a busy drinking, dining and shopping scene.

Begin your visit with insights into the history of the city at Alameda Museum. The Alameda Naval Air Museum retells the story of the city’s decommissioned naval base. Tour the USS Hornet Museum, a World War II aircraft carrier that aided in the recovery of Apollo 11. Play some of more than 90 vintage machines at the Pacific Pinball Museum and browse interesting exhibits at the Frank Bette Center For the Arts.

Miles of bike paths and walking trails skirt the city’s shorelines and invite exploration of attractive natural spaces. Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach is a popular spot for picnics, swimming, kite flying and wind surfing. Learn about the plants and animals of the Bay Area at Crab Cove Visitor Center and Aquarium. Spot aquatic birds at the Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary.

Stroll through the heart of Downtown Alameda via lively Park Street. Here, low-key and fine dining restaurants serve everything from Burmese to Ethiopian and Lithuanian cuisine. Boutiques and craft stores sit alongside restaurants inspired by Asian and European flavors on Webster Street. Attend a play or musical at the Altarena Playhouse.

At Alameda Point, head to Monarch Street, also known as Spirits Alley, to visit artisanal breweries, distilleries and wineries. Sample wines on a tour of the Rock Wall Wine Company. Sip vodka at Hangar 1 Vodka and brandies, gins, liqueurs and vodkas at St. George Spirits.

Travel to Alameda by catching a ferry to Alameda Main Street terminal from the Port of San Francisco or Fisherman’s Wharf. Public buses connect the city with Downtown Oakland. An almost citywide 25-mile-per-hour (40-kilometer-per-hour) speed limit helps maintain the neighborhood’s laid-back vibe.

Where to stay in Alameda

Coral Reef Inn & Suites
Coral Reef Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
400 Park St, Alameda, CA
The price is $107 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Located in East End, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Jack London Square, RingCentral Coliseum, and Fox Theater. Paramount Theatre and Oracle Arena ...
3.4/5 (2,299 reviews)
"The staff was attentive. The room was clean. I had a wonderful stay."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2021

Coral Reef Inn & Suites
Hampton Inn & Suites Oakland Airport-Alameda
Hampton Inn & Suites Oakland Airport-Alameda
2.5 out of 5
1700 Harbor Bay Parkway, Alameda, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $116 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Oracle Arena, RingCentral Coliseum, and Jack London Square. Oakland Zoo and Fox Theater are also ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (981 reviews)
"Property was nice and clean Everything fresh for breakfast"

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Oakland Airport-Alameda
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Oakland/Alameda
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Oakland/Alameda
2.5 out of 5
1628 Webster Street, Alameda, CA
The price is $179 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
Located in West Alameda, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of USS Hornet Museum, Jack London Square, and Fox Theater. Paramount Theatre is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (676 reviews)
"Friendly, helpful staff. Always present. Not having to wait for staff at the front desk."

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2021

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Oakland/Alameda
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Coral Reef Inn & Suites
Coral Reef Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
400 Park St, Alameda, CA
The price is $107 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Located in East End, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Jack London Square, RingCentral Coliseum, and Fox Theater. Paramount Theatre and Oracle Arena ...
3.4/5 (2,299 reviews)
"The staff was attentive. The room was clean. I had a wonderful stay."

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2021

Coral Reef Inn & Suites
Home2 Suites by Hilton Alameda Oakland Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Alameda Oakland Airport
3 out of 5
1660 HARBOR BAY PARKWAY, Alameda, CA
The price is $163 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 1
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Oracle Arena, RingCentral Coliseum, and Jack London Square. Oakland Zoo and Fox Theater ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (70 reviews)
"Good service, nice rooms and all amenities are included."

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Alameda Oakland Airport
Sailing cruiser 36" footer great for a couple, located at Pristine Marina
Sailing cruiser 36" footer great for a couple, located at Pristine Marina
Alameda, CA
Located in West Alameda, this houseboat is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from USS Hornet Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Jack London Square. Fox Theater and Paramount Theatre ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Unique Getaway
"Anyone can stay in a hotel but, not everyone can stay on a boat! What a beautiful way to visit California 😊. If you don’t want to walk to the shower you can drive to it! That made it super easy for me. Getting on and off the boat took a tiny bit of adjustment but in no time I was maneuvering like ..."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2021

Sailing cruiser 36" footer great for a couple, located at Pristine Marina
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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