Berkeley, CA

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Berkeley featuring a city, a river or creek and a high rise building

Express yourself in many ways in the eclectic neighborhoods of this city where the Free Speech Movement started in the 1960s.

Berkeley, California, was a focal point during Vietnam War demonstrations in the 1960s. Recently protests have centered on the University of California city’s campus. Visit UC Berkeley and its 178-acre (72-hectare) park-like campus that links sections of the city. Take a self-guided tour and listen to a lecture in the university’s exploratory thinking environment.

Connected to UC Berkeley’s south campus is Telegraph Avenue’s abundance of book and record stores, each one unique. Stroll through this area for an interesting blend of old-time and contemporary California culture.

While Telegraph Avenue is acclaimed for its trendy stores, cafés and highly rated hotels, Gourmet Ghetto and Downtown Berkeley provide varied fine restaurants and local cuisine. Follow the Edible Excursions Culinary Walking Tour, one of the best in the San Francisco Bay area.

Berkeley is a great place for families, with many fun activities. Come to Adventure Playground rated by National Geographic as one of the USA’s best play areas for climbing, zip lining and other attractions. It was built from reclaimed materials and is free. Experience Aquatic Park for hiking, bird watching, boating or a game of Frisbee golf. Try Cesar Chavez Park’s paved trail crossing 90 acres (36 hectares) of gently rolling terrain overlooking San Francisco Bay.

Lawrence Hall of Science has interactive displays for all family members, including a planetarium program and 3-D movie theater. Take younger family members to Habitot Children’s Discovery Museum for scientific concepts introduced in an easy-to-understand format with many art activities as well.

You’ll also find one of the largest reptile specialty stores in the country at East Bay Vivarium, with an outstanding collection of snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs and tarantulas. Even if you’re just browsing, it offers a fascinating visit. Play one of 800 board or dexterity games while sipping craft coffee or beer or savoring an artisanal pizza at Victory Point Café.

There is plenty to do when visiting Berkeley’s many neighborhoods and experiencing the city’s spirit, which ultimately defines California.

Where to stay in Berkeley

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
4 out of 5
200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $135 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of McLaughlin Eastshore State Park and Cesar Chavez Park. Berkeley Marina and Adventure Playground ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,333 reviews)
"This is a quiet, pleasant refuge after a busy day in the East Bay. There are trails to walk and wonderful views of the Marina. From my room I could see both the Golden Gate and the Bay bridges off in the distance. The restaurant was very good. I will stay there again."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
4 out of 5
2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $161 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
Located in Downtown Berkeley, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Telegraph Avenue, University of California, Berkeley, and Greek Theater. Lawrence Berkeley ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (967 reviews)
"No on-site parking but access is provided to the parking lot across the street though the guest is responsible for the parking fees. It cost me $30 for a one night stay (Sat 3:00 PM thru Sun 12:00 PM. You can also park on the street IF you can find a spot at one of the metered locations though I ..."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Claremont Club & Spa - A Fairmont Hotel
Claremont Club & Spa - A Fairmont Hotel
5 out of 5
41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA
The price is $332 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
This family-friendly Berkeley hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of University of California, Berkeley and Greek Theater. Lawrence Hall of ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (987 reviews)
"Fabulous vintage hotel Great views of SF bay and Golden Gate Staff was terrific"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Claremont Club & Spa - A Fairmont Hotel
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.
Serene Cozy Private Suite Patio ~ Upscale Berkeley
Serene Cozy Private Suite Patio ~ Upscale Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
The price is $89 per night from Jan 2 to Jan 2
Located in Claremont, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of California, Berkeley, Telegraph Avenue, and Greek Theater. Lawrence Berkeley ...
5/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
nice hideaway
"Beautiful place, great neighborhood!"

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

Serene Cozy Private Suite Patio ~ Upscale Berkeley
Cute one bedroom cottage in Albany
Cute one bedroom cottage in Albany
Berkeley, CA
The price is $135 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Situated in Berkeley, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of California, Berkeley, Golden Gate Fields, and Berkeley Marina. Greek Theater ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (56 reviews)
Great Location
"Loved the location. Very comfortable & private."

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2021

Cute one bedroom cottage in Albany
Elegant Spacious Private Studio ~ Upscale Berkeley
Elegant Spacious Private Studio ~ Upscale Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Located in Claremont, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of California, Berkeley, Telegraph Avenue, and Greek Theater. Lawrence Berkeley ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Nice guest house in a great location!
"Nice, quiet and clean!"

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

Elegant Spacious Private Studio ~ Upscale Berkeley
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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