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, 94710
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The price is $132 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19
$132
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Berkeley. Enjoy free WiFi, a marina, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,466 reviews)
"Restful night"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
4 out of 5
2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA, 94704
The price is $144 per night from Dec 25 to Dec 26
$144
per night
Dec 25 - Dec 26
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Berkeley. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,001 reviews)
"The hotel is an old classic. Very comfortable. Breakfast was very good. Nice looking bar. Overnight parking across the street is expensive on the weekend. Our rental car had some things stolen and a broken window. We should not have left anything in there but it seemed safe."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Claremont Club & Spa - A Fairmont Hotel
Claremont Club & Spa - A Fairmont Hotel
5 out of 5
41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA, 94705
The price is $296 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$296
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Berkeley. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
"We enjoyed the use of the health club and the pool area."

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2022

Claremont Club & Spa - A Fairmont Hotel
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Berkeley Apartment 2 Mins Walking to UC Berkeley Extension II
Berkeley Apartment 2 Mins Walking to UC Berkeley Extension II
3.5 out of 5
Delaware Street 1921, Berkeley, CA, 94709
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Berkeley. Enjoy free WiFi, a balcony, and a TV. Popular attractions Historic Berkeley and Greek Theater are located nearby. ...
Berkeley Apartment 2 Mins Walking to UC Berkeley Extension II
Berkeley Apartment 2 Mins Walking to UC Berkeley Extension
Berkeley Apartment 2 Mins Walking to UC Berkeley Extension
3 out of 5
Delaware Street 1921, Berkeley, CA, 94709
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Berkeley. Enjoy free WiFi, a balcony, and a TV. Popular attractions Jack London Square and Gourmet Ghetto are located nearby. ...
Berkeley Apartment 2 Mins Walking to UC Berkeley Extension
Berkeley Apartments Near UC Berkeley
Berkeley Apartments Near UC Berkeley
University Avenue 2070, Berkeley, CA, 94704
Stay at this apartment in Berkeley. Enjoy free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Historic Berkeley and Greek Theater are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
Berkeley Apartments Near UC Berkeley
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