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BerkeleyUnited States of America

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

Berkeley showing a river or creek, a sunset and general coastal views

Downtown Berkeley

4/5Very Good!(147 area reviews)

Take time in Downtown Berkeley to visit attractions like Berkeley Repertory Theater and UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall. You might also appreciate the abundant dining options, and you can hop on the metro at Downtown Berkeley Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Berkeley
Gourmet Ghetto

North Berkeley

4/5Very Good!(14 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in North Berkeley, Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden and Historic Berkeley are top sights worth seeing.

North Berkeley
A mini succulent garden made from plants & a pot from Cactus Jungle Nursery in Berkeley.

Northwest Berkeley

3.5/5Good!(136 area reviews)

Even though there aren't top sights in Northwest Berkeley, you can explore the larger area and take in top sights like Berkeley Marina. Jump on the metro at North Berkeley Station to see more of the city.

Northwest Berkeley
Telegraph Avenue which includes outdoor art and a city

South Berkeley

While you're in South Berkeley, take in top sights like Telegraph Avenue and jump on the metro at Ashby Station to see more of the city.

South Berkeley
Berkeley Marina showing a bay or harbor

West Berkeley

3.5/5Good!(87 area reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in West Berkeley, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Berkeley Marina and Golden Gate Fields.

West Berkeley
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Thousand Oaks

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Though Thousand Oaks might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Greek Theater and Indian Rock Park.

Thousand Oaks

Top Hotels in Berkeley

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
3.5 out of 5
200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $144 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

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 ...

3.8/5Good! (1,271 reviews)

"Basically good. Vending machine n building 2 inoperable"…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
Rose Garden Inn
Rose Garden Inn
3 out of 5
2740 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA
The price is $105 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Elmwood, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Telegraph Avenue and University of California, Berkeley. Greek Theater and Kaiser Permanente Oakland ...

3.6/5Good! (985 reviews)

"cute and unique place to stay. Ask for a room with a balcony"…"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2020

Rose Garden Inn
Golden Bear Inn
Golden Bear Inn
2.5 out of 5
1620 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA
The price is $89 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Located in Northwest Berkeley, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley Marina, and Greek Theater. Golden Gate Fields ...

3.6/5Good! (61 reviews)

"Golden Bear was able to meet our needs for the night. I'll be back."…"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

Golden Bear Inn

Vacation Rentals in Berkeley

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Beautiful Hideaway w/ Private Garden
Beautiful Hideaway w/ Private Garden
Berkeley, CA

Located in Thousand Oaks, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Gourmet Ghetto, University of California, Berkeley, and Greek Theater. Tilden Regional ...

3/5 (4 reviews)
Musty Basement, Not Secure, Left after 1 night of planned 10

"I'm someone who usually enjoys funky style, but this place is dismal - a musty dank basement that is not secure. And that is not clear from the description/photos. (It looks like the photos but the photos don't reveal the deficiencies.) We had reserved 10 nights but left after 1 because the mustiness ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2019

Beautiful Hideaway w/ Private Garden
Cheery, Tranquil, Garden Cottage in Berkeley
Cheery, Tranquil, Garden Cottage in Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Located in Central Berkeley, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Telegraph Avenue and University of California, Berkeley. Greek Theater and Berkeley ...

5/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Wonderful stay

"This was a perfect place for our stay in Berkeley where we were visiting family. Very easy to communicate with owner Who made us feel very welcome - lovely setting."…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2020

Cheery, Tranquil, Garden Cottage in Berkeley
Berkeley Hills Quiet Room
Berkeley Hills Quiet Room
Berkeley, CA

Located in Berkeley Hills, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tilden Park and University of California, Berkeley. Greek Theater is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Definitely would stay again!

"Owner was accessible before arrival & friendly at check-in — but did not hover. Stayed available to ensure we settled in well but we didn’t feel crowded or overwhelmed. 4 stars for accuracy simply because it would have been nice to know the dedicated bathroom was upstairs and the property has lots ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 17, 2020

Berkeley Hills Quiet Room

Popular places to visit in Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley
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University of California, Berkeley

4.5/5(1,403 reviews)

Explore the campus of University of California, Berkeley, a top college in Berkeley. Attend a sporting event or discover the beautiful sunsets in this vibrant area.

Berkeley Marina
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Berkeley Marina

4.5/5(80 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Berkeley with a trip to Berkeley Marina. Discover the entertainment choices and shops in this vibrant area.

Greek Theater
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Greek Theater

4/5(74 reviews)

Enjoy a performance or just snap a photo at Greek Theater, a popular theater in Berkeley. Experience the acclaimed art scene and entertainment choices in this vibrant area.

Telegraph Avenue
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Telegraph Avenue

During your visit to Oakland, you can do some window-shopping at Telegraph Avenue. Wander the picturesque gardens in this family-friendly area.

University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
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University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley, a lovely green space in Berkeley. Attend a sporting event or visit the shops in this vibrant area.

Tilden Regional Park
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Tilden Regional Park

4/5(29 reviews)

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Tilden Regional Park, a lovely green space in Berkeley. Experience the acclaimed theater scene or attend a sporting event in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Berkeley

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of California
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of California

$10
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of California
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of California

$20
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of California
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of California

$10
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of California
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of California

$10
Per adult
San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour

$55
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Skip the Line: Legion of Honor Museum General Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: Legion of Honor Museum General Admission Ticket

$15
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Berkeley

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5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 32.689210950080515%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 45.088566827697264%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 17.391304347826086%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.0595813204508855%
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1 - Terrible 1.7713365539452497%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 5, 2020

Food options are awesome

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

No elevator!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

University is great for walking, close to downtown, close to San Francisco and Oakland attractions

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 16, 2020

Berkeley is a sweet town, full of brown-shingled homes, flowers, techies and graduate students.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 23, 2020

Berkeley is great. Everything within walking distance. Vary safe, and the university is only blocks away.

5/5 - Excellent

JWS

Mar 12, 2020

BART from SFO to Hotel Shattuck could not have been more convenient. It takes time, but it's easy.

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