Berkeley

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Berkeley showing a sunset, a bridge and a river or creek

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.

Golden Bear Hotel, SureStay Collection By Best Western
Golden Bear Hotel, SureStay Collection By Best Western
2.5 out of 5
1620 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA
The price is AU$182 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.
Located in Northwest Berkeley, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley Marina and Golden Gate Fields. Greek Theater ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (66 reviews)
"Something unique about the property is it has multiple light fixtures. Something I did not like was the TVs did not have the screen mirroring feature. Might need to upgrade tvs."

Reviewed on 3 Jan. 2022

Golden Bear Hotel, SureStay Collection By Best Western
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 AU$224 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
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! (1,353 reviews)
"Although the temperature was cold around this time of the year, the marina view was beautiful! I would recommend this hotel to anyone."

Reviewed on 6 Jan. 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
4 out of 5
2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
The price is AU$265 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.
Located in Downtown Berkeley, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Telegraph Avenue, University of California, Berkeley and Greek Theater. Lawrence Berkeley ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (977 reviews)
"All good"

Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2022

Hotel Shattuck Plaza
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
239 The Uplands, Berkeley, CA
The price is AU$234 per night from 20 Jan. to 21 Jan.
Located in Claremont, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of University of California, Berkeley, Telegraph Avenue and Greek Theater. Lawrence Berkeley ...
5/5 Exceptional! (14 reviews)
nice hideaway
"Beautiful place, great neighborhood!"

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2021

Serene Cozy Private Suite Patio ~ Upscale Berkeley
Cute one bedroom cottage in Albany
Cute one bedroom cottage in Albany
814 Carmel Ave, Berkeley, CA
The price is AU$312 per night from 18 Jan. to 19 Jan.
Situated in Berkeley, this apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of University of California, Berkeley, Golden Gate Fields and Berkeley Marina. Greek Theater ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (57 reviews)
Great Location
"Loved the location. Very comfortable & private."

Reviewed on 25 Nov. 2021

Cute one bedroom cottage in Albany
Elegant Spacious Private Studio ~ Upscale Berkeley
Elegant Spacious Private Studio ~ Upscale Berkeley
239 The Uplands, Berkeley, CA
Located in Claremont, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of University of California, Berkeley, Telegraph Avenue and Greek Theater. Lawrence Berkeley ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Christmas stay
"We enjoyed staying in this Uplands property. The neighborhood is first class, so we felt totally safe. We are grandparents in town for Christmas, and although we only slept in the VRBO, we felt we had good value. Plenty of linens were supplied, and the space heaters kept us warm in the unusually ..."

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2022

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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