COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Berkeley
Travel Guide

Berkeley showing a bridge, a sunset and a skyscraper

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.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
3.5 out of 5
200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, CA
The price is €121 per night from 2 May to 3 May

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (1,189 reviews)

"Being by the water"…"

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
Claremont Club & Spa - A Fairmont Hotel
Claremont Club & Spa - A Fairmont Hotel
5 out of 5
41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley, CA
The price is €253 per night from 15 Apr to 16 Apr

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (986 reviews)

"Property was lovely. Staff was friendly and helpful. Room had a great view. Unfortunately, due to covid most of the dining options including room service were not available. But we still had a nice time and look forward to returning as soon as we can."…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr 2021

Claremont Club & Spa - A Fairmont Hotel
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Hotel Shattuck Plaza
4 out of 5
2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA
The price is €137 per night from 27 Apr to 28 Apr

Located in Downtown Berkeley, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Gourmet Ghetto, University of California, Berkeley and Greek Theater. Berkeley Marina is ...

4.3/5Excellent! (987 reviews)

"The staff checking us in was extremely friendly. He offered us a choice of wine as a gift and he delivered that to our room. As an Expedia vip member I got a free room upgrade as well. The room was very clean and quiet. My only complaint is the parking information on the Expedia website was misleading. ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2021

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.
Traditional Japanese Tea House- garden cottage
Traditional Japanese Tea House- garden cottage
1634 Grant St, Berkeley, CA
The price is €242 per night from 22 Apr to 23 Apr

Located in North Berkeley, this cottage is within 3 miles (5 km) of University of California, Berkeley, Greek Theater and Berkeley Marina. Telegraph Avenue and ...

3.9/5Very Good! (18 reviews)

"The property is in a lovely, quiet setting not too far from the main avenue in Berkeley. However, communication was poor around how to access property to check in. We arrived on foot and had to sit out on the curb for a while until the owner happened to come home. The sheets were dirty, there was ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Apr 2019

Traditional Japanese Tea House- garden cottage
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, Greek Theater and Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center. ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
We thought it was too good to be true...

"My girlfriend and I have stayed here twice now, and I definitely recommend it. At first we were skeptical that an apartment priced so affordably would be good. This place is great. It is attached to the main house, but has its own entrance and restroom separate from the main house. The owners are ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2021

Elegant Spacious Private Studio ~ Upscale Berkeley
Breathtaking Bay Area Views in Berkeley Hills Next to Tilden Park
Breathtaking Bay Area Views in Berkeley Hills Next to Tilden Park
30 Hill Road, Unit A, Berkeley, CA

Located in Berkeley Hills, this romantic apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tilden Park and University of California, Berkeley. Greek Theater is 1.5 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (37 reviews)
Great views comfortable stay

"Great stat good views home owner is awesome thanks Ray"…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2021

Breathtaking Bay Area Views in Berkeley Hills Next to Tilden Park
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.

Top things to do in Berkeley

Reviews of Berkeley

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2
5 - Excellent 40%
4 - Good
2
4 - Good 40%
3 - Okay
1
3 - Okay 20%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Feb 2020

The town was clean, green, student based. Great facilities and not too big.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 May 2019

Interesting one-off shops, friendly locals, easy to get around ... well worth a side trip.