The Bay Area Travel Guide

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Photo of The Bay Area Photo: Barry Muniz/Courtesy of the Oakland CVB

Plan Your The Bay Area Vacation

It's rare for a metropolis to compete with its suburbs for visitors, but the view from any of San Francisco's hilltops shows that the Bay Area's temptations extend far beyond the city limits. East of town are two energetic urban centers, Berkeley and Oakland. Famously radical Berkeley is also comfortably sophisticated, while Oakland has an art and restaurant scene so hip that it pulls San Franciscans to this side of the bay. To the north is Marin County, the beauty queen, with dramatic coastal scenery of breathtaking beauty and chic, affluent villages like Tiburon and Mill Valley.

Hotels

The Bay Area Hotels

Hotels in Berkeley and Oakland tend to be standard-issue, but many Marin hotels package themselves as cozy retreats.... read more

Restaurants

The Bay Area Restaurants

The Bay Area is home to some of the most popular and innovative restaurants in the country, including Chez Panisse in... read more

Hotels

The Bay Area Experiences

  • The Bay Area

    Bite into the "Gourmet Ghetto": Eat your way through this area of North Berkeley, starting with a slice of perfect pizza from the... Read more

  • Berkeley's Political History

    Those looking for traces of Berkeley's politically charged past need go no further than Sather Gate. Both the Free Speech Movement and the... Read more

  • A Tour of Silicon Valley

    Driving south of San Francisco along the San Mateo coast, it's hard to believe that inland, behind the rolling hills, is Silicon Valley.... Read more

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