The Bay Area Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Bay Area - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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4th Street

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Several blocks centering on 4th Street north of University Avenue have evolved from light industrial uses into an upscale shopping and...

Ark Row

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Past the pink-brick bank building, Main Street is known as Ark Row and has a tree-shaded walk lined with antiques and specialty stores.

Año Nuevo State Reserve

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

At the height of mating season, upward of 4,000 elephant seals congregate at Año Nuevo, one of the world's few approachable mainland...

Bay Area Discovery Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Sitting at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, this indoor-outdoor museum offers entertaining and enlightening hands-on exhibits for...

Bay Model

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

An anonymous-looking World War II shipyard building holds a great treasure: a sprawling (more than 1½ acres), walkable model of the...

Bear Valley Visitor Center

  • Information Center

A life-size orca model hovers over the center's engaging exhibits about the wildlife and history of the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Berkeley Marina

  • Marina/Pier/Dock

The marina has spectacular views of San Francisco and Angel Island from a ¾-mile-long wooden pier, and there are grassy expanses good...

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

California's oldest state park is the best place to see old-growth redwoods without going north of San Francisco, and it's far less crowded...


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A densely packed, bustling neighborhood, Oakland's Chinatown, unlike its San Francisco counterpart, makes no concessions to tourists.

Drinking Fountain

  • Fountain

On the waterfront between the Hotel Sausalito and the Sausalito Yacht Club is an unusual historic landmark—a drinking fountain. It's...


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