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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The second block of Main Street is known as Ark Row and has a tree-shaded walk lined with antiques and specialty stores. Some of the...

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 on 7½ acres of national park land at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, this indoor-outdoor nonprofit children’s museum offers...

Bay Model

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This one-of-a-kind education center focuses on a sprawling 1½-acre model of the entire San Francisco Bay and Sacramento–San Joaquin...

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

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Enjoy spectacular views of San Francisco and Angel Island, as well as grassy expanses that are perfect for a picnic. The marina houses...

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

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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.

Computer History Museum

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A hop, skip, and jump from Google (which was also established in 1996), this engaging and informative museum tells the 2,000-year story...


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