Destination guide

The small, quiet city by the Bay

Nestled in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, Union City has a small town feel in an area of big cities. Formed in 1959 in response to extensive growth in the Bay Area, the city sprang up in the middle of a large number of a regional parks and recreation areas, making it a playground of fresh air and outdoor activities. The city's large Filipino, Latino, and Chinese populations come together to create an intriguing food scene, and with a BART station right downtown, the big city is never more than a short ride away.

Things to do

Chasing butterflies by the bay

Lose yourself in a cloud of butterflies at the Nectar Garden in Coyote Hills Regional Park -- they even host an Annual Butterfly & Bird Festival to celebrate the lovely creatures. The wildlife doesn't stop there. Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is home to hundreds of species of birds, mammals, and reptiles just waiting to be discovered. Young and old alike will enjoy blowing off steam at Aqua Adventure Water Park. Be sure to stop for a solemn moment at the Bay Area Flight 93 Memorial, dedicated to the tragic flight that was San Francisco-bound on September 11.

Activities

Find your favorite green space and just kick back

For a city of less than 100,000 people, there's a surprising amount of parkland and recreation space. Bring your wheels when you head to your Union City vacation rental, because the best way to explore the city is on the 20 miles of flat bike paths that circle the area. Enjoy an idyllic picnic among the oak trees by Dry Creek Garden's picturesque cottage, dating from the early 1900s. Don't leave before you've checked out the narrow trails that wind through fields of flowers. If you'd rather eat indoors, there are plenty of ethnic eateries to choose from.

Weather

Soak up the California sun all year long

Packing for your Union City vacation rental shouldn't be too complicated, since the city generally sees just a 20-degree swing in temperatures throughout the year. The highs are usually in the 50s in the coldest months of December and January, and in the 70s from June to September, the warmest months of the year. Of course there can be extremes, so make sure you check the forecast before you leave. You can most likely leave your umbrella at home, though, because Union City sees annual rainfalls well below the national average.

Natural features

Birds of a feather flock together

Bring your binoculars, because at a Union City vacation rental, the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is practically in your backyard. Home to more than 280 species of migratory birds, the refuge also houses countless reptiles, amphibians, and mammals, including a handful of endangered species. The Pacific Flyway along the San Francisco Bay is the largest estuary on the west coast. Venture further afield and you'll find Northern California's diverse natural landscape, from soaring mountains to the rocky coasts and sandy beaches of the Pacific.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Union City

Fly into Hayward, CA (HWD-Hayward Executive), the closest airport, located 6.3 mi (10.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Palo Alto, CA (PAO-Santa Clara County), which is 8.3 mi (13.3 km) away.

You might consider catching a ride on the metro at Union City Station for ease of access to the rest of the city.

Can I find a vacation rental around Union City?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 453 vacation rentals near Union City. From 245 Houses to 132 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Union City for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Union City?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Union City:

  • Fisherman's Wharf: 816 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 714 vacation rentals
  • Marina District: 421 vacation rentals
  • Mission District: 661 vacation rentals
  • Union Square: 645 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Union City?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Union City. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Union Landing: 1,049 vacation rentals
  • Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge: 1,115 vacation rentals
  • Coyote Hills Regional Park: 1,146 vacation rentals
  • Union City Station: 1,093 vacation rentals
  • Stanford University: 557 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Union City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Union City?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 245 Houses in Union City. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Union City include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 132 rentals available
  • Villas: 7 rentals available
  • Cabins: 13 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Union City?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 92 vacation rentals with pool available in Union City. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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