Berkeley, CA, USA

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Berkeley, CA, USA

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Enjoy a vibrant and offbeat vibe in Berkeley

A quintessential college town on San Francisco Bay, Berkeley has long been celebrated as the birthplace of free speech. The modern Berkeley is perhaps better associated with artistic flair and culinary bounty, although there’s still a whiff of hippie idealism in the air. Stay close to the action with a Berkeley vacation rental near the park-like campus of the University of California, Berkeley or enjoy the seclusion of a home in the forested foothill range, many of which combine classic craftsman design with modern comforts and sumptuous views of the bay.

Live the good life in Berkeley

The foodie scene in Berkeley rivals any found in the Bay Area, although you’ll likely find the prices a little lower and a greater focus on ethnic cuisine, particularly in the tantalizing Telegraph Avenue area. As you might expect, student hangouts and hip coffee shops offering relaxed dining are prevalent here, but if you want an authentic Bay Area dining experience, farm-to-table restaurants are also on the menu. If retail therapy is on your agenda, you can combine shopping with sightseeing as you search for flash new wardrobe additions at the local favorite, College Avenue, and the more upscale Fourth Street.

A culture fix in California

Getting your culture on is almost obligatory in this neck of the woods. Noteworthy stops for your bucket list include the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, where bold avant-garde art is put on show in suitably sleek and contemporary surroundings. A family-friendly option is to visit Lawrence Hall of Science, where hands-on exhibits will keep kids entertained while also expanding their minds. Before returning to your Berkeley vacation rental, round off your culture fix with a trip to the 8,500-seat William Randolph Hearst Greek Theater, an outdoor amphitheater where previous headliners have included everyone from Elvis to the Dalai Lama.

Summer days in Berkeley

If you’re set on exploring UC Berkeley itself, then you should swing by this city in April when the university holds its annual Cal Day, with street performances, public lectures, and archeological exhibits a-plenty. If enjoying sunny days is more important, anytime between May to mid-October should fit the bill. That said, unpredictable summer weather leads many people to travel in July and August, when prices for Berkeley vacation rentals can be higher but the chance of rain is minimal. Winter can let you take advantage of lower rates, but it can get pretty wet around here.

Discover Berkeley’s ancient volcano

While Golden Gate Park may be synonymous with the Bay Area, Berkeley is by no means a runner-up when it comes to lush green spaces. Tilden Regional Park, stretching along the city’s northeast border, offers the chance to hike, swim, or simply relax and admire the sunset over San Francisco Bay. You can also get back to nature at the nearby Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, where places to wander include the 31-mile East Bay Skyline Recreation Trail. If that sounds too strenuous, a much shorter volcanic trail that leads gently to the top of Round Top, one of the area’s highest peaks, is a less challenging alternative.