Where to Stay in the Bay Area
With its jaw-dropping vistas, world-renowned bridge and charming cable cars, the Bay Area has been a major tourist draw for centuries. Whether you’re venturing solo or planning a group getaway, there are lodgings for every type of traveler here — and we’ve done the research about all of them for you.
Where to Stay in San Francisco
No city in the world is quite like San Francisco. Once a Spanish mission, San Francisco was defined by “The Gold Rush” — which created a population boom from 1,000 to 25,000 by December 1849 — and by the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, which left 200,000 homeless. It’s now home to nearly 875,000 people, and attracts over 25 million visitors annually while cooling fog keeps temperatures mild. We have gathered an assortment of posts to help make your time here as good as it can be.
Where to Stay in the North Bay
Local Getaways is taking a liberal approach to our definition of North Bay. We are starting with the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge and sticking to the coast all the way up to Mendocino. If it’s rugged coastlines, sprawling open spaces and culinary delights like oysters, artisan cheese and bread you’re after — the North Bay is the best.
Where to Stay in the East Bay
Lying across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco, the East Bay consists primarily of Contra Costa County and Alameda County. Oakland, the area’s largest city, is famous for its somewhat smaller Chinatown and its beautiful waterfront Jack London Square, as well as its large port and eucalyptus-spotted hills. Berkeley, just north of Oakland, is home to the University of California and tens of thousands of students, as well as left-leaning politics and great food.
Where to Stay in the South Bay
The area south of San Francisco, encompassing Silicon Valley and its surrounding communities, is the center of technological innovation. Home to Apple, Google, Facebook, and countless startups, the region is also full of top restaurants, great shopping, open spaces for exploring and various cultural hubs.