Drop your bags at one of the many Hayward hotels—top-notch options abound—and begin your journey through the revitalized downtown. You'll notice the Hayward Mural Arts Program is in full swing as you walk along bustling streets; scenes of civic pride, entertainment, and Hayward history greet you as you go. If Hayward history is on your mind, your next stop should be the Hayward Area History Society. HAHS runs the museum, and it also organizes tours for places like the 1888 McConaghy House, the 1869 Meek Mansion (as well as the 10-acres attached to the estate), and the San Lorenzo Pioneer Cemetery. Cheap hotels in Hayward, CA are also just a quick drive from tranquil retreats. Stop by the Japanese Gardens, and stroll along the grounds before visiting the Koi pond or taking in a botany lecture. Outdoor enthusiasts will not want to miss the hiking trails or salt-marsh bird watching at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center; add new species to your life list before heading back downtown to enjoy the tastes of the city.
Tastes of Hayward are varied, yet they also have a heavy Asian influence. Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and other Asian flavors often vie with the cafes serving American classics. No matter which culinary delight tempts you, you'll have the option to toast your holiday getaway with a range of Northern California wines.
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