University of California, Berkeley

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Berkeley , USA
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'Cal' is one of the country's top universities, California's oldest university (1866), and home to 35,000 diverse, politically conscious students. The Visitor Services Center has info and leads free campus tours (reservations required). Cal's landmark is the 1914 Campanile , with elevator rides ($3) to the top. The Bancroft Library displays the small gold nugget that started the California gold rush in 1848.

Leading to the campus's south gate, Telegraph Avenue is as youthful and gritty as San Francisco's Haight St, packed with cafes, cheap eats, record stores and bookstores. Or you can enter from Center St and Oxford Lane, near the downtown BART station.