Top Choice Landmark in Berkeley


Officially called Sather Tower, the Campanile was modeled on St Mark’s Basilica in Venice. The 328ft spire offers fine views of the Bay Area, and at the top you can stare up into the carillon of 61 bells, ranging fr…
Library in Berkeley

Bancroft Library

The Bancroft houses, among other gems, the papers of Mark Twain, a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio and the records of the Donner Party. Its small public exhibits of historical Californiana include the surprisingly…
Science Center in Berkeley

Lawrence Hall of Science

Near Grizzly Peak Blvd, the science hall is named after Ernest Lawrence, who won the Nobel Prize for his invention of the cyclotron particle accelerator. He was a key member of the WWII Manhattan Project, and he’s a…
Street in Berkeley

Telegraph Avenue

Telegraph Ave has traditionally been the throbbing heart of studentville in Berkeley, the sidewalks crowded with undergrads, postdocs and youthful shoppers squeezing their way past throngs of vendors, buskers and ho…
Park in Berkeley

Tilden Regional Park

This 2079-acre park, in the hills east of town, is Berkeley’s crown jewel. It has more than 30 miles of trails of varying difficulty, from paved paths to hilly scrambles, including part of the magnificent Bay Area R…
Museum in Berkeley

UC Berkeley Art Museum

The museum has 11 galleries showcasing a huge range of works, from ancient Chinese to cutting-edge contemporary. The complex also houses a bookstore, cafe and sculpture garden. The museum and the much-loved Pacific …
Gardens in Berkeley

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

With 34 acres and more than 13,000 species of plants in the Strawberry Canyon hills, the garden is one of the most varied collections in the USA.A fire trail is a woodsy walking loop around Strawberry Canyon that ha…
University in Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley

'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 (re…
Museum in Berkeley

Museum of Paleontology

Housed in the ornate Valley Life Sciences Building (and primarily a research facility that’s closed to the public), you can see a number of fossil exhibits in the atrium, including a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.
Church in Berkeley

First Church of Christ Scientist

Bernard Maybeck’s impressive 1910 church uses concrete and wood in its blend of Arts and Crafts, Asian and Gothic influences. Maybeck was a professor of architecture at UC Berkeley and designed San Francisco’s Palac…