Attractions

Top Choice Park in Berkeley

Tilden Regional Park

This 2079-acre park, up in the hills east of town, is Berkeley’s best. It has nearly 40 miles of hiking and multiuse trails of varying difficulty, from paved paths to hilly scrambles, including part of the magnifice…
Top Choice Museum in Oakland

Chabot Space & Science Center

Stargazers will go gaga over this kid-oriented science and technology center in the Oakland Hills with loads of exhibits on subjects such as space travel and eclipses, as well as cool planetarium shows. When the wea…
Historic Site in East Bay

John Muir National Historic Site

Naturalist John Muir's former residence sits in a pastoral patch of farmland in bustling, modern Martinez. Though Muir wrote of sauntering the Sierra Nevada with a sack of tea and bread, it may be a shock for those …
University in Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley

'Cal' is one of the country's top universities, California's oldest university (1866), and home to 40,000 diverse, politically conscious students. Next to California Memorial Stadium, the Koret Visitor Center has in…
Gardens in Berkeley

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

With 34 acres and more than 10,000 types of plants, this garden in the hills above campus has one of the most varied collections in the USA. Flora from every continent except Antarctica are lovingly tended here, wit…
Square in Oakland

Jack London Square

The area where writer and adventurer Jack London once raised hell now bears his name. The pretty waterfront location is worth a stroll, especially when the Sunday farmers market takes over, or get off your feet and …
Historic Site in East Bay

Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Park

The struggle for civil rights and women's equality is the focus of one of the East Bay's most significant historical sites. The visitor center has a small museum inside the historic Ford Building complex near the sh…
State Park in East Bay

Mt Diablo State Park

Collecting a light dusting of snowflakes on the coldest days of winter, Mt Diablo (3849ft) is over 1200ft higher than Mt Tamalpais in Marin County. On a clear day (early on a winter morning is a good bet) the views …
Lake in Oakland

Lake Merritt

An urban respite, Lake Merritt is a popular place to stroll or go running (a 3.5-mile paved path circles the lake), with bonsai and botanical gardens, a children's amusement park, bird sanctuary, boathouse and gondo…
Landmark in Berkeley

Campanile

Officially called Sather Tower, the Campanile was modeled on St Mark’s Basilica in Venice. The 307ft spire offers fine views of the Bay Area, and at the top you can stare up into the carillon of 61 bells, ranging fr…