Top Choice Museum in Oakland

Oakland Museum of California

Near the southern end of the lake and one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, this museum has rotating exhibitions on artistic and scientific themes, and excellent permanent galleries dedicated to the state’s …
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…
Science Center in Oakland

Chabot Space & Science Center

Stargazers will go gaga over this 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 weather’s good, …
Amusement Park in Oakland

Children's Fairyland

Lakeside Park, at the northern end of the saltwater lake, includes this 10-acre attraction, which dates from 1950 and has charming fairy-tale-themed train, carousel and mini Ferris-wheel rides.
Market in Oakland

Farmers Market

The waterfront where writer and adventurer Jack London once raised hell now bears his name. It's hardly a roughshod district anymore, but a tourist-oriented shopping mall dotted with chain restaurants, chain stores …
Cemetery in Oakland

Mountain View Cemetery

At the end of Piedmont Ave, this is perhaps the most serene and lovely artificial landscape in all the East Bay. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the architect of New York City’s Central Park, it’s great for walk…
Historic Site in Oakland

USS Potomac

Franklin D Roosevelt’s ‘floating White House,’ the 165ft USS Potomac, is moored at Clay and Water Sts by the ferry dock, and is open for dockside tours. Two-hour history cruises (adult/child $55/35) are also held se…
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…