The Berkeley campus is perched on a hillside; its upper reaches are devoted to a vast nature preserve—excellent for a run or a contemplative walk with postcard views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean beyond. Surrounding the campus is the city of Berkeley, the quintessential university town, and a legendary one. With its multitude of coffee houses, shops, churches, theaters, world-famous gourmet restaurants, charming neighborhoods, beautiful gardens, and some of the best bookstores anywhere, Berkeley is cosmopolitan, funky, friendly, relaxed, and always stimulating.
The city of San Francisco needs no introduction, since nearly everyone on the planet has either experienced its charms or seen it in countless films and television shows. Entertainment, culture, nightlife, shopping, sightseeing, architectural gems—San Francisco is the epitome of the world-class, open-minded city blessed with the best of everything. Just a few choices:
In a day trip from Berkeley, you can visit: