The Bay Area Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Bay Area - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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4th Street

  • Neighborhood/Street

Several blocks centering on 4th Street north of University Avenue have evolved from light industrial uses into an upscale shopping and...

Berkeley Marina

  • Marina/Pier/Dock

The marina has spectacular views of San Francisco and Angel Island from a ¾-mile-long wooden pier, and there are grassy expanses good...


  • Neighborhood/Street

Shops and cafés pack this pleasant neighborhood centered on College Avenue, just south of the U.C. campus. You'll know you're here when...

Gourmet Ghetto

  • Neighborhood/Street

The success of Chez Panisse restaurant attracted other food-related enterprises to its stretch of Shattuck Avenue, and the area surrounding...

Indian Rock Park

  • Geological Site

An outcropping of nature in a sea of North Berkeley homes, this is an unbeatable spot for a sunset picnic. You know you've reached the...

Lawrence Hall of Science

  • Educational Institution

At this hands-on science museum, kids can look at insects under microscopes, solve crimes using chemical forensics, and explore the physics...

San Pablo Avenue

  • Neighborhood/Street

Berkeley's diversity is front and center along this evolving north–south artery in West Berkeley, where the old and new stand side...

Telegraph Avenue

  • Neighborhood/Street

Cafés, bookstores, poster shops, and street vendors line Berkeley's student-oriented thoroughfare, a bustling, if shabby, place to whiff...

Tilden Regional Park

  • Park/Playground

The Regional Parks Botanic Garden is the star of this 2,000-acre park in the hills east of the U.C. Berkeley campus. Botanically speaking...

University of California

  • Educational Institution

Known simply as "Cal," the founding campus of California's university system is one of the leading intellectual centers in the United...