Fodor's Expert Review Tilden Regional Park
Stunning bay views, a scaled-down steam train, and a botanic garden with the nation's most complete collection of California plant life are the hallmarks of this 2,077-acre park in the hills just east of the U.C. Berkeley campus. The garden's visitor center offers tours as well as information about Tilden's other attractions, including its picnic spots, Lake Anza swimming site, golf course, and hiking trails (the paved Nimitz Way, at Inspiration Point, is a popular hike with wonderful sunset views). Children love Tilden's interactive Little Farm and vintage carousel.