Welcome to Berkeley, California.
A city of western California on San Francisco Bay north of Oakland. Founded as Oceanview on land purchased from a Spanish family in 1853, it was renamed Berkeley in 1866. A branch of the University of California is here (established 1872). Population: 102,000. Berkeley sits on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, just north of Oakland.
There is diverse manufacturing, including lab and medical instruments, fabricated metal products, construction materials, machinery, and chemicals. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a scientific research center, is nearby.
Berkeley, California and the University of California, Berkeley as seen from Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve. Photograph taken 1st November 2003 by Stephen Lea.
Probably most well known for The University of California Berkeley, this is also a town filled with other exciting attractions! Berkeley has everything - people from all backgrounds and cultures, art galleries and museums, colorful farmer's markets and outdoor cafes, businesses and shops of every kind, and more!
It has been said "if you can dream it, you'll find it in Berkeley! And, all of this is set against the backdrop of the spectacular San Francisco Bay and rolling coastal foothills. Within the city, you can stroll through one of its beautiful parks, listen to live music, walk through a redwood forest, play golf, go rock climbing or ice skating, and enjoy world class shopping and dining! Berkeley is also a base town for some great fishing from the famous Berkeley Marina.
While there is an abundance of things to see and do in Berkeley, with its easy access to San Francisco and Oakland, the range of options for visitors is endless!
Notable places include: The Campanile belltower (Sather Tower) in the University of California, Berkeley campus. The large red Tuning Fork Sculpture in downtown Berkeley on Shattuck Avenue. The bicycle-pedestrian bridge across I-80 at University Avenue, the first of a new generation of people-friendly transportation improvements that focus on access instead of cars. Telegraph Avenue, along with People's Park, known as a center for "hippie" activity during the 1960's-70's, marijuana, and now the several "old timers" left over from the age. The Claremont Resort & Spa. The critically acclaimed restaurant, Chez Panisse. Berkeley Rose Garden
Main streets include: Shattuck Avenue, home to the downtown business district, and the Gourmet Ghetto to the north. Telegraph Avenue. Solano Avenue, in the Thousand Oaks neighborhood, Martin Luther King Junior Way, 4th Street, with a small area of more expensive commercial services, including Bette's Ocean View Diner, and several salons and women's clothing stores. University Avenue, including the Indian business districts. College Avenue, the main commerce area being in the Elmwood Neighborhood. It continues into the Rockridge Area of Oakland, California. San Pablo Avenue, in West Berkeley
This is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, with a friendly and diverse population. So, come see for yourself what a beautiful and exciting place Berkeley is for your next vacation destination!
Local daily news in Berkeley:
Chez Panisse to reopen with $2,500 dinner
One of the Bay Area's most famous restaurants is set to reopen June 21, nearly four months after a fire destroyed parts of the building.
Feds May Clear-Cut 82,000 Trees Near UC Berkeley
The federal government may chop down some 82,000 trees near Berkeley's Strawberry Canyon and in Claremont Canyon in the hills near North Oakland, according to reports.
Berkeley names new schools chief after difficult search
The school board Wednesday night named Donald Evans as the new superintendent to oversee the district after a tumultuous search that took over a year.
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Places of interest:
Albany, CA (2.0 miles), Kensington, CA (2.4 miles), Emeryville, CA (2.6 miles), El Cerrito, CA (3.8 miles), Piedmont, CA (4.5 miles), East Richmond Heights, CA (5.7 miles), Oakland, CA (6.2 miles), Richmond, CA (6.5 miles).