Berkeley's colorful history brings together all different types of people. Always on the forefront of change from leading the Free Speech Movement in the 1960s to the creation of the sustainable, farm-to-table food movement by Alice Waters at Chez Panisse, Berkeley will make you will feel like you can make a difference in the world. The University of California, Berkeley, the top public university in the nation, gives this East Bay city a young vibrancy buzzing with intellectual curiosity, restaurants, bars and nightlife.
Stroll down Telegraph Avenue and you may feel like you have taken a trip back to the 60s as jewelry vendors, head shops and tie dyed t-shirts capture you as you walk through these couple of blocks by the university gates. People's Park may feel a little grittier than in the past, but it is still a meeting place for students. Walk through Sather Gate onto the UC Berkeley campus and explore the beautiful architecture of the oldest UC in the state. While on campus take the elevator to the top of the Campanile for 360 views of this city by the Bay. Look west to see the Berkeley Marina and east to see the natural landscape of Tilden Park and the Berkeley Hills. Venture to the other side of campus to find popular restaurants and shops along Shattuck and University Avenues. Outside of university life Berkeley has established itself as a food city. The Gourmet Ghetto is often referred to as the birthplace of California cuisine and is home to Alice Water's Chez Panisse, the Cheese Board and the first Peet's Coffee. Access to Berkeley is easy. Take the Ashby or Downtown Berkeley BART stops for access to different parts of this diverse and ever changing city.