Twin Treasures of the East Bay

  • Start: Oakland, CA
  • End: Berkeley, CA
  • Last Modified: 2011-09-13 20:39:35
  • Total Mileage: 5 Miles
  • Number of stops: 6


There is so much to see and do in San Francisco that it's no wonder visitors might be unaware that the twin treasures of Oakland and Berkeley await them just across the Bay. Drive across the Bay Bridge -- the world's largest and most heavily traveled -- or take the underground BART train from Frisco to spend a weekend doing your part to dispel the East Bay's lingering inferiority complex. Truth be told, the East Bay climate is often warm and sunny while its neighbor to the west is socked in by chilly fog. A rich cultural and intellectual heritage beckons, with gourmet restaurants, fascinating museums, myriad bookstores, and coffee shops liberally dotting the scene. The University of California at Berkeley crawls with Nobel laureates and earned a reputation as a hotbed of student radicalism during the '60s. In Berkeley today, upscale eateries and conservative business types coexist peacefully with coffeehouse hangouts frequented by students and aging hippies. Oakland has grown from its roots as a blue-collar town to a diverse city of 380,000 inhabitants. Its port teems with container ships while its downtown bustles with construction work. Oakland and Berkeley are like conjoined twins, each with a distinct personality, yet their fates intertwined.

Stop #2:

Oakland Museum of California
Oakland, CA

Stop #3:

Lake Merritt
Oakland, CA

Stop #4:

Judah L. Magnes Museum
Berkeley, CA

Stop #5:

University of California - Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Stop #6:

Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA

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