California, City breaks, Destinations, Experiences

Few hours in Berkeley

My road trip ended in Berkeley, the flower power centre of the 60s and home of the prestigious University of California Berkeley. Berkeley is just an hour and a half drive from Sacramento, and it is reachable in 15 minutes drive, or in few minutes by public transport, from San Francisco. Having just a few hours to spend there, I decided to go exploring the university campus, located in the Berkeley Hills, from which San Francisco is visible.

Sather Tower
Sather Tower

The campus is big, and it’s plenty of green space where students and tourists can enjoy the beautiful sun of the bay. Wandering through this campus, which was the place of so much history and activism is a wonderful experience. A must see in the campus is the Campanile, which actual name is Sather Tower, but it’s commonly known as “The Campanile” because it looks like the Campanile di San Marco in Venice. This huge clock tower is the third-tallest bell-and-clock-tower in the world, and it is one of the university’s symbols.

University of Berkeley
University of Berkeley

Most of the buildings through the campus are beautiful and you can admire them while randomly walking around the campus. After you completed the tour I strongly suggest you take a coffee in one of the hipster cafè in College Avenue. I also loved the ice cream at Ici Ice Cream. If you want to know more information about this city, Berkeley tourism website is one of most well-done tourism websites I’ve ever seen because the activities and experiences to do in the area are shown according to the travel style you select as input.

Well, this was the last stop on my road trip. After few days between San Francisco, YosemiteLake Tahoe, and Sacramento I returned my Turo rented car here in Berkeley. I went to the airport by train and I sadly said goodbye to California. But I swear I will go back soon!

If you want to know more about my 7-day road trip in Northern California, click here.

All my posts about California are here.


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