The top public university in the world, Cal is also Berkeley’s unofficial “Central Park."

UC Berkeley

Berkeley begins with the University of California campus, the sylvan and stone complex at the soulful heart of the city. Today, the UC Berkeley campus, or “Cal” to locals and students, serves as more than an academic enclave. It is Berkeley’s “Central Park,” a destination within the destination. (In fact, the co-architect of New York’s Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted, was also instrumental in designing the University of California campus.)

Berkeley's "Bear" territory, the 178-acre University of California, Berkeley campus is open to the public with beautifully landscaped grounds, historic architecture, redwood forests and and wonderful walking paths that cross campus to connect Downtown Berkeley, Gourmet Ghetto, and the Telegraph Avenue business districts.

Check out Visit Berkeley's “Cal Secret Spots” guide, created in collaboration with content company Bravo Your City!, available in both high-quality printed map and digital online formats. Berkeley travelers can pick one up at the Visitor Information Center, 2030 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley, or free digital versions at iBooks and Kindle.

There are many ways to tour the campus -- starting with the fabulous new Koret Visitor Center located in historic California Memorial Stadium. There are also daily guided tours (reservations required) and self-guided sightseeing tour options. The best place to start any UC Berkeley exploration is the short but sweet elevator ride to the observation deck of the Campanile.

Berkeley's Bear Territory