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Ieva from Jurmala asked

Must Sees in San Fran & Berkeley Sept. 19th-24th?

In San Fran for Disrupt event. First time ever. Staying in Berkeley. What are the must-sees in the area at that time?

San Francisco (California)   Berkeley (California)

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Ashleen from San Francisco

Twin Peaks (you see the entire city), The View lounge is great for drinks and relaxing on the 39th floor in the heart of downtown, Biking Golden Gate Bridge is awesome, Palace of Fine Arts, Ocean Beach and Sea Cliff are amazing for sunset dinners!

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Paul from Nevada City

There's tons of info on Trippy (and elsewhere) about S.F., and not so much on Berkeley, so I'll focus on that:

If you can squeeze it in on Sept. 19 or 20th, I'd recommend checking out the Berkeley Flea Market. It's sooo Berkeley. Very eclectic and multi-ethnic. A lot of vendors and some food trucks. You can find unique clothing, jewelry, home decor items, antiques, musical instruments, and just plain weird stuff. It's a place to find a small souvenir or gift that packs easily. Getting there very early is highly recommended.

Tilden Regional Park in the hills above U.C. Berkeley has tons of trails, and nice bay vistas. If S.F. is foggy and cold, this would be a good place to get some exercise.

Strolling around UC Berkeley is definitely worth a must-do for the Berkeley first-timer. You can just wander around, schedule a guided tour, or do a self-guided tour. You could even attend a class! The campus has many nice gardens and beautiful historic buildings. The U.C. Berkeley Visitor Services online has all the info.

As a mostly affluent, multicultural college city, Berkeley has tons of unique shops and restaurants. Yelp the dining situation. Three areas to stroll and shop are North Shattuck Avenue (Gourmet Ghetto), downtown/South Shattuck and the more trendy Fourth St area. More general info is on the Visit Berkeley web site. I would NOT recommend going to the Telegraph Avenue area, which is inhabited by many sketchy homeless people — or at least a higher concentration than some other areas of Berkeley.

I'm not sure what your transportation situation is, but anything beyond walking distance can be reached by public bus, Uber or Lyft. I really like Uber, especially in San Francisco. It's really convenient and a good value, compared to taxis.

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Thanks a million, Paul!!! Great tips really! Will surely take into account to make the most of my time in Berkeley! :)

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