Cal Secret Spots

In its bustling urban setting, UC Berkeley’s campus may seem like an open book, but it’s actually home…

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In its bustling urban setting, UC Berkeley’s campus may seem like an open book, but it’s actually home to spots that are off the beaten path, even for students. Now there’s a “Cal Secret Spots” guide, created in collaboration with the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and honoring Cal’s 150th anniversary.

Find up to 22 secret or less-known gems at Cal, including several that are outdoors. A few to check off: Take a wander by Strawberry Creek, crossing hidden bridges. Then head over to the iconic Campanile for a different point of view. From the base of the tower take the elevator to a phenomenal panorama of the campus and beyond (lucky folks may even catch the carillon concert at the top).

Stroll across campus to check the time on the floral clock outside the Chancellor’s residence. You’ll discover more than just the time while viewing the stunning architecture and the lavish gardens of this French-designed home. Swing around to the northwestern side of campus and grab a table outside at Brown’s Café, serving tasty farm-to-table fare. The café is a little out of the way, meaning it’s possible to have a nice afternoon snack without a crowd. Remember, there are 22 spots to discover, including the Bancroft Steps, 4.0 Hill, and Founders Rock. How many can you check off?

BONUS BEARS: Can you find UC Berkeley’s Cal Bears? There are as many as 27 gilded representations around campus, so keep your eyes peeled, and keep count! The oldest bear among them is very tiny, and very difficult to find (vague hint: South Hall). Go Cal Bears!

Pick up a printed map (while supplies last) downtown at Berkeley’s Visitor Information Center, 2030 Addison Street, or find online info in the Cal Secret Spots guide.



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