University of California Tour in Berkeley, Part 2, Berkeley (Self Guided)

As the University of California is considered an architectural beauty, the north side of the campus features some of the university's most historically significant buildings. Founders' Rock, the University House and Wellman Hall, along with the campus’ green spaces, such as Memorial Glade and Eucalyptus Grove, are wonderful city landmarks worth seeing.
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University of California Tour in Berkeley, Part 2 Map

Guide Name: University of California Tour in Berkeley, Part 2
Guide Location: USA » Berkeley (See other walking tours in Berkeley)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Author: AudreyB
Memorial Glade

1) Memorial Glade (must see)

Memorial Glade is a green space located at the core of the university campus. It is home to a variety of trees, including a grove of trident maples. Memorial Glade is a popular place for students to relax between classes and offers a great view of many other campus landmarks.
Doe Memorial Library

2) Doe Memorial Library

The Doe Memorial Library is the main library of the UC Berkeley Library System on the UC Berkeley campus. The library is named after its benefactor, Charles Franklin Doe, who was persuaded by the then President of the University of California, Benjamin Ide Wheeler, in 1904 to bequeath funds for its construction.

In 1900, Emile Benard won an architectural competition for the design of the library, and the Classical Revival style library was completed in 1911. The Doe Library houses both the Undergraduate and Gardner (Main) Stacks collections.

The main reading room is open to the public.

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California Hall

3) California Hall

Also designed by John Galen Howard, California Hall is located in the center of the university campus. Completed in 1906, throughout the years it has undergone many renovations. This building is part of Howard's Beaux Arts architectural plan for the campus. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, California Hall houses the university’s major administrative and personnel offices.
Haas Pavilion

4) Haas Pavilion

The Walter A. Haas, Jr. Pavilion is the home of the University of California's men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, and men's and women's gymnastics teams. The arena is located in the middle of the main University of California sports complex, overlooking Evans Diamond (baseball) and Edwards Stadium (track/soccer).

The arena was originally built in 1933 as the Men's Gym. It was renamed Harmon Gym in 1959, after Oakland financier A.K.P. Harmon, who donated the funds to build Cal's first indoor athletic facility in 1879. Lou Campanelli tried to have it renamed "Harmon Arena" when he became coach, but it never really caught on. The playing surface, after being known as simply "Room 100" since the arena opened, was renamed Pete Newell Court in 1987 in honor of Pete Newell, who led Cal to the national championship in 1959.

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Eucalyptus Grove

5) Eucalyptus Grove (must see)

Eucalyptus Grove contains the tallest of these hardwood trees in North America. Planted in 1882, in California they actually grow healthier than in Australia, their native location. The grove has been a significant part of the university’s landscape heritage, adding a refreshing fragrance to the air.
Wellman Hall

6) Wellman Hall

Wellman Hall, located between Giannini and Hilgard Halls, was built in a Classical Revival style. This hall is distinguished by its circular entrance, which is like a tower. Its facade is made of granite, which along with all the granite on the campus, was taken from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Serving as an agricultural hall, Wellman Hall was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Hilgard Hall

7) Hilgard Hall

Along with Giannini and Wellman Halls, Hilgard Hall is a former component of the Agriculture Trio. Built in a Classical Revival style, it is decorated with agricultural motifs such as scythes and sheaves of wheat. Its red roof tiles and soft red columnar friezes make Hilgard Hall a beautiful landmark.
University House

8) University House

The University House is a building on the campus of the University of California. Designed by the architect Albert Pissis, it was formerly the home of the president of the University of California, but is now the home of the chancellor of the Berkeley campus.

It is actually the only residence in the campus's central core, as all student housing lies outside the core campus (but within walking distance). At the beginning of every academic year, the chancellor invites the incoming class to a garden party at the University House. The chancellor then gives a welcoming speech, and various Berkeley Choirs sing. Various snacks and drinks are served on the lawn.

The Chancellor and his/her spouse live on the second floor of the home, while the ground floor is used for receptions and other events. The dining room features art on loan from the UC art library.

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Haviland Hall

9) Haviland Hall

Haviland Hall, built in 1924, is considered one of the campus’ Beaux Arts treasures. As many halls on campus, it was designed by John Galen Howard, and was designated a Berkeley landmark in 1981, seven years earlier than any other campus building. Haviland Hall is located just near Observatory Hill.
North Gate Hall

10) North Gate Hall

North Gate Hall, designed by John Galen Howard, was built in 1906. Also known as the Ark, it had a rustic design featuring small balconies and windows, though it has undergone many renovations since. Rooms were added, surrounded by a courtyard with impressive brick pavement. This building serves as part of the university’s architecture department.
Founders' Rock

11) Founders' Rock (must see)

On the corner of Hearst Avenue and Gayley Road lies the Founders' Rock, the spot, according to college lore, where the 12 trustees of the College of California, the nascent University of California, Berkeley, stood on April 16, 1860, to dedicate the property they had just purchased. This is, supposedly, the same spot where Frederick Billings stood in 1866 when he remembered Bishop Berkeley's verse - "Westerward the course of empire takes it way" -- and thus inspired the name of the new city. A plaque was put on this spot on Charter Day in 1896.

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Walking Tours in Berkeley, California

Create Your Own Walk in Berkeley

Create Your Own Walk in Berkeley

Creating your own self-guided walk in Berkeley is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Telegraph Avenue Shopping in Berkeley

Telegraph Avenue Shopping in Berkeley

As Berkeley is a colorful and joyful city, it offers a great variety of places to shop. Telegraph Avenue is the best shopping area in the city, featuring Rasputin and Amoeba Music, the originality of Berkeley Hat, Bear Basics and Bancroft Clothing. Great gift shops featuring unique items can also be found in this wonderful city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 km
Berkeley Landmarks Tour

Berkeley Landmarks Tour

Berkeley is famous for the amount of wonderful structures it has listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Churches, old private houses, buildings of historical importance and other impressive edifices are all representative of Berkley’s architectural beauty.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Berkeley is renowned for a number of listed historic sights; among them churches, private homes, public buildings and other historically important edifices reflecting the town's architectural beauty. Primarily, though, the town is famous for being home to the University of California, Berkeley Campus. As a student place, it also abounds in restaurants, bookstores and clothing shops, not to...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
University of California Tour in Berkeley, Part 1

University of California Tour in Berkeley, Part 1

The campus of the University of California is the core of Berkeley's treasures. Its design is the result of a 1898 architectural competition. Every part of its architecture has its own story. Take a look at the southern part of the university in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Famous Museums and Galleries in Berkeley

Famous Museums and Galleries in Berkeley

Berkeley is home to several significant museums, including the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The city is also home to art galleries, allowing emerging artists to continue the city’s cultural life.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km
Downtown Tour in Berkeley

Downtown Tour in Berkeley

Berkeley's downtown is home to several historic buildings and structures, each of them with their own history. The area is famous for the Old City Hall, Civic Center Park and the Veteran's Memorial Building. Visitors can also learn about the city’s history in the Berkeley Public Library's History Room.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Berkeley for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Berkeley has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Berkeley, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.