Telegraph Avenue, UC Berkeley
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Telegraph Avenue is a wild street filled with sights and smells revolving around a certain green substance. Ironically, as you enter the street there are signs declaring it a "Drug Free Zone." It's fascinating to take a stroll down the street and see the characters you pass- hippies from a former era still living a streetlife that's half carefree half gritty. A guy swirls in circles in a psychedelic trance, while older long-haired dudes play music. Signs and stickers boast the benefits of anything anti-authority. Tie-dye and colors abound. Rasputin Music looks like a cool spot. There are endless used bookstores and smoke shops. You definitely won't be bored on Telegraph Avenue.
Follow Telegraph Avenue north to Sproul Plaza to check out the UC Berkeley campus scene.
For a great hangout with a less cramped, open feel and good food, head to Solano Avenue. For amazing food, check out Gourmet Ghetto on Shattuck Avenue. Great food can also be found along charming College Ave.
Berkeley is a dog-friendly place where dogs are considered on-leash even if they are leash-free as long as they are obedience trained and stay within six feet of their owners.
Great Place to Stay
The blocks around Telegraph Avenue are called South Campus and are filled with dormitories and UC buildings. A great place to stay to be a part of the college scene is Hotel Durant, a quirky hotel with a collegiate flavor. It is a mix of ultra-clean, luxury accomodations, and lamps that look like- well. you'll just have to see for yourself. A poster for the film "The Graduate" donned the wall in our room, along with a painting with themes of science and nuclear energy. Door keys look like student IDs. Walls are dark-toned and bed headboards are black leather. It's much more exciting than your typical cheesy hotel room with paintings of a rowboat on a lake and floral accents here and there. Refreshing! From Hotel Durant there are lovely views of the bay and of the Campanile, a true princess tower, at night. You can walk just one block to Telegraph Avenue and two blocks to Sproul Plaza from Hotel Durant.
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Take Highway I-80 East to Berkeley. Exit at University Avenue. Go east on University Avenue for 1.5 miles. Turn right on Oxford Street. Turn left on Durant Avenue. Turn left on Telegraph Avenue. Parking is very difficult just like any city area. We stayed at Hotel Durant and paid $16 for parking.
Hotel Durant, 2600 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, call (510) 845-8981.
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Overall Visitor Rating:
|A do-not-miss street. I spent time here twice during my trip. Wish there was more tie-dye and less jewelry but still good to shop. By far the best are the used bookstores. Definitely recommend going to Telegraph Avenue. Also check out coffee places on Euclid Ave.|
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