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Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Mon, 29th Jun '09 1:31 PM


My mother, a family friend and I are driving to the bay area for a concert and a girls weekend in about a week and a half, and my mother has left it up to me to deal with all the travel arrangements and trip planning. I already have our San Francisco day planned out, but I'm at a loss as for what to do on the day of the concert. Both the concert and our hotel are in Oakland, and I would prefer to stay on the Oakland side of the bay that day, as my mother is still recouperating and will need to rest that afternoon in order to make it through the concert without wearing herself out. Any suggestions or recommendations on some interesting sight seeing, funky shopping districts or museums in the Oakland or Berkeley would be greatly appreciated as I am completely unfamiliar with the area. Thanks guys.

Collioure  (Level: 102.3 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 29th Jun '09 1:41 PM

Sorry, this is a Stanford family.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Mon, 29th Jun '09 3:49 PM

Only have a minute here, but be sure to take a drive up into the Berkeley Hills along Grizzly Peak Blvd. At night it's especially impressive. You can see the entire bay area with lights encircling it. We would call those hills mountains, here in the flatlands!

Lodi  (Level: 95.9 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 29th Jun '09 7:07 PM

Well, I was going to suggest my favorite, Moss Beach and the Moss Beach Distillery, but its on the other side. Lots of fun tide pools, and a yummy restaurant. That's haunted.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 29th Jun '09 7:25 PM

Go watch the A's and Tigers play tonight.

Tuzilla  (Level: 130.8 - Posts: 3769)
Mon, 29th Jun '09 7:42 PM

Pardee Home Museum

SF Botanical Gardens if you will chance the other side.

Daveguth  (Level: 250.0 - Posts: 1636)
Tue, 30th Jun '09 1:48 AM

Consider the Berkeley Art Museum which is on Bancroft Ave. across the street from the UC Berkeley campus. There's also the Oakland Museum, which is near Lake Merritt. They have a good, but rather small collection of art by Northern California painters, plus a lot of folk art specific to the area.

I don't know about a "funky" shopping district, but you should probably steer clear of Telegraph Ave. just south of the UC Berkeley campus. It's become really grimy.

You might like the Fourth St. shopping district in West Berkeley.

You might also like to see the old historic district in downtown Oakland, around 8th and Broadway.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 30th Jun '09 6:57 AM

Thought of a few more fun things. Oakland Chinatown, though not as well known as SF's, is pretty large, and way less "touristy" than it's better known sister across the bay. Jack London Square--well it's pretty touristy, but kinda fun, and very pretty, right on the bay. One of my favorite shops used to be "Ratto's Deli". It's an Italian place that's been there for about a hundred years (looks older). Great food, and just fun to look around at stuff. It (at least used to be--I moved 20 yrs ago) a general store as well. Very cool. It's in the historic district that Dave mentioned. Remember to dress warm!

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Tue, 30th Jun '09 7:29 AM

If you do travel up to Grizzley Peak Blvd, (which is about 2,000 ft above sea level), take it right into Tilden Park. It's part of Wildcat Canyon, and smells like nothing but euculyptus. You haven't seen SF Bay area though, unless you've seen it from the East Bay hills at night. If you drive back down Marin street, be sure you're brakes are good, it's steeper than any 20,000 ft ladder you've ever descended, as scary as an amusement park ride. The houses in the Berkeley hills are quite interesting architecturally, and the streets are twisty, turny and steep. Yeah, I'm homesick.

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