Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Visit Berkeley, the Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a brand new website, http://www.VisitBerkeley.com, with powerful travel tools to help Berkeley visitors build and optimize their experience. Advanced maps and travel guides, hotel and restaurant reservations, “locals-only” destination tips and tour suggestions will help travelers build well-informed itineraries. The new site is a great resource for leisure and business travelers, groups, regional visitors and locals alike. Dedicated sections offer tailored content for media, meeting planners, and the travel trade.
“Berkeley is a dynamic city where there’s always something ‘on,’” says Barbara Hillman, president of Visit Berkeley. “Our goal is to make VisitBerkeley.com the definitive Web address for what’s happening and where to stay, dine, shop and play in Berkeley,” she added.
Berkeley will surprise those who still see it as the counter-culture center of the Sixties. Free Speech and flower power are forever in the city’s “DNA,” but Berkeley has evolved into a culinary and cultural travel destination with a “green” soul. You will still see tie-dye in Berkeley, but a deeper look reveals a city that is consummately Californian in setting, international in cultural outlook, and filled with superb hotels, theaters, restaurants, shops and cafes.
The nation’s top-rated public university, UC Berkeley’s park-like campus is the heart of the city, surrounded by pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods of unique attraction and appeal. North Shattuck’s Gourmet Ghetto is foodie headquarters; West Berkeley is an artists’ haven as well as where the city meets San Francisco Bay. Solano Avenue is a leafy mile and a quarter of retail and restaurants; Elmwood District is a classic section of Berkeley that features distinctive architecture and charming boutiques and restaurants. Telegraph Avenue is the seat of “flower power,” and today continues to flow with youthful student energy. Downtown Berkeley is experiencing a renaissance and arts-led revival of its own, and Fourth Street bursts with stylish shops, boutiques, and restaurants.
Travelers are encouraged to explore http://www.VisitBerkeley.com and plan their experience. Once you’re here, the Visit Berkeley Information Center (2030 Addison Street, suite 102; (510) 549-7040) offers free brochures, flyers, staff recommendations, and time-saving tips to enhance your visit.