City Information for Berkeley, California

The SMS is delighted to hold this Special Conference in Berkeley, California! Located in the Bay Area, Berkeley serves as an ideal location to examine the ways in which the more than 2,000 local tech companies have impacted the region and the world. As a destination, the Bay Area is an excellent place to go exploring, with the arts and culture of San Francisco, the vineyards of the Napa and Sonoma valleys, and the technologies of Silicon Valley within one to two hours—and Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe, two of the most beautiful natural regions in the United States, are within three to four hours away by car.   

The Campanile

Visible for miles around, and the third-tallest bell and clock-tower in the world, the Campanile is an icon of Berkeley. Climb to the top of the tower for a spectacular view of the Bay Area or enjoy one of the three daily carillon concerts.

Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area not only boasts its urban center of San Francisco City and nearby Silicon Valley but also contains the renowned wine-producing regions of the Sonoma and Napa valleys, the dramatically rugged Point Reyes Peninsula and National Seashore, and so much more.

Telegraph Avenue District

Filled with restaurants, bookstores, shops, and street vendors, Berkeley’s Telegraph District, which is just south of UC Berkeley, serves as both a conductor and conduit for the city’s unceasing energy. Take a self-guided historical walking tour to learn about the people and events that inspired and shaped the radical history of this area.

"Gourmet Ghetto"

Berkeley also serves up an international mix of restaurants. Locals and visitors alike can choose from more than one hundred establishments, with a huge concentration of fit-for-student-income offerings in North Berkeley along Shattuck Avenue. The area is filled with eateries and artisan food purveyors.

Tilden Park

Covering 2,079-acres and located minutes from Downtown Berkeley, this regional park provides ample opportunities for exploration. The park not only has hiking trails that will take you through forests of fragrant eucalyptus and grass meadows but also contains the Tilden Park Botanic Gardens and Environmental Education Center. Don’t forget to check out Lake Anza’s sandy beach and swimming area located in this park. 

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is the cultural centerpiece of downtown Berkeley, with one of the most innovative exhibition programs for art, film, and cultural happenings in the country. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday with more than 20 exhibitions, 450 film screenings, and dozens of public programs each year.