The laid-back hippie
Distance from SF: 14 miles; 30 minutes
While home to U.C. Berkeley, the Free Speech Movement of the ‘60s, bohemian vibes, and hippy paraphernalia-laden shopping, this East Bay city may surprise those expecting a more... let’s say, herb-friendly culture. Walk along Telegraph Ave through vintage boutiques, classic music stores like Amoeba Music and Rasputin Music, bookstores that include Moe’s Books (since 1959), cafes, and smoke shops. Explore the Downtown Arts District while keeping an eye out for street murals, live music, art galleries, dance performances, and bicyclists (watch out – they’re everywhere). A trip to ‘Beserkley’ is guaranteed to be, well, a trip.