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Oakland, California is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Oakland has easy access to the Oakland Airport, BART, Amtrak, freeways, AC Transit, and ferry, making this a most desirable destination. Discover Oakland's captivating mix of modern and historic, old and new. Explore waterfront attractions at the ever-growing Jack London Square and the venerable Lake Merritt.
Oakland's landscape is a
picturesque mix of lovely hillside neighborhoods; exciting and diverse
architecture; a bustling waterfront; two shimmering lakes; 19 miles of shoreline
along the San Francisco Bay; unparalleled Bay views; and more parks and open
space per capita than any other city in the Bay Area. Everyone loves the year
round vacation weather with temperatures in the gentle 50's and 60's in the
winter and spring, and 70's throughout summer and fall.
A city on the move, Oakland
has emerged as a major economic force in the region. Long a center for
international trade, the Port of Oakland is one of the nation's busiest
container ports in the Bay Area. The Oakland International Airport is served by
many major domestic and international airlines.
The arts are alive in Oakland as well. The city
has one of the largest visual and performing arts communities on the West Coast,
and the arts are celebrated on every level; from acclaimed symphony and ballet
to museums, galleries, and small arts organizations. The Old Oakland district
includes many of the finest examples of Victorian commercial architecture on the
West Coast. Oakland's population boomed after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake,
and the Broadway Historic District showcases a range of architectural treasures
constructed between 1900-1949. Bold new buildings now shine in Oakland's modern
There is definitely no shortage of things to see
and do, and there is weather to match. Visitors can explore the universe at The
Chabot Space and Science Center. The Center houses one of the largest public
telescopes in the United States, a 230-seat planetarium, and the large-screen
Tien Mega Dome Theater. Every child’s fantasy comes true at Children's Fairyland.
Here young children can enjoy the enchanting, three-dimensional fantasy
world where popular nursery rhymes come to life, set in picturesque Lakeside
Speaking of Lakeside Park, this large saltwater
lake, one of the largest in the country, and the adjoining 122-acre park is home
to wildlife, formal gardens, and a children's amusement park. All of these draw
scores of walkers, joggers, bikers, rowers, sailors, and windsurfers, year
round. For a little romance, visitors can experience Gondola Servizio where
they glide across Lake Merritt in a beautiful Venetian craft accompanied by a
Of course, everyone needs a chance to relax, shop
and enjoy a good meal. A wonderful place for this is in Oakland is at Jack
London Square. This busy site at the water's edge has dining, entertainment,
shopping, and more than a few spots for daydreaming. Take a ferry ride, stroll
the scenic boardwalk, catch a movie, or just rest and refresh at a sunny
sidewalk café. For a little history in a nostalgic setting, the historic Grand
Lake Theatre is a must see. A mainstay of the community since its construction
in 1926, this first-run movie theater is graced with a colorful, lighted marquee
and a sweeping staircase in the main hall. Look for the ornately decorated
walls, brass chandeliers, and faux opera boxes. Prior to curtain on Friday and
Saturday nights, an organist serenades the audience on a Wurlitzer. Rent
a sailboat on Lake Merritt, stroll along the waterfront, explore the fantastic
Oakland Museum: These are all great reasons to spend fog-free days exploring one
of California's largest and most ethnically diverse cities.
Oakland has near perfect weather to enjoy all of
the spectacular offerings of the city. “Sunny California” applies to Oakland’s
climate. With the sun shining an average of 95% of the time in the summer, it’s
the time to experience the numerous outdoor activities available. The fall
offers a chance to view Nature in transition. With the temperature dropping
only slightly from the summer, visitors can enjoy the out of doors day or
night. Winters are mild with the average temperature around 55 F. Snow is
almost never seen, except in the higher elevations and then only briefly.
Spring brings an abundance of sunshine, warmer temperatures and very low
humidity. It’s an ideal time for a relaxing stroll in one of the areas many
History, events, great
entertainment, sports, scenery and an ideal climate in which to experience it
all, Oakland, the City by the Bay, has it.