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Oakland
Travel Guide

Berkeley showing a bridge, a sunset and a skyscraper

Farmers markets, a multicultural culinary scene, stunning art deco architecture and an exciting zoo make Oakland a must-visit location for Bay area visitors. 

Visit Oakland to discover one of America’s most beautiful theaters or explore the country’s first wildlife refuge. Enjoy waterfront dining and shopping in Jack London Square or relax in one of the city’s many live music bars.

Oakland is the third-largest city in the San Francisco Bay area. Once infamous as home to the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang, the city has reinvented itself and now combines historical treasures such as City Hall with modern wonders like the Chabot Space & Science Center.

Learn about the city’s past in the Oakland Museum, which features historical exhibits, a display on California’s ecology and a rooftop sculpture garden. Discover the stories of Oakland’s black population in the African American Museum & Library.

Take a walk or a jog around Lake Merritt, a saltwater lagoon in the middle of the city. This was also the first nature reserve in the United States. The city has about 260 sunny days a year, making it a great place for outdoor enthusiasts.

Families will enjoy the Oakland Zoo, while couples and friends can attend a live performance in the splendid Paramount Theatre. Go to Jack London Square and stop in at the saloon where the novelist used to drink. This waterside square has a Sunday farmers market in addition to its fine dining and shopping.

Oakland’s creative side is highlighted at the annual August Art + Soul, a festival featuring musical performances, arts and crafts, food and more. Take advantage of the monthly event known as the First Friday Arts Festival, when galleries stay open late, performers line the streets and pop-up food stalls offer a variety of delicious treats.

Get around on the Bay Area Rapid Transportation (BART) rail system or use the good network of buses. Some BART stations, most notably the one on 16th Street, are attractions in themselves, showcasing interesting architecture and ornate facades.

Oakland’s warm weather, arts and multiculturalism give you the best ingredients of the modern California city.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
3.5 out of 5
200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, CA
The price is €136 per night from 26 May to 26 May
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of McLaughlin Eastshore State Park and Cesar Chavez Park. Berkeley Marina and Adventure Playground ...
3.9/5Good! (1,187 reviews)
"The location"

Reviewed on 27 Apr 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
The Marina Inn on San Francisco Bay
The Marina Inn on San Francisco Bay
2.5 out of 5
68 Monarch Bay Dr, San Leandro, CA
The price is €84 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Situated in San Leandro, this golf hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Monarch Bay Golf Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of RingCentral Coliseum and Oracle Arena. Oakland ...
The Marina Inn on San Francisco Bay
Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Airport
3 out of 5
350 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland, CA
The price is €98 per night from 22 May to 22 May
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Oakland Aviation Museum, Oracle Arena and RingCentral Coliseum. Oakland Zoo and Monarch Bay Golf ...
4.2/5Very Good! (949 reviews)
"Everything was perfect. Everyone was very accommodating."

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Coral Reef Inn & Suites
Coral Reef Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
400 Park St, Alameda, CA
The price is €108 per night from 14 May to 14 May
Located in East End, this aparthotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of USS Hornet Museum, Jack London Square and RingCentral Coliseum. Oracle Arena and Oakland Museum ...
3.4/5 (2,239 reviews)
"The Hotel is in a great location. I would say that they just need to update the appliances of the kitchen. Not the best but not the worst hotel just Good. Needs to improve."

Reviewed on 4 May 2021

Coral Reef Inn & Suites
Sailing Cruiser 36" Footer Great for a Couple, Located at Pristine Marina
Sailing Cruiser 36" Footer Great for a Couple, Located at Pristine Marina
1150 Ballena Blvd, Dock A, Alameda, CA
Located in West Alameda, this houseboat is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from USS Hornet Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Jack London Square. Oakland Convention Center and Oakland ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Simple and nice
"Nice way to enjoy a live-aboard experience in the SF bay. Clean and basic. Owner was friendly and accommodating. My only suggestion is to include a coffee maker.."

Reviewed on 30 Apr 2021

Sailing Cruiser 36" Footer Great for a Couple, Located at Pristine Marina
w/ TV & Wifi! Garden Studio in Montclair Hills
w/ TV & Wifi! Garden Studio in Montclair Hills
201 Taurus, Oakland, CA
Located in Merriewood, this apartment building is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Telegraph Avenue and within 6 miles (10 km) of University of California, Berkeley and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
Quiet and peaceful
"Grateful that I could stay in this place"

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2021

w/ TV & Wifi! Garden Studio in Montclair Hills
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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5/5 - Excellent

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6 Jan 2020

Love Oakland, can't wait to come back.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Oct 2019

Oakland area looked safe and clean. Traffic around Oakland was fine. Traffic into San Francisco is terrible it took us 2 hours to get into San Francisco even at 6am. We received terrible service at the Denny's close to this hotel, do not go there.

3/5 - Okay

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30 Sep 2019

Nothing much happening.