Oakland

Travel Guide
Oakland

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.

Where to stay in Oakland

Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Airport
3 out of 5
350 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland, CA
The price is €106 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (903 reviews)
"Thank you for the welcoming stay! Definitely would stay again. Thanks"

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2021

Courtyard by Marriott Oakland Airport
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
4 out of 5
200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, CA
The price is €151 per night from 10 Oct to 10 Oct
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! (1,258 reviews)
"For families is great! Pool make the best hotel in the area!"

Reviewed on 17 Sep 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 €113 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
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 Oakland Aviation Museum and Kennedy Park. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,534 reviews)
"Great rooms, nice staff. Liked it."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2021

The Marina Inn on San Francisco Bay
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Coral Reef Inn & Suites
Coral Reef Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
400 Park St, Alameda, CA
The price is €112 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Located in East End, this aparthotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Frank Bette Center for the Arts and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Pacific Pinball Museum. Oracle Arena and ...
3.4/5 (2,277 reviews)
"The lady at the desk was so nice. The room really nice and i loved the view!"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2021

Coral Reef Inn & Suites
Homewood Suites by Hilton Oakland-Waterfront
Homewood Suites by Hilton Oakland-Waterfront
3 out of 5
1103 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA
The price is €141 per night from 5 Oct to 5 Oct
Located in East Peralta, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kaiser Convention Center, Jack London Square and Oakland Museum of California. Oakland Convention ...
4/5Very Good! (463 reviews)
"The customer service was wonderful"

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Oakland-Waterfront
Home2 Suites by Hilton Alameda Oakland Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Alameda Oakland Airport
3 out of 5
1660 HARBOR BAY PARKWAY, Alameda, CA
The price is €180 per night from 30 Sep to 30 Sep
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of RingCentral Coliseum, Oracle Arena and Jack London Square. Oakland Zoo and Oakland Museum ...
4.3/5Excellent! (53 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay here. Room was very clean and modern."

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Alameda 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.

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