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A city famed for its artistic vibe, Oakland has plenty to offer its visitors. The hectic streets of Chinatown are buzzing with traditional tea shops and medicine stores, the city streets are broken by the glittering waters of popular Lake Merritt, while the Downtown area is a labyrinth of contemporary bars and clubs which fill on weekends with revelers out to have some fun. The city is lively and happy, a less commercialized version of neighboring conurbations. Explore its history in preservation parks and aging museums, and visit Mountain View Cemetery where famous Californians are laid to rest.

Things to see

The Coliseum is unique, a solitary reminder of a once typical sight in major US cities. This multi-purpose arena is the last one of its kind to provide a home for major teams in more than one sport. It’s where Major League Baseball fans can cheer for the Oakland Athletics, while National League Football follows the career and annual highlights of the much-loved Oakland Raiders. Right on the waterfront, Jack London Square has a trendy, appealing vibe. This cosmopolitan plaza is lined with elegant restaurants offering seasonal menus with views of the harbor. On the water, brightly colored kayaks wait patiently for the next adventurer, and when night falls, open air concerts and lively parties take place beneath the glow of city street lamps. The sparkling waters of Lake Merritt might sit further inland but they’re still affected by the swelling tides. Overlooked by rows of affluent homes, it’s a popular spot for sailing, while its 10 acre amusement park known as Children’s Fairyland has been delighting youngsters since the 1950s with garish rides and live performances.

Hotels in Oakland

Hotels in Oakland are typically mid-budget places to stay – it leaves the upper-crust luxury hotels to the neighboring metropolis of San Francisco. You don’t have to hunt for long to find some great choices, with ocean view discount hotels available, as well as cozy bed and breakfasts and pretty residence hotels. Most hotels here are beautifully furnished, offering 1 or 2 queen or king sized beds in spacious guestrooms, a high standard of en-suite bathrooms, and complimentary breakfast. Outdoor pools are also a typical feature, perfect for lazy summer afternoons.

Where to stay

Staying in the heart of Oakland puts you close to all the city action. The streets here are a heady mix of trendy shopping and lively nightlife. Overlooking the front, sea view restaurants enjoy prime location on the promenade, next to chic bars and urban cafés. On the other side of Oakland Inner Harbor, the island of Alameda is an overspill of housing and contemporary stores. Wide boulevards are lined with painted clapboard homes, and the gentle coastline is a haven for fishermen.

How to get to Oakland

Oakland has its own international airport by the same name, although the San Francisco International Airport is likely to be more convenient for many travelers. They’re both easy to reach by public transport, but if you’re feeling flush you could arrange to arrive in Oakland itself by water taxi, grabbing the opportunity for fabulous views of the San Francisco coastline along the way. When you’re in Oakland, getting around is easy by public transport, although discovering the Downtown area, with all its trendy nightlife and enticing independent boutiques, is best done on foot.

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