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What you should know about Oakland

The third-largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland is every bit as appealing as its more illustrious neighbors, and a stay in this vibrant town is rewarded with a superb combination of natural attractions and big-city delights. Take in one of the city’s multitude of parks and green areas by day before spending an evening wandering the bustling neighborhoods of Chinatown and Uptown to uncover top-class restaurants, indie bars and clubs, and a thriving arts and music scene.

Hotels in Oakland

As with any large city, Oakland offers a wide range of hotel options, suitable for all tastes and budgets. Many hotels in Oakland offer amenities that allow guests to enjoy the year-round Californian sunshine in comfort and style, including outdoor swimming pools. The Executive Inn & Suites Embarcadero Cove on Oakland Waterfront is one such family-friendly Oakland hotel, and offers great facilities and striking waterfront views. Budget travel in Oakland is also facilitated by the large selection of affordable accommodation on offer, with the Best Western Plus Airport Inn & Suites on Hegenberger Loop and the Comfort Inn & Suites Oakland Edes Ave among the most popular choices.

Things to see in Oakland

Whether it’s American football, basketball, or baseball, Oakland is a city that loves its sport, so much so that it has 3 major sporting franchises in 3 different sports, not bad for a city of less than half a million people! The Oakland Raiders, the Golden State Warriors, and the Oakland A’s all ply their trade at the Oakland Coliseum, a sports complex that can be easily reached by public transportation. Another of Oakland’s favorite recreation spots is Lake Merritt, where locals and visitors alike come to walk and jog through the surrounding parkland, just east of downtown. The lake, which is fact a tidal lagoon, is especially popular with nature lovers due to the large population of wild ducks, including Canadian geese, egrets, and herons, that call it home. Oakland’s Chinatown is another popular attraction, especially with foodies keen to try out the excellent Pan-Asian restaurants here.

Good for budget travelers and families

A wonderful destination in itself, Oakland also offers travelers an ideal and affordable base to explore the wider San Francisco Bay Area. The great selection of budget hotels in Oakland make it a popular choice for backpackers and students, and the city’s host of wallet-friendly attractions, from parks to museums, make it easy to enjoy your stay without breaking the bank. Offering a whole host of family-friendly activities designed to keep pint-sized travelers entertained, Oakland is also a great place for families with young children. Oakland Zoo will provide hours of entertainment for young animal lovers while Oakland Museum of California offers free art workshops especially for kids.

How to get to Oakland

Getting around Oakland is easy thanks to its top-class public transportation network that encompasses rail, bus, and ferry services. Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, is a rail and subway system that connects the entire San Francisco Bay Area, making it easy—and cheap—to travel in Oakland, and between the bay’s many cities and districts. Oakland International Airport is a 45-minute journey on the BART, and Oakland’s AC Transit bus company provides regular connections in and around the city. Oakland is also renowned as one of America’s most bicycle-friendly cities, with many dedicated tracks and bike rental options available throughout the neighborhood.