Oakland

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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 theatres 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 Centre.

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

Oakland Airport Executive Hotel
Oakland Airport Executive Hotel
3 out of 5
150 Hegenberger Rd, Oakland, CA, 94621
The price is ₹5,597 per night from 9 Feb to 10 Feb
₹5,597
per night
9 Feb - 10 Feb
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Oakland. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant ...
3.2/5 (1,180 reviews)
"Room is good, only hallway is filled with smoking smell. Nice staff."

Reviewed on 28 Jan 2023

Oakland Airport Executive Hotel
Radisson Hotel Oakland Airport
Radisson Hotel Oakland Airport
3 out of 5
8400 Edes Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94621
The price is ₹6,809 per night from 19 Feb to 20 Feb
₹6,809
per night
19 Feb - 20 Feb
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Oakland. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,028 reviews)
"Clean, good customer service"

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2023

Radisson Hotel Oakland Airport
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
4 out of 5
200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, CA, 94710
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ₹11,343 per night from 16 Feb to 17 Feb
₹11,343
per night
16 Feb - 17 Feb
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Berkeley. Enjoy free WiFi, a marina and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,549 reviews)
"The beds where a little to stiff for my liking and the prices at the snack bar where way to over priced. $3 for a small bag of M&Ms really. The staff was friendly and the property was well taken care of"

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2023

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
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, 94501
Stay at this aparthotel in Alameda. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value in their reviews. ...
3.3/5 (2,444 reviews)
"God value, convenient."

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2023

Coral Reef Inn & Suites
Dimond Abode 3428
Dimond Abode 3428
4.5 out of 5
3428 Adell Ct, Oakland, CA, 94602
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury residence in Oakland. Enjoy free WiFi, a balcony or patio and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Grand Lake Theater and Lake Merritt ...
Dimond Abode 3428
Aesthetically Elegant Downstairs Unit In Oakland 1 Bedroom Apts by Redawning
Aesthetically Elegant Downstairs Unit In Oakland 1 Bedroom Apts by Redawning
3.5 out of 5
1651 Trestle Glen Road, Oakland, CA, 94610
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Oakland. Enjoy free WiFi, a TV and a kitchen. Popular attractions Grand Lake Theater and Lake Merritt are located nearby. ...
Aesthetically Elegant Downstairs Unit In Oakland 1 Bedroom Apts by Redawning
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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