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This is an area of Bay Area that around 390,000 people call home.
You can find this destination 70 miles from Sacramento, the state capital of California. It is also about 4 miles from Berkeley.
Grab the kids and enjoy some quality time at the Paramount Theatre and Children's Fairyland. Want more? The Museum of Children's Art and the Habitot Children's Museum are sure to keep everyone grinning.
The Oakland Zoo is a great place to bring the kids for a fun-filled afternoon among native and exotic creatures. If you don't have much time, take a map so you don't miss any of the zoo highlights.
This region's wineries know how to impress the senses. Meet the dedicated vintners, sample some expertly crafted wines and enjoy a great day out at the Westover Winery and the Chouinard Vineyards. Ready for the next stop? The Rock Wall Wine Company and the Rosenblum Cellars should also be added to your itinerary.
Botanical displays remarkable trees and winding garden paths await green thumbs at the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley and the Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden.
Bring along some lunch and enjoy some time to yourself in the leafy, green surroundings of Joaquin Miller Park and Kennedy Park. People's Park and Hayward Japanese Gardens are two more excellent places to while away the afternoon over a good book.
Crab Cove Visitor Center and Rotary Nature Center and Waterfowl Refuge are good places to start if you're after some information about Oakland.
Lake Merritt and Lake Anza are popular for picnics and bird-watching.
Need to get away from the bustle of the city? Head out on an adventure to Tilden Regional Park and Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. Nature-loving visitors will also have a wonderful time at Hayward Regional Shoreline Park and Tilden Nature Area.
Don't forget to make time for some of the popular exhibition spaces nearby. Savor the quiet and relaxing atmosphere as you check out the unique collections at the Chabot Space and Science Center and the Judah L. Magnes Museum. The Oakland Aviation Museum and the Alameda Naval Air Museum are also worth a visit.
Featuring a wide range of scientific artifacts, models and displays, the Lawrence Hall of Science is worth visiting.
From the instant you step through the doors, it's obvious that the collections of the Robert Lowie Museum of Anthropology and the Essig Museum of Entomology are a labor of love. Gazing back from behind the glass, these fantastic specimens can't help but excite your curiosity. The University of California Museum of Paleontology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology are also well worth checking out.
Are you feeling inspired? Fill your day with art exhibits and wonderful creations at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
Journey back through the mists of time to examine the informative exhibits at the Oakland Museum of California and the African American Museum.
To learn about the area's rich and fascinating past, consider visiting its many historic sites. Start your history lesson at the University of California - Berkeley and Mountain View Cemetery. You might also like to take a few photos at Pardee Home Museum and Dunsmuir House and Gardens.
Religion often offers a window into a destination's soul. Here, sacred sites such as Cathedral of Christ the Light and the Temple Sinai show us this region's spiritual side.
Before you pack your bags and head back home, ensure you stop by a few of Oakland's lesser-known attractions. Jack London Square and Berkeley Marina are some interesting options. Also, consider seeing the Doe Library and the St. George Spirits if you've got the time.
Accommodation in Oakland
You can find 94 Oakland hotel listings by browsing Expedia's Oakland hotels page.
Discerning travelers looking to book accommodations with a touch of class will be delighted, Oakland features a range of high-end stays, including the Claremont Club & Spa - A Fairmont Hotel, at 41 Tunnel Road, and the Hotel Durant, at 2600 Durant Ave. The DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina, 200 Marina Blvd, and the Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel, 10 Washington Street, are two other high-ranking Expedia-listed hotel choices worth booking.
Situated in Oakland, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and 1 mi (1.6 km) from Oracle Arena. Oakland Aviation Museum is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.
Located a half-mile from a BART station, this hotel is within 2 miles of the Oracle Arena and the Oakland Coliseum and 8 miles from downtown Oakland.
Situated in Berkeley, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Berkeley Repertory Theater, University of California - Berkeley, and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Greek Theater and University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Oracle Arena. Oakland Aviation Museum and Oakland Zoo are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in San Leandro, this golf hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Monarch Bay Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and Oracle Arena. Oakland Aviation Museum and East Bay Regional Park District are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This hotel in a business district is 3.2 miles from the University of California, 3 miles from the Berkeley Art Museum, and 12 miles from Downtown San Francisco.
Situated in Oakland, this motel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Oracle Arena. Oakland Aviation Museum and Oakland Zoo are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in the heart of Oakland, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Paramount Theatre and Oakland Museum of California. Fox Theater and Grand Lake Theater are also within 1 mi (2 km).