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The population of this area of Bay Area is roughly 390,000.
Sacramento, the state capital, is about 70 miles to the northeast of Oakland, while Berkeley is 4 miles to the north.
Rediscover the joys of childhood and be transported into a place of magic at the Paramount Theatre and Children's Fairyland. The Museum of Children's Art and the Habitot Children's Museum are also worth stopping by if the little ones still have energy to burn.
The Oakland Zoo is an amazing place to bring your group for an entertaining day among exotic critters. If you can't spare too much time, collect a map so you don't miss any of the zoo's many highlights.
The area's wineries certainly know how to dazzle the senses. Meet the cellar masters, sample the latest blends and enjoy a fantastic day out at the Westover Winery or the Chouinard Vineyards. Ready for one or two more? The St. George Spirits and the Rock Wall Wine Company are also highly praised.
If you're hoping to learn about the local plant species, a visit to the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley and the Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden is highly recommended.
Pack a picnic hamper and relax for while in the lush surroundings of Tilden Regional Park and Lake Merritt. You'll also find plenty of room to lie down in the grass at Joaquin Miller Park and Kennedy Park.
Once you arrive, learn about local culture and events at Crab Cove Visitor Center and Rotary Nature Center and Waterfowl Refuge.
Lake Anza is is a picturesque location to spot local wildlife and skim some stones along the water.
Switch off your phone and give yourself a break from the noise of the modern world at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve and Hayward Regional Shoreline Park. Lovers of nature will also have a terrific time at Tilden Nature Area and Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.
Schedule a visit to some of the favored cultural institutions nearby. Enjoy the cool and quiet interior as you check out the collections at the Chabot Space and Science Center and the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Equally rewarding are the Oakland Museum of California and the Lawrence Hall of Science.
You may think of natural museums as a place to take the children, but the captivating specimens at the Robert Lowie Museum of Anthropology and the Essig Museum of Entomology show that there's a good deal to keep the grown-ups captivated as well. The University of California Museum of Paleontology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology are also not to be missed.
Complex installations and objects await art lovers at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts.
Enjoy the interesting exhibits and view the well-preserved collections at the African American Museum.
To discover more about the area's colorful past, consider visiting its remaining historical sites. Begin your local history tour at the University of California - Berkeley and Mountain View Cemetery. When it comes to bygone times, there's always something else to know. USS Potomac and Pardee Home Museum are also great places to stop by.
As we travel the world, we are constantly experiencing different customs and religions. Spending an afternoon soaking up the tranquil surroundings of Cathedral of Christ the Light, the Temple Sinai or the Chabad of the East Bay is an excellent way to glimpse Oakland's spiritual side.
Before you pack up your suitcase and head home, be sure to visit a few of the lesser-known attractions here. Jack London Square and Berkeley Marina are well worth a look. If you can fit it in, also visit the Doe Library or Hayward City Hall.
The Expedia Oakland hotels page displays as many as 69 luxurious and budget hotel and apartment options, so it should be easy finding somewhere that suits your needs in this popular destination.
Visitors seeking accommodations at the luxury end of the scale will be delighted, Oakland features a selection of upscale hotels, such as the Claremont Club & Spa - A Fairmont Hotel, at 41 Tunnel Road, and the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, at 2086 Allston Way. The La Quinta Inn Berkeley, at 920 University Ave, and the Rodeway Inn Berkeley, at 1461 University Ave are two cheaper offerings that may be worth considering if you're looking to save a bit of cash.