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 theaters 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 Center.

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

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Oakland - Hayward
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Oakland - Hayward
2.5 out of 5
20777 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, CA, 94541
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $134 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Hayward. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Nice for the price. Only complaint, flimsy blanket. Clean, spacious and nice shower."

Reviewed on Aug. 10, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Oakland - Hayward
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
4 out of 5
200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, CA, 94710
The price is CA $226 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
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! (1,476 reviews)
Spiders
"Pretty place...older buildings. Not a bad price just watch out for the big scary spiders."

Reviewed on Aug. 14, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina
Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge
Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge
3 out of 5
1800 Powell Street, Emeryville, CA, 94608
The price is CA $207 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Emeryville. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,005 reviews)
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"Wonderful bed, super clean room, had a very good rate too. Very nice all around."

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2022

Hilton Garden Inn San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge
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Little House on the Hill -Private bedroom Shared bathroom
Little House on the Hill -Private bedroom Shared bathroom
Oakland, CA
The price is CA $83 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 25
Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Popular attractions RingCentral Coliseum and Oakland Zoo are located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews for ...
Little House on the Hill -Private bedroom Shared bathroom
Coral Reef Inn & Suites
Coral Reef Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
400 Park St, Alameda, CA, 94501
The price is CA $141 per night from Sep 10 to Sep 11
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Alameda. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the overall value ...
3.3/5 (2,390 reviews)
Great
"Experience was good and location was great. I would definitely stay there again."

Reviewed on Jul. 27, 2022

Coral Reef Inn & Suites
Serene Cozy Private Suite Patio ~ Upscale Berkeley
Serene Cozy Private Suite Patio ~ Upscale Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
The price is CA $98 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
Stay at this business-friendly vacation home in Berkeley. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Greek Theater and Fox Theater ...
5/5 Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Great Stay
"Our host was attentive and kind and we felt well cared for. The pictures don’t do justice to this comfy stay. We loved the neighborhood and were able to walk to a ton of local spots from the house. A lovely place for a couple to rest during their stay in the bay."

Reviewed on Jul. 19, 2022

Serene Cozy Private Suite Patio ~ Upscale Berkeley
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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