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  • It may be less famous and less eccentric, but don't overlook San Francisco's neighbor to the east. Oakland grew up as an industrial city, spurred into wealth by the automobile and manufacturing industries in the earlier parts of the last century. Since then, it suffered through a loss of productivity but in recent decades has begun to overcome its bad rap and to grow and even blossom as a destination of its own.

    With weather in between that of San Francisco and the Central Valley, Oakland is lucky enough to experience warm and sunny days for much of the year. Spend time outside in the parkland around Lake Merritt, a salt-water "lake" (really an estuary) in the middle of the city which was the country's first wildlife refuge. On the lakeshore is a children's park, botanical gardens, and miles of walking and bike paths.

    Across the lake is Chinatown, a bustling and authentic area that's one of the country's oldest neighborhoods of its kind. Unlike the Chinatown of other cities like New York and San Francisco, Oakland's Chinatown is more of an pan-Asian-town, with cultural influence from all over southern and eastern Asia. That means lots of delicious cuisines and fun souvenirs to search for.

    Another unique part of Oakland is the renovated and preserved Victorian homes, such as Preservation Park. Complete with fountains and detailed landscaping, the Park is a great place for a walk or for planning an event - this is the perfect spot for a romantic throwback wedding.

    There are also a number of museums worth visiting in different parts of the city. The Oakland Museum of California is filled with more information about California than anyone could absorb in one day, from art to history to geology. Even museum-shy kids can find something to interest them here. Or head to the Chabot Space and Science Center, which features a planetarium and several public-access telescopes - also a great place for a family activity.

    Jack London Square

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    30 Jack London Square

    Oakland's #1 Attraction... read more

    Mountain View Cemetery

    5000 Piedmont Avenue

    Breathtakingly Beautiful... read more

    Oakland California Temple

    4770 Lincoln Avenue

    Beacon of Light... read more

    Oracle Arena & McAfee Coliseum

    7000 Coliseum Way

    A's & the Raiders' Home... read more

    Oakland Museum of California

    1000 Oak St
    At 10th St

    California History Museum & Gardens... read more

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    Lake Merritt

    At the corner of Bellevue and Grand avenues

    Oakland's hidden gem... read more

    Gondola Servizio

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    568 Bellevue Avenue

    Shakespeare In Love!... read more

    Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

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    7000 Coliseum Way

    Camron-Stanford House

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    1418 Lakeside Drive

    Historical home at Lake Merritt... read more

    Oakland Museum of California

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    California history museum & gardens... read more

    Oakland Zoo

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    The zoo across the Bay... read more

    Lake Merritt

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    At the corner of Bellevue and Grand avenues

    Fun recreation in the heart of Oakland... read more

    Lake Temescal

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    6502 Broadway Terrace

    Oakland hills swimming lake... read more

    Mills College

    5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA

    Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA

    Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA

    Tilden Park Golf Course

    Tilden Park Golf Course, Berkeley, California 94705

    Paramount Theatre of the Art

    2025 Broadway, Oakland, CA

    Oakland, CA

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    Craft and Cultural Arts Gallery

    1515 Clay Street
    Atrium, State of California Office Building

    Freedom Of Expression... read more

    Child's Play

    5858 College Avenue

    Excellent locally-owned toy store... read more
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