City Pulse: The Only Guide to Oakland, Calif. You Need
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The City of Oakland has gotten a bit of a bad rap over the years, but, in the Year 2015, “Oaktown” is a rising destination that is generating plenty of positive buzz.
Oakland has been included on a variety of lists as a top city to watch in 2015 as it invests heavily in areas of the cities that need a revamp. Oakland’s food scene has also been growing by the year as Michelin-starred chefs move in, and it continues to be a hotbed for cultural activities, festivals, art and outdoor activities.
Given these points of emphasis, it’s no wonder why the city has developed a bit of a reputation as the city where San Franciscans are migrating to by the bunches.
Oakland is a hot destination for travelers and offers many attractions for everyone. The Port of Oakland is the fifth busiest port in the nation and the city’s ties to the shipping industry influences the art and architecture of the area. Besides art and architecture, Oakland is also experiencing a cultural renaissance in the food scene, attracting chefs and restauranteurs from all over the country. The tech industry has taken notice, too. Many tech companies are looking to open up headquarters and East Bay offices in Oakland to take advantage of the innovation and creativity the city fosters. We’re a hot spot of visitors and new residents alike! - Visit Oakland
Current Traffic: Google Traffic
Airport: Oakland International Airport
Public Transit: AC Transit
Bikeshare: Bay Area Bike Share (plans for expansion into East Bay in 2015)
Walkability Score: 69 at Walk Score
Boutique: Waterfront Hotel
High End: The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa
Mid Range: Holiday Inn Oakland Airport
Bargain: Best Western Plus Bayside Hotel
Foods to seek out:
NFL: Oakland Raiders
MLB: Oakland Athletics
1. Visit the Oakland Museum of California.
3. Experience culturally authentic Chinatown.
1 Take a stroll around beautiful Lake Merritt.
2. See Jack London Square.
3. Swoon amid thousands of roses at the Morcom Rose Garden.
1. Visit the Oakland Zoo.
2. Take the kids to see children’s books come to life at Children’s Fairyland.
1. Grab a seat at the historic Heinold’s First & Last Chance Saloon.
2. Dine and groove at Yoshi’s jazz venue and restaurant.
3. Grab a drink or two at tiki bar The Conga Lounge in a city known for its Mai Tais.
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