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City Pulse: The Only Guide to Oakland, Calif. You Need

Destination & Tourism | Ryan Rudnansky | March 05, 2015

City Pulse: The Only Guide to Oakland, Calif. You Need

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We Say:

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.

They Say:

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

Parking Options / Expense: ParkMe, Best Parking

Best Accommodations:

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:

Known For:

Sports Teams:

NFL: Oakland Raiders

NBA: Golden State Warriors

MLB: Oakland Athletics

Cool attractions:


1. Visit the Oakland Museum of California.

2. Venture into the East Bay Regional Park District/Redwood Regional Park.

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

3. Watch Golden State Warriors basketball in a fun-filled family atmosphere at Oracle Arena.


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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