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Oakland is located on the inner part of the Bay Area, right across the Bay Bridge. You will hear the locals refer to this side of the Bay as “The East Bay”. Alameda County is the home of Oakland. There are many different areas and neighborhoods to explore here with an exciting and diverse culture.

Oakland has the big city events we’ve come to expect from urban life including the Pride Parade, various night life experiences, world-renowned dining, art culture and so much more.

Jack London Square is one of the highlights of Oakland. It has Bay views, the call of seabirds, and the ferry as public transit. Enjoy the peace of the waterfront or head a few paces onshore and down European styled walkways to a booming bar and restaurant scene, including The Fat Lady, The Night Light and BBQ joint Everett & Jones. Music can be heard almost every night of the week at Yoshi’s, the famed spot in the Bay Area for jazz and dinner. Tucked within these modern-day diversions and loft-style living are some old-school stops. California’s second oldest bar, Heinold’s First and Last Saloon, opened in 1883 and is still lit by gas (author Jack London wrote here). Or just look for the writer’s Yukon cabin—a replica built from the original boards.

You have to peel back all the layers that make up the city. To truly appreciate Oakland’s diverse culture, spend some time exploring its neighborhoods. You’ll find prideful locals around every corner, whether it’s at the farmers market in Chinatown or a theater in Uptown. Don’t settle in one spot for too long—there’s a lot of ground to cover in Oakland.


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