Photo tour of Oakland, California

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Oakland, California is so full of things to do that it was recently ranked as the most exciting city in America. The next time you’re in the Bay Area, make some time to explore the beauty of the East Bay – in the meantime, enjoy this photo tour.

While Oakland, Calif. is well known for its black and white Raiders football jerseys – and the die-hard fans who don them – this Bay Area city is a haven for art lovers, foodies and those who enjoy an afternoon stroll through a park. Oakland is so full of things to do, in fact, that it was recently ranked as the most exciting city in America.

Historic Art Deco theaters like the Paramount and Fox Theaters remain as testaments to both Oakland’s artistic and architectural pasts, while ongoing events like the Art Murmur monthly art walk showcase the city’s thriving art scene. At the Oakland Museum of California, you can enjoy your fill of art, history and natural science. And for a taste of nature, the parks surrounding Lake Merritt offer everything from children’s rides to bonsai gardens.

Oakland is an easy day trip from its large neighbor to the west, San Francisco, as the two cities are connected by the BART rapid transit system. The next time you’re in the Bay Area, make some time to explore the beauty of the East Bay – in the meantime, enjoy this photo tour of Oakland.

Lake Merritt (Image: chucka_nc used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Lake Merritt (Image: chucka_nc used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Paramount Theater (Image: BWChicago)
Paramount Theater (Image: BWChicago)
Oakland Museum of California (Image: PunkToad)
Oakland Museum of California (Image: PunkToad)
Cheemah Monument at Jack London Square (Image: Sitearm used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Cheemah Monument at Jack London Square (Image: Sitearm used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
16th Street Station (Image: NeitherFanboy)
16th Street Station (Image: NeitherFanboy)
Joaquin Miller Park (Image: Nathan Jongewaard)
Joaquin Miller Park (Image: Nathan Jongewaard)
Bay Bridge (Image: vpvasquez8)
Bay Bridge (Image: vpvasquez8)
Kaiser Garden (Image: estro used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Kaiser Garden (Image: estro used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Bread at the Grand Lake Farmer's Market (Image: yummyporky)
Bread at the Grand Lake Farmer’s Market (Image: yummyporky)
The Pier at Lake Chalet (Image: Laura Brunow Miner)
The Pier at Lake Chalet (Image: Laura Brunow Miner)

 
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Photo tour of Oakland, California was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.