- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Oakland is a major West Coast port city in the U.S. state of California. Oakland is the third largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth-largest city in California, and the 45th-largest city in the U.S. with a population of 413,775 as of 2014.
It serves as a trade center for the San Francisco Bay Area; its Port of Oakland is the busiest port for San Francisco Bay, all of Northern California, and fifth busiest in the United States. Incorporated in 1852, Oakland is the county seat of Alameda County. It is also the principal city of the Bay Area Region known as the East Bay. The city is situated directly across the bay, six miles (9.7 km) east of San Francisco.
Here are the top must-do or must-see picks in Oakland and the East Bay
- Lake Merritt is known as the Jewel of Oakland, and for good reason. It’s a beautiful lake located right in the downtown area.
- Oakland and the East Bay have an amazing wealth of beautiful parks. Of these, Tilden Regional Park is perhaps the best-known.
- If there’s one thing the East Bay can do well, it’s food. If you’re looking for fine dining, you have some great options including the world-renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley and the extraordinary BayWolf Restaurant in Oakland.
- Oakland and Berkeley have some amazing museums.
- Jack London Square isn’t just for tourists anymore. It’s becoming a vibrant area with new shops and restaurants popping up all the time. Even if you don’t intend to shop or eat, this is a fun place to visit just to admire the ships or sit and people-watch.
- Even if you aren’t a current, former, or prospective student, UC Berkeley is a lot of fun to explore.