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Oakland is the eighth largest city in California and it lies on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay, nestled against the scenic Berkeley Hills. To the north is the city of Berkeley and to the west, across the Bay Bridge, is the city of San Francisco. The population of Oakland is approximately 415,000. Downtown Oakland is a vibrant mix of shopping, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. It is also home to the "Oakland Art Murmur," a weekly event in the Uptown region that occurs the first Friday of every month and features art openings from various galleries. There are several geographical distinctions in the city of Oakland - downtown Oakland, East Oakland, North Oakland and West Oakland. Of these, East Oakland actually encompasses more than half of the citys area. There is also a distinction between "the hills" and "the flatlands." The "hills" generally refers to the more upscale neighborhoods on the northeast side of the city, while "the flatlands" are historically more working-class neighborhoods (located closer to the San Francisco Bay.) Oakland is home to historic Jack London Square, a colorful waterfront area filled with shops, restaurants, hotels, outdoor markets and other entertainment. Lake Merritt/Lakeside Park, in Oakland, is one of the largest saltwater lakes in the country and offers 122 acres with formal gardens and a childrens museum, hiking, sailing, windsurfing and much more. Other attractions in Oakland include the Chabot Space and Science Center, Chinatown, the Lost Canyon Winery and the Oakland Zoo.

Surrounding areas: Alameda, California (3.1 mi), Berkeley, California (4.7 mi), San Francisco, California (9.7 mi), Point Richmond, California (9.8 mi), Lafayette, California (10.1 mi), Tiburon, California (12.3 mi), Daly City, California (12.5 mi)

Oakland Vacation Rentals

Oakland Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Airport Inn & Suites Oakland170 Hegenberger RdOakland, CA (510) 633-0500
Best Western Inn At The Square233 BroadwayOakland, CA (800) 633-5973
Best Western Park Plaza Hotel150 Hegenberger RdOakland, CA (510) 635-5300
Clarion Hotel Oakland Airport500 Hegenberger RdOakland, CA (510) 562-5311
Courtyard By Marriott Oakland Airport350 Hegenberger RdOakland, CA (800) 321-2211
Courtyard By Marriott Oakland Downtown988 BroadwayOakland, CA (800) 321-2211
Days Inn Oakland Airport8350 Edes AveOakland, CA (510) 568-1880
Executive Inn Embarcadero Cove1755 EmbarcaderoOakland, CA (510) 536-6633
Fairfield Inn By Marriott8452 Edes AveOakland, CA (510) 568-1500
Holiday Inn Express66 Airport Access RdOakland, CA (510) 569-4400
Homewood Suites By Hilton1103 EmbarcaderoOakland, CA (510) 663-2700
La Quinta Oakland Airport/Coliseum8465 Enterprise WayOakland, CA (510) 632-8900
Lakeside Motel122 E 12TH StOakland, CA (510) 444-4949
Motel 6 #10158480 Edes AveOakland, CA (510) 638-1180
Motel 6 #10801801 EmbarcaderoOakland, CA (510) 436-0103
Oakland Airport Hilton Hotel1 Hegenberger RdOakland, CA (510) 635-5000
Oakland Marriott City CTR1001 BroadwayOakland, CA (510) 451-4000
Oakworld Worldwide500 Cyn Oaks DrOakland, CA (800) 400-3636
Quality Inn8471 Enterprise WayOakland, CA (510) 562-4888
Washington Inn495 10TH StOakland, CA (510) 452-1776
Waterfront Plaza Hotel10 Washington StOakland, CA (510) 836-3800
Extended Stay America Oakland Alameda1350 Marina Village PkwyAlameda, CA1.2 mi.(510) 864-1333
Extended Stay America Oakland Emeryville3650 Mandela PkwyEmeryville, CA1.6 mi.(510) 923-1481
Days Inn-alameda/oakland1925 Webster StAlameda, CA1.8 mi.(510) 521-8400
Hawthorn Suites LTD - Oakland/Alameda1628 Webster StAlameda, CA2.0 mi.(510) 522-1000
Hotel Griffon155 Stuart StSan Francisco, CA2.1 mi.(415) 495-2100
Courtyard By Marriott5555 Shellmound StEmeryville, CA2.6 mi.(510) 652-8777
Four Points Hotel By Sheraton SF Bay Bridge1603 Powell StEmeryville, CA2.7 mi.(510) 547-7888
Woodfin Suite Hotel San Francisco Bay Bridge5800 Shellmound StEmeryville, CA2.7 mi.(888) 433-9042
Holiday Inn San Francisco1800 Powell StEmeryville, CA2.8 mi.(510) 658-9300
Marina Village Inn1151 Pacific MarinaAlameda, CA3.1 mi.(510) 523-9450
Suiteamerica At Emery Bay Club And Apartments6400 Christie AveEmeryville, CA3.1 mi.(510) 658-5589
Coral Reef Inn & Suites400 Park StAlameda, CA3.6 mi.(510) 521-2330
Rose Garden Inn2740 Telegraph AveBerkeley, CA3.9 mi.(510) 549-2145
Claremont Resort And Spa41 Tunnel RdBerkeley, CA4.0 mi.(510) 843-3000
Hotel Durant2600 Durant AveBerkeley, CA4.5 mi.(510) 845-8981
Berkeley Travelodge1820 University AveBerkeley, CA4.6 mi.(310) 843-4262
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1175 University AveBerkeley, CA4.6 mi.(510) 548-1700
Rodeway Inn1461 University AveBerkeley, CA4.6 mi.(510) 848-3840
Ramada Inn920 University AveBerkeley, CA4.7 mi.(510) 849-1121
Bed & Breakfast
Seraph Inn1409 Sutter StSan Francisco, CA8.5 mi.(415) 819-2380
Chateau Tivoli Bed & Breakfast1057 Steiner StSan Francisco, CA9.1 mi.(415) 776-5462
Bock's Bed And Breakfast1448 Willard StSan Francisco, CA10.4 mi.(415) 664-6842
Cypress Inn On Miramar Beach407 Mirada RdHalf Moon Bay, CA23.8 mi.(650) 726-6002

Oakland Weather & Climate

Mark Twain once said, "the coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." While this might be a slight exaggeration, the climate in the San Francisco Bay Area is mild year round with cool evenings - even in the summertime. Cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean help moderate the summer heat and marine influences keep winters very mild. The San Francisco Bay Area is known for its fog, especially in the summertime. This occurs when warm air masses flow across a cooler ocean and the moisture in the air condenses and forms fog. The rainy season in northern California runs November through March, with no measurable precipitation in the summertime. Spring and fall are generally the sunniest, and warmest, seasons in the Bay area.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 57°F 44°F 4.85 in. 54°F
February 61°F 47°F 4.27 in. 55°F
March 63°F 49°F 3.56 in. 55°F
April 66°F 50°F 1.38 in. 56°F
May 68°F 53°F 0.57 in. 56°F
June 71°F 55°F 0.11 in. 57°F
July 72°F 57°F 0.07 in. 59°F
August 73°F 58°F 0.10 in. 62°F
September 74°F 58°F 0.33 in. 61°F
October 72°F 55°F 1.33 in. 60°F
November 63°F 49°F 3.14 in. 58°F
December 57°F 44°F 3.23 in. 55°F

Oakland Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Metropolitan Oakland International airport (OAK) located about 6 miles south of Oakland, the Hayward Executive airport (HWD) located approximately 12 miles southeast of Oakland in Hayward, California, the San Francisco International airport (SFO) located roughly 14 miles southwest of Oakland in San Francisco, California, and finally Buchanan Field (CCR) located around 17 miles northeast of Oakland in Concord, California.

Oakland Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Oakland ZooOaklandCA 
Pixieland ParkConcordCA17.7 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA20.7 mi.
TraintownSonomaCA35.2 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA35.6 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA58.9 mi.
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA58.9 mi.
J's Amusement ParkGuernevilleCA62.3 mi.
Bonfante GardensGilroyCA67.3 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA68.3 mi.
Water Parks
Waterworld USAConcordCA17.7 mi.
Raging WatersSan JoseCA38.2 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA68.3 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA83.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Lake Chabot Municipal Golf CourseOaklandCA 
Metropolitan Golf LinksOaklandCA 
Montclair Golf CourseOaklandCA 
Chuck Corica Golf ComplexAlamedaCA3.1 mi.
Tilden Park Golf CourseBerkeleyCA6.0 mi.
Monarch Bay Golf ClubSan LeandroCA8.8 mi.
Gleneagles Golf ClubSan FranciscoCA9.7 mi.
Harding Park Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA9.7 mi.
Lincoln Park Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA9.7 mi.
Presidio Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA9.7 mi.
Willow Park Golf CourseCastro ValleyCA11.6 mi.
Skywest Golf CourseHaywardCA12.4 mi.
Golden Gate Park Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA13.0 mi.
Cypress Golf CourseColmaCA13.5 mi.
Franklin Canyon Golf CourseRodeoCA14.2 mi.
Diablo Hills Golf CourseWalnut CreekCA14.4 mi.
Mill Valley Golf CourseMill ValleyCA16.3 mi.
Bridges at Gale RanchSan RamonCA16.4 mi.
Canyon Lakes Country ClubSan RamonCA16.4 mi.
San Ramon Royal Vista Golf CourseSan RamonCA16.4 mi.
Boundary Oak Golf CourseWalnut CreekCA16.8 mi.
Poplar Creek Golf CourseSan MateoCA16.9 mi.
Sharp Park Golf CoursePacificaCA17.3 mi.
Buchanan Fields Golf CourseConcordCA17.4 mi.
Mariners Point Golf Links & Practice CenterFoster CityCA17.6 mi.
Crystal Springs Golf CourseBurlingameCA18.1 mi.
McInnis Park Golf CenterSan RafaelCA18.4 mi.
Peacock Gap Country ClubSan RafaelCA18.4 mi.
Diablo Creek Golf CourseConcordCA19.9 mi.
Dublin Ranch Golf ClubDublinCA19.9 mi.
State Parks
Angel Island State ParkCA9.6 mi. 
Baker Beach State ParkCA11.5 mi. 
James D Phelan Beach State ParkCA12.2 mi. 
San Bruno Mountain State ParkCA12.3 mi. 
Marin Headlands State ParkCA12.6 mi. 
Thornton Beach State ParkCA14.4 mi. 
Robert E Woolley State ParkCA15.3 mi. 
Mills Estate ParkCA16.9 mi. 
Beach State ParkCA17.0 mi. 
Mount Tamalpais State ParkCA18.7 mi. 
Mount Diablo State ParkCA18.9 mi. 
McNee Ranch State ParkCA21.3 mi. 
Burleigh Murray Ranch State ParkCA25.2 mi. 
Samuel P Taylor State ParkCA28.7 mi. 
Portola State ParkCA38.5 mi. 
Tomales Bay State ParkCA39.8 mi. 
Loghry State ParkCA40.0 mi. 
Oakland Museum of CaliforniaOaklandCA(Multidisciplinary)
Guide to San Francisco Bay Area CreeksOaklandCA(Science)
Western Aerospace MuseumOaklandCA(Technology)
USS Hornet MuseumAlamedaCA3.1 mi.(History)
Museum of WomanAlamedaCA3.1 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Jewish-American Hall of Fame (Division of Magnes Museum)BerkeleyCA4.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Judah L. Magnes MuseumBerkeleyCA4.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Lawrence Hall of ScienceBerkeleyCA4.7 mi.(Science)
Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film ArchiveBerkeleyCA4.7 mi.(Art)
Museum of the City of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCA8.4 mi.(History)
San Francisco Maritime National Historical ParkSan FranciscoCA8.4 mi.(History)
Fine Arts Museums of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCA8.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
California Academy of SciencesSan FranciscoCA8.4 mi.(Science)
ExploratoriumSan FranciscoCA8.4 mi.(Science)
Weaving Art Museum and Research InstituteSan FranciscoCA8.4 mi.(Technology)
Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsSan FranciscoCA8.4 mi.(Art)
ZEUMSan FranciscoCA8.4 mi.(Children's)
Bay Area Discovery MuseumSausalitoCA12.3 mi.(Children's)
Lindsay Wildlife MuseumWalnut CreekCA13.3 mi.(Science)
Sun GalleryHaywardCA14.0 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA 
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA8.4 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA8.4 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA20.7 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA38.2 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA58.9 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA68.3 mi.
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA85.7 mi.

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