Oakland, which can be found on the Eastern side of the San Francisco Bay is often referred to as “The Other City by the Bay.” It’s a mild corner of California that is more famous for its cultural offerings than its weather. It’s a destination that can give you the opportunity to see a slightly different aspect of American life due to a diverse population that hasn’t completely risen past the stigma of lawlessness that dogged the city for many years.
There are now some very affluent and safe neighbourhoods within Oakland and it’s on the top of the travel list for many people who want get a flavour of the cultural underbelly of the United States.
Oakland is one of the most diverse cities in America, both ethnically and linguistically. More than 100 different languages and dialects are spoken in Oakland and the restaurants in the area reflect this variety. The entertainment venues and the shops also provide options to suit almost any visitor. Some of the more well-known attractions include the Chabot Space and Science Center, X Lake Merrit, China Town as well as Jack London Waterfront which is the focal point for outdoor markets, restaurants, hotels and clubs. There is also the Oakland Zoo, the Oakland Museum of California and the Western Aerospace Museum which are all worth a visit.
Another reason to visit Oakland is to watch and take part in some of their international cultural events. There is an international film showcase as well annual Greek, Chinese and Mexican festivals.
Along with these fashionable attractions, Oakland is also a hotspot for sports fans. It has famous teams in all of the big American sports. You could book yourself tickets for the Oakland Athletics baseball team, made famous by the book and movie ‘Moneyball’, The Oakland Raiders American football team or the Golden State Warriors and Orlando Slammers basketball sides. Their home games attract big crowds, so you may want to try and get tickets before you travel.
For an alternative to the standard American travel hotspots, why not take a closer look at Oakland.
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