Located in the heart of the Bay area, Oakland is to San Francisco what Brooklyn is to Manhattan, a more cost effective and diverse alternative to San Francisco, complete with a sunnier climate! Oakland's cosmopolitan city is made up of a patchwork of interesting and self-sufficient neighbourhoods, where chickens are raised in back gardens and community allotments are in abundance. Visitors can find a little of everything in this diverse metropolis - Oakland is both historic and modern, vibrant and calm, trendy and traditional. From the scenic waterfront, to the sweeping hill views, Oakland was just built for exploring!
The profusion of wide open spaces and outdoor activities mean there’s plenty of room for kicking back on Oakland holidays, from hiking and biking to alfresco dining in Jack London Square! And if outdoor adventures are not your thing, there are lots of bustling districts to discover, each with their own thriving arts and culinary scene. From restored Victorian buildings and upscale boutiques in Rockridge, to hanging with the hipsters in Telegraph Avenue's cafés and bars. One of the best things about the Bay Area is the rapid transport system, meaning you can be enjoying breakfast in Oakland one minute and walking the streets of San Francisco 15 minutes later! And the new British Airways direct flights starting in March 2017 means that you can be there even quicker - California’s west coast has never been more accessible!
Our Oakland top holiday pick
There’s more to see in the Bay Area than just the City on the Bay. This suggested fly drive itinerary takes you to Oakland, home to the University of California, Tom Hanks and some of America’s finest tacos. Take in the famous wine growing areas to the north and the coastal region of San Mateo, just across the Oakland Bay Bridge, on our Oakland and the Bay Area fly-drive holiday >>
Blogger Profile - Gemma Walsh
Gemma joined My America Holiday in February 2016 after taking a a year out to travel the world. Music is a huge passion of hers and you can often find her following different music events across the globe. Her American dream would be to hire a motorhome and drive to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada to attend Burning Man festival.