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Oakland

Oakland

It's rare for a metropolis to compete with its suburbs for visitors, but the view from any of San Francisco's hilltops shows that the Bay Area's temptations extend far beyond the city limits. To the north is Marin County, the beauty queen, with small but chic villages like Tiburon and Mill Valley, plus dramatic coastal scenery. East of town are two energetic urban centers, Berkeley and Oakland. Formerly radical Berkeley is getting more glam, while Oakland is shaking off its image as San Francisco's ugly stepsister and developing its own brand of hipness. - Copyright © 2014 by Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Jack London Was Here

Grab great views in Jack London Square on the waterfront. On weekends, diners fill the many outdoor patios, and shoppers peruse the Sunday farmers market.

Jack London Was Here

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Into the Woods

Redwood Regional Park is one of the few spots in the Bay Area that escaped 19th-century logging. Enjoy forested picnic spots and hiking trails here.

Into the Woods

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An Art-Deco Movie Palace

Built in 1928, the stunningly renovated Fox Theater now hosts music concerts and houses the Oakland School for the Arts as well as the Den, a gorgeous lounge and eatery.

An Art-Deco Movie Palace

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Sports, Anyone?

The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum hosts a spectrum of sporting events and other entertainment, including concerts, circuses, rodeos and ice shows.

 

Sports, Anyone?

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A Downtown Lake

Joggers charge along the three-mile path that encircles Lake Merritt. On the north shore, you’ll find a children’s park and a waterfowl refuge.

A Downtown Lake

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