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Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County,
California, United States. It is a major port city on the country’s West
Coast and is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco
Bay Area. The city derives its name from the abundant oak trees here.
Oakland has come a long way from being a quaint manufacturing city and now
flaunts an extensive market of handcrafted artisanal products. The city
also wows those who prefer street food, street fairs and traditional summer
festivals with a dash of loud music and Hip-Hop dance.
Things to do in Oakland
Jack London Square
The Jack London Square is a scenic public square set along a backdrop of
the Oakland estuary in Oakland. A cool maritime place to relax, it is
located near the former residence famous American author Jack London. The
square’s centre is hallmarked by Jack London's log cabin that tell how he
was able to survive during a wilderness expedition in Alaska. Also, of note
is Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential yacht Potomac that is docked near
the square and offers guided tours.
The Oakland Museum is the mirror image of the profound historical and
cultural identity of California. Visitors are wowed with its theme-based
exhibits and permanent collections about California’s natural sciences,
arts, and history. A star highlight here is an event called ‘The Friday
Nights @ OMCA’ that features reduced ticket prices, a DJ or live band,
dance lessons, games, and family art activities at certain times of the
Lake Merritt is a popular parkland featuring picture-perfect scenery and a
tree-lined shores in Oakland. It first appeared on the world map in 19 th century when several Victorian mansions alongside it, though
that glory is now only afforded by the Camron-Stanford House, the last of
them all. It is best to take an Italian gondola ride across Lake Merritt to
feel as if you are in Venice.
Best Time to Visit Oakland
Summer season (the months from June to August) are the best to book your
flights from Houston to Oakland. Book your flights from HOU to OAK during
summer season because this time of the year comes with maximum daylight
that can be translated to visit all the attractions in the city. It is
advised to book Oakland flights in advance to avoid paying more during peak