Oakland remains a diverse mosaic of urban delights as it celebrates its 170th anniversary


Changing perceptions one visitor at a time

Oakland, California – Even for the fleeting visitor, it’s nearly impossible to ignore the passion and pride that Oaklanders have for their beloved city of approximately 425,000 people. For good reason. Spend some time here and you’ll quickly discover that inside this California city often known for its sharper outlines lies a vital undercurrent of creative energy, determination and cultural delights. Stunning scenic beauty and natural wonders add to the many surprises you will discover in this proud city.

A city of bold contrasts, visitors can craft their own adventure among Oakland’s incredibly diverse range of travel experiences. Start your day with a contemplative morning amid towering redwoods or stroll and bite the waterfront at famous Jack London Square. Spend your day exploring stimulating museums and art galleries or immerse yourself in the frenetic pleasure of the urban bustle. A colorful mosaic of neighborhoods, Oakland’s charm blends in all directions across its 78 square miles. From breathtaking landscapes to urban delights, there is something for everyone. Yes, let’s visit Oakland!

Shopping in Oakland

Things to do in Oakland

Artistic journey

Impossible to miss, massive murals and art installations around Oakland are one of the compelling and colorful clues to the creative happenings and expressive statements being made across the city. Oakland Art Trail captures the spirit with a free, self-guided tour that will leave you speechless. Looking for unique, quality artwork to hang in your business or home, Oakland’s art galleries are sure to inspire you!

Starting points

Tyranny Allen Artwork

SLATE Contemporary
Currently features the work of Tobias Tovera, where the physical, metaphysical, and elemental realms intersect. Surreal and fun experience. SLATE Contemporary is known for its focus on abstract painting and photography. Located at 473 25th Street in Oakland.
» Learn and go to https://www.slatecontemporary.com/

e14 gallery and shop
e14 is about the community. Featuring artists with deep connections and great love for Oakland, they proudly state, “We honor Oakland as an incubator of revolutionary consciousness and the artists featured here capture the spirit of uprising, self-determination and rebellion. culture in their work.
Located at 461 9th Street, learn more at https://www.e14gallery.com/

Tyranny Allen Gallery 461 9th Street Suite C
An unforgettable name, Tyranny Allen is one of Oakland’s self-proclaimed serial entrepreneurs and, during the pandemic, has splashed the local art scene. Demand and success soon followed. Showcasing originals and showcasing works by artists of color, the Tyranny Allen Gallery has become a vehicle to help break down prejudice and open unlikely friendships.

Visit the art galleries to discover the artistic side of Oakland!

Oakland Museums and Zoo

Chabot Space and Science Center

Milky Way at Chabot Science

Time travel is made easy at the Chabot Space & Science Center. Large telescopes let the public gaze up at the skies, and a guided show at the planetarium will have you rethinking your place in the cosmos. It’s all pretty fun! The exhibits offer an eye-opening insight into past and present space travel. Follow science to the family Chabot & Science Center.

OMCA – Oakland Museum of California

the Oakland Museum of California guides you through California’s history while highlighting successes and struggles, many of which persist to this day. A carefully curated and presented museum evokes empathy and compassion more than most. A must visit.

Oakland Zoo

A longtime favorite, the Oakland Zoo brings back wonderful memories from many years ago. This is the perfect time to create new experiences. The Oakland Zoo has made transformational changes since our last visit and it will not disappoint. To find out how the Oakland Zoo rises above, check out our recent article here.

Natural beauty

Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park

Our recent visit to Oakland made us reshape our misperceptions. Bucolic parks, towering redwoods, and quiet getaways were once at odds with our mental view of urban Oakland life. Boasting 1,200 miles of trails and 19 miles of shoreline, Oakland is full of places to calm the mind while reflecting and enjoying the California wilderness. If you’re looking for some of the higher vantage points, the scenery on a clear day is breathtaking. Unexpected zen moments have a way of finding you here.

Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park
The largest remaining natural stand of Coast Redwoods found in the East Bay, Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park boast 40 miles of trails, picnic and camping facilities. Clean and spacious, a wonderful place for family and friends to relax and unwind.

Lake Merritt
The popular urban lake and surrounding neighborhoods allow visitors to shop, dine and be entertained without wasting time. Jog around the lake or glide across the lake in a kayak, Lake Merritt is the perfect place to soak.

We ♥ Oakland

Travel has a nice way of overturning assumptions. Heading to Oakland, we expected an austere big-city vibe. What we discovered was the exact opposite. Gregarious locals, endless smiles, and a transparency we don’t typically associate with many American cities.

This tech-savvy city still retains its creative, vibrant and energetic appeal thanks to the people and cultures who love this place they proudly call home.

Oakland is changing perceptions, one visitor at a time. Yes, let’s visit Oakland!

» Coming up in Part 2: Restaurants, bars and entertainment in Oakland

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