Just across the bay from San Francisco, Oakland has its own personality, with sports, arts, history and great places to relax.

There’s so much to do in Oakland, outdoors or indoors. Ride a ferry or sailboat on San Francisco Bay or explore Lake Merritt by kayak. You can even take a romantic Venetian gondola cruise. Saloons where Jack London (novelist of White Fang fame) found early inspiration now serve craft beer and great local wine; this is California, after all. Take a selfie with the giant trees in Redwood Regional Park then go to a huge arena to see the Oakland Athletics baseball and Raiders football.