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Oakland (California)

That is exaggerated Oakland the proletarian counterpart to the academic neighboring town of Berkeley. In terms of urban development, the municipalities merge almost seamlessly. Oakland is 13 m above sea level and has 372,000 inhabitants. The city is with San Francisco about that San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge connected and is only 12 km east of the metropolis on the west bank of the large bay.

Map of Oakland (California)

Districts [edit]

  • Downtown: Chinatown, City Center, Jack London Square / Waterfront, Lakeside Apartments District, Old Oakland, Uptown
  • East Oakland: Brookfield Village, Dimond District, Crestmont, Eastmont, Elmhurst, Fruitvale, Glenview, Grass Valley, Havenscourt, Laurel, Lincoln Heights, Maxwell Park, Melrose, Millsmont, Oak Knoll, Oakmore, Redwood Heights, Ridgemont, San Antonio District, Seminary, Sequoyah Heights, Sheffield Village, Sobrante Park
  • North Oakland: Claremont, Golden Gate, Piedmont Avenue, Pill Hill, Rockridge, Temescal
  • West Oakland: West Oakland

Background [edit]

Origin: Lumberjacks lived here and discovered the large oak forests near the bay and the beautiful redwood near the hills. Very little of these forests still exist today. In 1852 the city was founded by arriving gold diggers and named after the oak trees. Oakland's importance grew in 1869 when it became the terminus of the transcontinental railroad. In the same year, the then mayor had the Merritt salt water lake built in the city center, which bears his name. The construction of the piers and the ship canal confirmed the important role Oakland played as a transportation hub.

Economy: After the devastating earthquake of 1906, which left Oakland relatively unscathed, the city received such an influx of people from San Francisco that the population doubled between 1900 and 1910. In the 1920s, industry gained in importance and larger office buildings were built. The Second World War brought about additional changes: the port was expanded and in the 1950s Oakland was more far-sighted than in San Francisco and converted the port for container freight. Soon San Francisco was overtaken as the largest container port on the west coast. This resulted in more than 1,000 road transport companies setting up their headquarters in Oakland.

Arrival [edit]

By plane

The Oakland International Airport (1 Airport Dr, Oakland, CA 94621) is served by many national and international airlines, includingSouthwest Airlines and JetBlue. There is a private shuttle service (10 to 25 US dollars (= USD = $) to hotels in Oakland and San Francisco as well as public providers (AirBART and the AC transitRoute 50 or 805) to the BART station Oakland Coliseum (which are named immediately next to the similar Capitol Corridor Station from Amtrak).

Other travel options by plane are the international airports San Francisco (SFO) and San Jose (SJC). SFO, which has a BART station, is the cheaper alternative of both. If you land in San Jose, expect an expensive taxi ride or car rental, but you can too Airport Flyer Route 10 to Santa Clara Caltrain Station, then the Caltrain to Millbrae Intermodal Station and then the BART to Oakland (from the SFO and Millbrae stations, the BART offers direct connections to West Oakland and Lake Merritt; if you have other stations in Oakland such as Oakland City Center / 12th Street must change in West Oakland at the latest).

By train

Oakland is served by the regional urban and subway system Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and of long-distance trains of the Amtrak approached. The Bay Area's largest Amtrak train station is in neighboring Emeryville.

The trains of the beard operate from San Francisco, the South Bay Area, Contra Costa County and the north of the Silicon Valley. Prices vary depending on the distance, but a single ticket usually costs $ 2 to $ 4.

The following Amtrak-Lines serve Oakland Station in Jack London Square, which is a 20-minute walk from the city center:

The California Zephyr from Chicago ends at the nearby Emeryville station on lines 19 and 57 of the AC transit and about the Emery-Go-Round shuttle is connected to the Macarthur BART station in the Temescal neighborhood.

By bus

Specific AC Transit Transbay bus routes run from that Transbay Terminal in San Francisco to various locations in Oakland. Some run every 15 minutes. The Transbay night bus (Route 800) serves Market Street and the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond. Further Night routes connect other areas to Oakland once the BART trains close.

Greyhound has a bus terminal conveniently located downtown Oakland on San Pablo Avenue near 20th St. However, the terminal is known in a negative sense - so be careful!

On the street [edit]

Of San Francisco Interstate Highway 80 leads east over the beautiful Bay Bridge, where Highways 580, 880, and 980 join to the east, west and downtown.

Of Marin County, Sonoma County and other counties along the north coast of California take US-101 to Highway 580 and cross the Richmond Bridge. Highway 580 goes straight to Oakland.

Of Monterey, Salinas and the California central coast you have to follow the US-101 to San José and there change to the Interstate Highway 880, which leads directly to Oakland.

Of Tracy, Modesto and the south of the San Joaquin Valley is the scenic Interstate Highway 580, which runs over the Altamont Pass.

When you get out Stockton one can take the Altamont Pass route. As an alternative, you can use State Route 4, which leads through the Contra Costa County to State Route 242 in Concord. Follow this road to Interstate 680, which in turn joins State Route 24 to Oakland at Walnut Creek.

From Contra Costa County State Route 24 leads through the Caldecott Tunnel to northern Oakland.

From the northern East Bay Area, Vallejo, Fairfield, and the Sacramento metropolitan area, Interstate Highway 80 runs west directly to Oakland.

Most of the northern access roads to Oakland run through the wicked Macarthur maze, a spaghetti-like mish-mash of four freeways. In the rush hour from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., the traffic increases significantly, so you should avoid driving on these freeways at these times.

With the ship [edit]

The Alameda-Oakland Ferry departs from both Pier 41 and the Ferry Building in San Francisco. It runs all year round during the week and always on weekends except in winter. The Oakland Arrivals Dock is at the foot of Clay Street in Jack London Square. On summer weekends there are also trips to Angel Island in the middle of the bay, formerly an immigration station.

Mobility [edit]

Oakland walking tour: Jack London Square => Bret Harte Boardwalk => Housewives' Market => Oakland Museum of California

Sights [edit]

Next to the Oakland Museum is the Waterfront interesting for tourists at Jack London Square. There is also

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  • 37.743056-122.1433331,. Tel .: +1 510-632-9523. The award-winning Oakland Zoo in the 525 acre Knowland Park presents over 300 exotic animals, many in their natural habitats. It has a mini train, a Skyride and many other attractions. The zoo is in the Oakland Hills at the Hwy 580 exit Golf Links Rd.Last change: not specified
  • ,. The Dunsmuir House was built by Alexander Dunsmuir who came to the Bay Area in 1878. He was the son of Robert Dunsmuir, a wealthy coal baron from Victoria, British Columbia. Alexander oversaw the family business in San Francisco. The Dunsmuir House was designed by the San Francisco native architect, J. Eugene Freeman and is an example of the Neoclassical revival Architecture. The villa with 37 rooms is a kind of Tiffany cathedral. It contains general rooms paneled from wood, 10 open fireplaces and parquet floors
  • 37.799444-122.2786112. Along the 5th Street between Jefferson Street and Clay Street. Of the writers who lived in Oakland during their youth, the best known are Bret Harte and Jack London. The Bret Harte Boardwalk got its name from the former; last change: not specified
  • 37.794167-122.2755563,. Tel .: +1 510-893-7956. Adjacent to the Jack London's Square at the end of Alice Street lies that Jack London Village with shops, restaurants and a marina. It includes that Jack London Museum, Ebony Art Museum, Restaurants and shops. Last change: not specified
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  • 37.795-122.2777784,. Tel .: +1 866-295-9853. This place at the end of Broadway got its name from the author Jack London. A bust of him stands in the middle of the square. Visitors can shop, dine, and see sights like the floating on San Francisco Bay White House (FDR), the USS Potomac (Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential yacht) and the floating lighthouse Lightship relief consider. Visits Jack of London's House and enjoy a drink at the point where the author is in Heinold's Last Chance Saloon did.The park dedicated to the author is a big crowd puller, like the one nearby Oakland Museum of California, the only museum in the state devoted to the art, history, and science of California. Last change: not specified
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    • 37.795039-122.2777925,. Jack London grew up in Oakland. The museum in Jack London Square has exhibits and artifacts from his life and work. It is in House of Happy Walls housed, which was built from 1919-1926. A lot of the furniture in the house was designed and individually manufactured by Londoners for the house. Open: Mon closed, Tue - Sat 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Sun 11:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Last change: not specified
  • 37.803611-122.1783336,. This center offers visitors science exhibitions, a planetarium and views through a 20-inch refractory telescope. Fully accessible for the disabled. Souvenir shop. Open: Mon closed, Tue - Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The museum is also open Mondays on New Years Day (January 1st), Martin Luther King's Birthday (3rd Monday in January), President's Day (3rd Monday in February), Memorial Day (last Monday in May), American Independance Day (4th Monday in February) July), Labor Day (1st Monday in September). Always closed on: Veteran's Day (November 11th), Thanksgiving (4th Thursday of November), Christmas (December 25th) Price: Admission: Adults $ 8.00, Seniors over 65 $ 5.50, Children 12 and under $ 5.50. Members and children under 4 years free. Admission is free on the first Wednesday of the month. Last change: not specified
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    • 37.802194-122.2628678,. The Camron-Stanford House at the Lake Merritt is a Victorian villa built in 1876. The name comes from two early known residents of the house: the Camrons and the Josiah Stanfords. The first family built the house, the other lived in it the longest. Open: Mon + Tue closed, Wed 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thu - Sat closed, Sun 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Last change: no information
  • 37.810072-122.2006119,. The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension is a copper domed Byzantine church that overlooks the city. Typical visit duration: 1 hour. Open: Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sat + Sun closed, Closed on New Years Day (January 1st), Thanksgiving (4th Thursday in November), Christmas (December 25th). Price: Admission: last change: not specified
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Activities [edit]

  • 37.751389-122.1986112,. Tel .: +1 510-569-2121. This modern facility was renewed in 1996 and is the home of Golden State Warriors (Basketball) that Oakland Raiders (Football) the Oakland Athletics (A's) (Baseball) as well as many entertainment events such as concerts, exhibitions, dog shows and monster truck shows. Last change: not specified
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  • 37.805033-122.25728311,. Located in central Oakland Lake Merritt, a 64 hectare saltwater lake where you can go on boat trips. At the southwest end of Lake Merrit is the Oakland Museum with its large open-air exhibition area. last change: not specified
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    • 37.805925-122.25542812,. At the Lakeside Park The Saltwater and Tidal Lake is located in the middle of Oakland. Boats can be rented and windsurfing or sailing lessons can be taken. You can also walk, jog or bike on the three-mile trail around the lake. Last change: not specified
      • 37.809444-122.26027813,. Tel .: +1 510-238-6876. We recommend a visit to the with children Children's Fairyland at Lakeside Park on the north shore of Lake Merritt. On the 10-acre, scenic area, carousels, children's and mythical stories and puppet shows are great fun for the younger generation. It has miniature buildings based on fairy tales and children's stories. You can see Mother Goose and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or walk through Geppetto's workshop. In the park there is daily fable story in the form of professional puppet performances. There is a carousel, a ferris wheel, a train and live ponies, alpacas, goats and donkeys. Children's Fairyland was the first three-dimensional theme park in America. Open: From November 2 to March 31, closed Mon - Thu, Fri - Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; from April 3rd to June 16th closed Mon + Tue, Wed - Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; from June 17th to September 2nd Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Sat + Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 5 September to 31 October closed Mon + Tue, Wed - Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; always closed on New Years (January 1st), Thanksgiving (4th Thursday in November, Christmas December 25th. Price: Entry costs $ 6.00, parking fees apply. Call for information on special seasonal events. Last change: not specified
      • 37.807997-122.256314,. Gondola Servizio offers 55-minute rides in the authentic Venetian gondolas. Souvenir shop available. Open: Mon - Sun 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Price: Travel costs vary from $ 55-225. Reservation recommended. Last change: not specified
      • 37.805-122.25722215,. Tel .: +1 510-238-3739. In the heart of Oakland, a sparkling blue lake breathes life into the concrete and steel downtown. You can settle down around the many birds that pause here on their migration. Last change: no information
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