Oakland

Oakland


The large industrial port in Northern California, Oakland is 10 miles east of San Francisco. In spite of former resident Gertrude Stein’s assertion that “there is no there there,” Oakland has a lot to recommend it and determined to prove that, a statue was erected to “There” in Oakland’s downtown square at 13th and Broadway. Besides connecting San Francisco with Contra Costa and Alameda counties, the Oakland Bay Bridge is older by one year than its more glamorous cousin, the Golden Gate. The two-level Bay Bridge carries 270,000 vehicles every day and has a span of 8.4 miles, one of the longest in the world. Ferry service makes it easy to reach Oakland from Pier 39, the Ferry Building and AT&T Park.

A popular tourist attraction is Lake Merritt, an enclosed saltwater tidal lake with boating, tour boats, gondola rides, jogging paths, garden center, and wildlife sanctuary. Jack London Square is the popular waterfront shopping center along with Jack London Village. A statue of the famous author, who once worked on the former docks, stands in the square. Oakland has a zoo, an outstanding museum (Oakland Museum of California) and the USS Potomac, formerly President Franklin Roosevelt’s floating White House, berthed at 540 Jack London Square.

Be sure to try Fenton’s Creamery at 4226 Piedmont Avenue. The portions are huge and the toppings are extravagant.





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