Oakland Tourism, California

Visit Oakland - Best of Oakland

Surrounded by everything blue and green, Oakland is the epicentre of all that’s fun and exciting. Bursting with activities, events, art and enthusiasm, this city has long left the reputation that it was so infamous for.

The city is busy with events and activities. The First Fridays will amaze you with talent in art, music and dance, and entice you with delicious food from the pop-up restaurants. Proud of its history and progress, Oakland gives you a chance to live it through its museums, and structures.

The San Francisco- Oakland Bay is grand, and a ferry ride across it will be a treat you deserve.

Although many events like the Pedalfest and the Art and Soul Oakland Festival are in the summers, which is the peak season, a trip in the fall will be as enjoyable if not more. Away from the busy city, you can find solace in the arms of nature. Sailing on the Lake Merritt and hiking along the trails of the Joaquin Miller Park or the Redwood Regional Park, enjoying the view and connecting with the earth is a surreal experience. 

Back into the city, the Oracle Arena, Chabot Space and Science centre and Oakland Aviation Museum and many more are worth a visit. The range of cuisines to feast on may be confusing, but only because you’ll want to try everything. The best thing to do in Oakland with family and children would be a visit to the Children’s Fairyland, which is a delight to the entire family.

The connectivity within the city is very convenient. Commuting to the best tourist attractions spread across the city is not only easy, but also fun. Hostels and hotels, budget and luxury, the options here are endless perfect for all, bag packers, families and solo travellers too.

A conducive weather any time that you may choose to go, will ensure your delight.

Experience Oakland, a place that will always give you exactly what you want.

Oakland Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Oakland tips for your visit

General Info:

  • Time zone: UTC-08:00
  • Currency: USD
  • Electricity and Internet: 110 Volts. Free wi-fi hotspots are available in almost all public places, and all hotels.
  • Languages: English
  • Security: Dial 911 in case of an emergency, and 311 if it is a non-emergency.

Tipping:

  • Airport shuttle, Hotel doorman, Baggage handlers, Bell staff: Anywhere between USD 1 to USD 3.
  • Cab drivers: It is expected that you tip them, so please keep a few dollars at hand.
  • Restaurants: Tipping is mandatory. It ranges from 15% to 20% of the billed amount, usually 18% is tipped.
  • Smoking is prohibited by the state law in all closed public places including, bars, restaurants, offices and public buildings.
  • Off-beaten path: One can catch a concert at the Paramount Theatre.

Tourist Traps:

  • Be careful while exploring the city on foot and when it’s dark, it is best to avoid areas with scarce crowd.
  • Be careful while hiking and check for ticks. 

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Facts and Stats for Oakland*

  • Pollution Statistics in Oakland

    Know the pollution level of Oakland before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 20.31 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 31.67 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 48.33 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 53.13 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 34.38 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 28.13 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 28.13 (Low)
  • Oakland: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Oakland for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Oakland.

    • Burglary and Theft 66.25 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 68.13 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 72.5 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 48.75 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 63.13 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 71.88 (High)
    • Attacks 60.81 (High)
    • Drug offense 78.13 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 48.75 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 18.13 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 58.75 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 76.92 (High)
  • Living in Oakland - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Oakland is 172.03 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 34.09 (Low)
    • Climate Index 96.5 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 31.95 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 30.5 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 82.92 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 77.56 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 7.62 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 110.62 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Oakland

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Oakland

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 12.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.09 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80.56 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 54 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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