Located only a few miles from the San Francisco border, Oakland is one of the most famous sister-cities in California. However close to San Francisco it may be in miles, Oakland is far from the eccentricity of its neighbouring bay city. Oakland is one of the busiest industrial ports on the West Coast and while its working-class personality remains the heartbeat of the city, “Oak-town” welcomes a slew of visitors every year who enjoy taking part in the simpler Californian lifestyle.
Book flights to Oakland during sports season and catch the MLB’s Oakland Athletics or the NFL’s Oakland Raiders in action at the Oakland Coliseum. Outdoorsy travellers will enjoy a sailboat ride along Lake Merritt or a stroll through one of the many outdoor festivals that Oakland puts on every summer. Don’t dismiss Oakland as second-rate city just because it’s neighbouring San Francisco is a mecca for entertainment – Oakland has some of the best shows, theatre, and museums California has to offer.
The Oakland weather is cool to mild throughout the year, with foggy summers and wet winters. Summers in Oakland (between June and September) are cooler than other parts of inland California and winters (December to February) are mild during the day, with temperatures seldom dropping below 10 degrees.
Peak season is normally dictated by school holidays and family travel plans around them. Flights to Oakland are packed in the summer time and most major attractions are full with tourists. Christmas season and the New Year are also peak times to travel to Oakland.
Oakland sees a dip in tourists between September and June when school is in session. However, this is also a good time to book cheap flights to Oakland if you want to avoid crowds.
You can get to and from San Francisco to Oakland on the city’s BART system. It has one of the longest underwater transit tunnels in the world, taking you under the bay to San Francisco city. Fares are reasonable and children at the age of four and under ride for free. The trains run all week long, but times vary on the weekends, so check one of the schedules posted around the city.