Oakland is a major city located in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, in the United States. This West Coast city is the busiest port in the Bay Area and all of Northern California. Oakland is the eighth-largest city in the state. It is the governmental seat for Alameda County, serving as a major transportation hub and trade center for the region. Oakland is 6 miles directly east across the bay from San Francisco.
Oakland’s economy is based on its prominent status as a West Coast port, and its proximity to the Oakland International Airport. There are many corporations and government institutions with office space or other facilities in Oakland, including Matson, Kaiser Permanente, Clorox, Dreyer’s, Cost Plus World Markets, Ask.com, Pandora Radio, the Internal Revenue Service, Wells Fargo, Safeway, and Albertson’s.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Oakland offers many things to see and do, including Lake Merritt, a large estuary that was designated the United States’ first official wildlife refuge. Jack London Square is a popular tourist destination on the Oakland waterfront that features stores, restaurants, hotels, an Amtrak station, Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon, a San Francisco Bay Ferry dock, the cabin that Jack London lived in the Klondike, and a movie theater. Popular dining options in Oakland include Jack London Square, Ichiro, Zachary’s Chicago Pizza, Genova Delicatessen, Plum Restaurant, Luka’s Taproom & Lounge, and Taqueria Sinaloa.
The nearest major airport is Oakland International Airport. This airport operates international and domestic flights and is within 10 miles of the city center. Another important airport in the area is San Francisco International Airport, which is within 23 miles of Oakland. Additionally San Jose International Airport is within 40 miles of the city, meaning those looking to fly are well catered to. Oakland public transportation is provided by bus, shuttle, Amtrak, and BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit). This is also a popular bicycle community.