Oakland, having suffered every mid-20th-century ailment, has slowly come back to life. It has always been an important African American cultural center, with music, literature and art flowing through the city’s tough veins. Oakland, with less than half San Francisco’s population, has more urban grit and moxie than its bigger neighbor. It also has a lovely old downtown, with many architectural gems surviving from the early 20th century, and a sweet little saltwater lake in the heart of town. It is a city of neighborhood joints, local groceries, small clusters of clubs and restaurants.
Oakland destination guides
Hunting the best pizza in America
There are two types of food in the world: Italian food and the rest.
San Francisco Chinatown Ghost Walking Tour
Are you fascinated by ghosts? Join this evening walking tour and let the local guides bring to life the tales of San Francisco Chinatown's supernatural past and present, as you're lead you on a ghostly tour of Chinatown's historic and mysterious streets and alleyways.
San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour
Uncover the secrets of San Francisco's Chinatown district on this fascinating walking tour.
Celebrity travel: if you can't be a star, join them
Now that you can fly to Iceland on the Iron Maiden plane (check out our recent Q&A with the plane’s captain, Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson), we thought we'd acknowledge a few other ways you can travel 'with the stars' – by going to their own shops, restaurants or private islands.