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Oakland is the third largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth-largest city in the state, and the 47th-largest city in the U.S. Incorporated in 1852, Oakland is the county seat of Alameda County. It serves as a major transportation hub and trade center for the entire region and is also the principal city of the Bay Area Region known as the East Bay. The city is situated directly across the bay, six miles (9.7 km) east of San Francisco. Oakland has a Mediterranean climate with an average of 260 sunny days per year. In recent years, Oakland has gained national recognition as a travel destination. In 2012, Oakland was named the top North American city to visit, highlighting its growing number of sophisticated restaurants and bars, top music venues, and increasing nightlife appeal. Oakland also took the No. 16 spot in "America's Coolest Cities," ranked by metrics like entertainment options and recreational opportunities per capita, etc. In 2013, Oakland topped the No. 1 spot in "America's Most Exciting Cities," notably having the most movie theaters, theater companies, and museums per square mile. In "America's Most Hipster Cities," Oakland took the No. 5 spot, cited for luring San Francisco "hippies" into the city.

Living for many years in southern California, we have visited the bay are a few times. It is not as exciting as San Francisco, but still has a lot of things to do. It is also home to the Oakland Athletics. One time we were out there and watched the A’s play the Florida Marlins at their home stadium The Coliseum . It was a good game even though the A’s won, lol. I am an Angels fan so I was hoping to gain a game in the division. It was a close game and it went back and forth a lot. We even won a free ticket for a soda. Not too bad.

Like I said, there is a lot to do in Oakland. Below are some of the fun things we have done or would like to do. Enjoy.

Chabot Space & Science Center Oakland Aviation Museum Oakland Museum of California
African American Museum & Library The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment USS Hornet Museum

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