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Oakland Travel Guide

One of the Bay Area’s three large cities, Oakland is a fascinating blend of cultures, history, and off the beaten track adventures. Most visitors to the Bay Area prefer San Francisco and Oakland has long-suffered with the reputation as the high-crime city just across the bridge. That reputation is slowly shifting towards a reputation as a cool alternative to stuffy and pricey San Francisco.

Things to Do in Oakland

Check out Angel Island for excellent hiking and camping out on the Bay. Jack London Square (the famous author was an Oakland native) offers shopping along the waterfront. Lake Merritt is another central area bustling with activity and packed with great restaurant options. Hikes up in the Oakland Hills are also highly recommended.

Best Places to Stay in Oakland

The best places to stay are the Lake Merritt neighborhood for easy access to downtown and the rest of the city, Temescal for cool shops and food and the Oakland Hills for a more relaxed vibe and incredible views of the Bay.

Best Time to Visit Oakland

The best time to visit Oakland is in the late spring, summer and fall when the temperatures hover in the low 70’s and rain is a non-factor.

Price and Availability Index in Oakland

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The most expensive month to stay in a vacation rental in Oakland is in October, while the cheapest month is in March. The most popular time to book a vacation rental in Oakland is in the high season in July. Oakland has its low season in December, when less people are visiting and the vacation home occupancy rate drops.

The cheapest day to stay at a vacation rental in Oakland tends to be Monday, while the most expensive day tends to be Saturday. Vacation homes in Oakland tend to be busiest on Saturdays, while it tends to be much quieter on Mondays.

The weather in Oakland

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This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Oakland. The hottest month in Oakland is April, when temperatures peak at 105 ˚F. The coolest month is February, when temperatures drop to 34 ˚F. The wettest month in Oakland is January with 10.14 inches of rain, while the driest month is September with 0.07 inches of rain.

Vacation Rentals in Oakland

At AllTheRooms.com we have accommodations from all of your favourite providers - Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway and more. Oakland has 1640 hotels, vacation rentals and other unique places to stay, with prices to suit budget travelers, luxury travelers and everything in between. For those trying to keep costs down, the lowest priced place to stay in Oakland comes in at $10 per night. On average, a place to stay in Oakland will cost you $163 per night.

If you need an internet connection during your stay in Oakland, then you can choose from over 1314 places to stay that provide WiFi internet. We have 92 accommodations that come with a breakfast included. You can keep up with your workout regime by staying at one of 59 accommodations that provide gym facilities. If you're planning on arriving in Oakland by car, be sure to choose from 1003 accommodations that provide parking. 30 hotels and vacation rentals have a pool or jacuzzi.

AllTheRooms has 184 pet-friendly places to stay in Oakland, so if you're travelling with your cat or dog you won't have any trouble.

In Oakland AllTheRooms currently aggregates hotels, vacation rentals, hostels from more than 6 providers, including 1263 places to stay from Airbnb, 11 accommodations from VRBO and 11 places to stay from Homeaway.

1293 of our places to stay in Oakland have been rated by previous guests. They rated 75% as excellent or good. 248 accommodations allow instant booking.

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