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Experience one of the world's most popular destinations. Both sides of the San Francisco Bay have so much to do and enjoy!.

Both sides of the San Francisco Bay have so much to do and enjoy!

Located just 5 minutes from Downtown Oakland's Historic and Business District, Convention Center, Chinatown and famed Jack London Square restaurant and entertainment venues, The BEST WESTERN PLUS Bayside Hotel Oakland is your ideal lodging choice in the Bay Area. The Bayside Hotel Oakland offers a central waterfront location ideally situated close to Oakland’s corporate and government centers, Alameda’s technology parks, the Port of Oakland, Oakland International Airport and the area’s convention centers. Oakland’s proximity to San Francisco, Wine Country and Silicon Valley make it an ideal location for business and leisure travelers.

Oakland's landscape is a picturesque mix of lovely hillside neighborhoods exciting and diverse architecture a bustling waterfront two shimmering lakes 19 miles of shoreline along the San Francisco Bay unparalleled Bay views and more parks and open space per capita than any other city in the Bay Area. Everyone loves the outstanding year round vacation weather.

Famous for scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities and world-class cuisine, San Francisco’s landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, Chinatown, Union Square, North Beach, the Castro district and Mission Dolores. The much-celebrated fog creates a romantic mood in this most European of American cities.

Catch a ride on the Bayside Hotel Oakland's shuttle to Jack London Square (1.4 mi) for great shopping and dining. You can also catch the ferry there for a hop across the bay to San Francisco and avoid all the parking hassle and expense.

Oakland & San Francisco Bay Area Things-To-Do

Your Guide to Year-Round San Francisco Bay Area Things to Do!

Oakland & San Francisco Bay Area Things-To-Do

There is no better choice if you are looking for hotels near Jack London Square or hotels near Oakland International Airport.The BEST WESTERN PLUS Bayside Hotel Oakland offers a central waterfront location ideally situated close to Oakland’s corporate and government centers, Alameda’s technology parks, the Port of Oakland, Oakland International Airport and the area’s convention centers. Oakland’s proximity to San Francisco, Wine Country and Silicon Valley make it an ideal location for business and leisure travelers.

Getting Around the Bay Area

Our courtesy shuttle is available from 6:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. and takes guests to all Downtown and Jack London Square attractions, including the Oakland Museum, Lake Merritt and the Paramount Theatre. The shuttle also takes guests to the Lake Merritt BART Station or Jack London Ferry Terminal with regular service to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf or Union Square.

Rental Car Information: If you prefer to rent your own vehicle, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, picks up guests at our hotel. Or, for a special experience - rent a limousine for your group to experience San Francisco or the Wine Country.

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Aquarium of the Bay

View the underwater world of the San Francisco Bay

Website   •  13.4 mi
The Embarcadero at Beach St, San Francisco     415/623-5333

The Aquarium of the Bay is a public aquarium located at Embarcadero and Beach Street, at the edge of Pier 39 in San Francisco. The Aquarium focuses on local aquatic animals from the San Francisco Bay and neighboring waters.. A moving footpath will take you through clear acrylic tunnels, where you can view sharks, stingrays, and varied marine life living in the one-million gallon aquarium.

AT&T Park

The Aquarium has over 50 sharks from species such as sevengill sharks, leopard sharks, soupfins, spiny dogfish, brown smoothhounds and angel sharks. The Aquarium also has skates, bat rays and thousands of other animals including eels, flatfish, rockfish, Wrasse, Gobies, Kelpfish, Pricklebacks, Ronquil, Sculpin and Sturgeons.

The Aquarium is divided into three parts:

Discover the Bay: This exhibit has a variety of satellite tanks containing animals such as moray eels, Bay Pipefish (the father pipefish gives birth to their young), garibaldi (the California state marine fish), and more.

Under the Bay: This is the aquarium's largest exhibit. It includes 300 feet (91 m) of tunnels and features thousands of aquatic animals and other sea creatures. The exhibit is a recreation of the San Francisco Bay.

Touch the Bay: This exhibit lets visitors touch several types of animals including bat rays, skates, leopard sharks, sea stars, and sea cucumbers.

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Alcatraz Island

Visit "The Rock" in San Francisco Bay

Alcatraz   •  14.8 mi (to the ferry)
LOCATION: 41 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94133     415-705-5555

Alcatraz Island is located 1.5 miles from Fisherman's Wharf. It is the site of the first lighthouse in the Western U.S., and was a penitentiary from 1934-1963. It is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and offers tours of the prison and views of the lighthouse. It is a good place to view gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and wonderful views of the bay.

Alcatraz Island

Often referred to as "The Rock," the small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison (1868), and a federal prison from 1933 until 1963. Beginning in November 1969, the island was occupied for more than 19 months by a group of Native Americans from San Francisco who were part of a national wave of Native American protests through the 1970s. In 1972 Alcatraz became a national recreation area and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Today, the island's facilities are managed by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area; it is open to tours. Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Pier 33, near Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco. Hornblower Cruises and Events, operating under the name Alcatraz Cruises, is the official ferry provider to and from the island. Hornblower launched the nation's first hybrid propulsion ferry in 2008, the Hornblower Hybrid, which now serves the island, docking at the Alcatraz Wharf.

Alcatraz Island is home to the abandoned prison, the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the west coast of the United States, early military fortifications, and natural features such as rock pools and a seabird colony (mostly Western Gulls, cormorants, and egrets). Landmarks on the island include the Main Cellhouse, Dining Hall, Library, Lighthouse, the ruins of the Warden's House and Officers Club, Parade Grounds, Building 64, Water Tower, New Industries Building, Model Industries Building, and the Recreation Yard.

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Chinatown

San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia. Since its establishment in the 1840s, it has been highly important and influential in the history and culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants to the United States and North America. Chinatown is an active enclave that continues to retain its own customs, languages, places of worship, social clubs, and identity. Popularly known as a "city-within-a-city", it has developed its own government, traditions, over 300 restaurants, and as many shops.

San Francisco Chinatown

There are two hospitals, numerous parks and squares, a post office, and other infrastructure. Visitors can easily become immersed in a microcosmic Asian world, filled with herbal shops, temples, pagoda roofs and dragon parades. In addition to it being a starting point and home for thousands of Chinese immigrants, it is also a major tourist attraction - drawing more visitors annually to the neighborhood than the Golden Gate Bridge.

Chinatown offers a taste of Asian history and culture, with countless shops, delicious ethnic cuisine, open markets, museums and more. Celebrate the Chinese New Year in February.

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Fisherman's Wharf

Website • 13.8 miles
LOCATION: Fisherman's Wharf roughly encompasses the northern waterfront area of San Francisco from Ghirardelli Square or Van Ness Avenue east to Pier 35 or Kearny Street.

Once a major fishing pier, Fisherman's Wharf has become the most popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, with great views of the ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco. The Wharf offers plenty to do, with seafood restaurants and shopping from one end to the other. One thing is for sure: There's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf: food, views, history, family fun and more.

Fisherman's Wharf

Dining: A food lover's haven, Fisherman's Wharf boasts some of the best dining in the world. Salivate over fresh Dungeness crab served steaming hote at outdoor stands or in a variety of gourmet recipes at the Wharf's many seafood restaurants. Smell the fresh sourdough bread baking. Savor locally made chocolate. The Wharf's eclectic mix of international cuisine is sure to please.

Entertainment: During the day, street performers are here to tirelessly entertain you: magicians, mimes, musicians, jugglers, clowns and fire-eaters take pride in their efforts to make you feel welcome at Fisherman's Wharf. At night the wharf offers live music, theater, dancing, comedy clubs and much more.

Alcatraz Island: Select the button to the right for details on Alcatraz Island.

Cable Cars: San Francisco is one of few places in the world where people can ride on a national historic landmark. Refurbished and equipped with new tracks, cables, turntables and cable propulsion machinery, San Francisco's famed cable cards operate much as they did on August 2, 1873 when Andrew S. Hallidie guided the first car down the Clay Street grade. Two of the three cable car lines stop in Fisherman’s Wharf. Catch the Powell-Mason line at Taylor St. and Bay St., or the Powell-Hyde line at Hyde St. and Beach St.

Hyde Street Pier: Hyde Street Pier is home of the world's largest collection of historic ships by tonnage, where visitors can board several National Landmark vessels, including the schooner Alma and the 1890 ferryboat Eureka. Hyde Street Pier also offers regular ranger guided tours, chantey sings, special programs and hands-on demonstrations for all ages.

Sea Lions: One of Fisherman's Wharf's most popular attractions, the amazing sea lions of PIER 39 hold huge appeal for visitors of all ages. Most of the year, you can find hundreds of these local sea mammals gathered on the docks beside PIER 39, cavorting, eating and basking in the sun. Their numbers vary depending on time of year, but their distinct barks can always be heard from blocks away.

Angel Island: The other island you see from Fisherman's Wharf is Angel Island, one of the last undeveloped islands left in the San Francisco Bay. It is maintained by the National Park Service and can be used for biking, hiking and picnics. Additional information is available at www.angelisland.org.

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Golden Gate Bridge

The World's Most Photographed Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is probably the most recognized bridge in the world, and a well-known symbol of San Francisco. It is the second longest suspension bridge in the United States, connecting the city of San Francisco to Marin County to the north. Millions of people cross the Golden Gate Bridge every year by driving, walking or biking. The graceful bridge, which spans 1-3/4 miles and reaches a height of 746 feet above the water, is one of the major attractions in San Francisco, attracting about nine million people each year.

The Golden Gate Bridge

Visiting The Golden Gate Bridge

The bridge is popular with pedestrians and bicyclists, and was built with walkways on either side of the six vehicle traffic lanes. Initially, they were separated from the traffic lanes by only a metal curb, but railings between the walkways and the traffic lanes were added in 2003, primarily as a measure to prevent bicyclists from falling into the roadway.

The main walkway is on the eastern side, and is open for use by both pedestrians and bicycles in the morning to mid-afternoon during weekdays (5 am to 3:30 pm), and to pedestrians only for the remaining daylight hours (until 6 pm, or 9 pm during DST). The eastern walkway is reserved for pedestrians on weekends (5 am to 6 pm, or 9 pm during DST), and is open exclusively to bicyclists in the evening and overnight, when it is closed to pedestrians. The western walkway is only open, and exclusively for bicyclists, during the hours when they are not allowed on the eastern walkway.

Bus service across the bridge is provided by two public transportation agencies: San Francisco Muni and Golden Gate Transit. Muni offers Sunday service on the 76 Marin Headlands bus line, and Golden Gate Transit runs numerous bus lines throughout the week.[46][47] The southern end of the bridge, near the toll plaza and parking lot, is also accessible daily from 5:30 a.m. to midnight by Muni line 28.

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Golden Gate Park: A National Park inside City Limits

Website • 17.4 miles
LOCATION: Between Fulton Street (north), Lincoln Way (south), Stanyan Street (east) and Ocean Beach (west)

Golden Gate Park is a roughly 1/2 mile-by-four mile urban oasis, with windmills, bison, museums, lakes and a carousel hidden among its charms. At 1,017 acres, it is 174 acres larger than New York's Central Park

Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park is the third most visited park in the United States. While the park is free to visit during the day, popular attractions charge admission, such as deYoung Museum, California Academy of Sciences and Conservatory of Flowers. The park is filled with gardens, museums, art, flowers, trees, lakes, birds and wildlife. There are also plenty of opportunities to participate in sports, clubs and other activities.

During the summer to October, a free shuttle bus circulates the park. On Sundays and holidays, JFK Drive between Transverse and Kezar is closed to vehicular traffic; this car-free zone is popular with walkers, cyclists, and runners. The number 5 trolleybus runs along the park's north boundary (Fulton Street), and offers the most frequent service across the park and to downtown. The N streetcar runs two blocks south of the park's southern boundary with similar service as the 5 bus.

This unique park features a golf course, an many other popular attractions that include:

  • Beach Chalet and Park Chalet: Beautiful 1930s building, the Beach Chalet is open for lunch, drinks, or dinner overlooking Ocean Beach .
  • Buffalo Paddock: This herd of buffalo has been here for over a century. Free.
  • California Academy of Sciences: Stunning museum is an excellent place to take the children. Highlights include the building itself; ride the elevator to the top to see the Living Roof, a literal green roof and marvel of architecture.
  • Conservatory of Flowers: This antique palatial greenhouse, one of the first structures of its kind in the county, is filled with a huge variety of beautiful and exotic plant species.
  • de Young Museum: A modern and ethnic art focused museum, with three levels of fascinating exhibits with contemporary and historical pieces from America as well as art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas in a uniquely-designed building with courtyards and sculpture gardens.
  • Dutch Windmill: Once used for park irrigation; now a scenic oddity at the western end of the park.
  • Japanese Tea Garden: The oldest public Japanese garden in the country, with beautiful plants, ponds, bridges, and Japanese-style structures including a tea house.
  • San Francisco Botanical Gardens: One of the largest botanical gardens on the west coast, covering 55 acres with thousands of varieties of plants from around the world and multiple specialized gardens and miles of trails. Free.
  • Shakespeare Garden: With roses and other flowers mentioned in his plays. Free.
  • Spreckels Lake: Home of the San Francisco Model Yacht Club, one is likely to see model yachts sailing on the lake.
  • Stow Lake: This pleasant lake surrounding Strawberry Hill, a scenic island with excellent views and great picnic spots.
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Japantown: Little Osaka in San Francisco

Websitte   •  15.0 mi
LOCATION: In the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco, comprising about six square city blocks.

Japantown (also known as Little Osaka, Funayville, or J Town) comprises about six square city blocks. San Francisco's Japantown is the largest and oldest such enclave in the U.S. The main thoroughfare is Post Street, between Fillmore Street (to the west) and Laguna Street (to the east). The Japantown neighborhood is generally considered to be bordered on the north by Bush or Pine Street, and on the south by Geary Boulevard. Its focal point is the Japan Center, the site of three Japanese-oriented shopping centers and the Peace Pagoda, a five-tiered concrete stupa presented to San Francisco by the people of Osaka, Japan.

Japantown San Francisco - Peace Pagoda

The area is home to Japanese (and some Korean and Chinese) restaurants, supermarkets, indoor shopping malls, hotels, banks and other shops, including one of the few U.S. branches of the large Kinokuniya bookstore chain. Most of these businesses are located in the commercial center of the neighborhood which is a large shopping mall built in the 1960s as part of urban renewal efforts and is run by Japanese retailer Kintetsu.

Japantown History

Built and settled as part of the Western Addition neighborhood in the 19th and early 20th century, Japanese immigrants began moving into the area following the 1906 Earthquake. By World War II, the neighborhood was one of the largest such enclaves of Japanese outside of Japan, taking an appearance similar to Tokyo's Ginza district.

In February 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt ordered all Japanese of birth or descent in the U.S. interned. By 1943 many large sections of the neighborhood remained vacant due to the forced internment. The void was quickly filled by thousands of African Americans who had left the South to find wartime industrial jobs in California. After the war, some Japanese Americans returned, followed by new Japanese immigrants as well as investment from the Japanese Government and Japanese companies, however, many settled in other parts of the city.

In 1957, San Francisco entered into a sister city relationship with the city of Osaka, hence the nickname "Little Osaka". In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of this relationship, one block of Buchanan Street, in Japantown, was renamed Osaka Way in 2007.

Japantown Festivals

San Francisco's Japantown celebrates two major festivals yearly: The Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival (held for two weekends every April), and the Nihonmachi Street Fair, held one weekend in the month of August.

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Lombard Street

The Crookedest Street in the World

Websitte   •  14.4 mi
LOCATION:Between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets

Lombard Street runs east-west through many blocks in San Francisco, but it is famous for one block on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets. This block is steep and hilly, with eight tight hairpin curves. It is paved with bricks, and every curve is lined with beautiful flower gardens. There are beautiful Victorian mansions on either side of the street, making it very picturesque. This one-way section of Lombard street is a must-see for anyone visiting San Francisco.

Lombard Street - The Crookedest Street in the World

Lombard Street begins at Presidio Boulevard inside The Presidio and runs east through the Cow Hollow neighborhood. For twelve blocks, between Broderick Street and Van Ness Avenue, it is a principal arterial road that is co-signed as U.S. Route 101. Lombard Street then continues through the Russian Hill neighborhood and onto the Telegraph Hill neighborhood. At Telegraph Hill it breaks off to the south, becoming Telegraph Hill Boulevard, leading to Pioneer Park and Coit Tower. Lombard Street starts again at Winthrop Street and finally terminates at The Embarcadero as a collector road.

Lombard Street is best known for the one-way section on Russian Hill between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, in which the roadway has eight sharp turns (or switchbacks) that have earned the street the distinction of being the crookedest (most winding) street in the world (though this title is contested. The switchback's design, first suggested by property owner Carl Henry and instituted in 1922, was born out of necessity in order to reduce the hill's natural 27 degree (51%) grade, which was too steep for most vehicles. It is also a serious hazard to pedestrians, who are accustomed to a more reasonable 5 degree incline because of wheel chair navigation concerns. The crooked section of the street, which is about 1/4 mile long is reserved for one-way traffic traveling east (downhill) and is paved with red bricks. The speed limit in this section is 5 mph.

In 1999, a Crooked Street Task Force was created to try to solve traffic problems in the neighborhoods around the winding section of Lombard Street. In 2001, the Task Force decided that it would not be legal to permanently close the block to vehicular traffic. Instead, the Task Force decided to institute a summer parking ban in the area, to bar eastbound traffic on major holidays, and to increase fines for parking in the area. The Task Force also proposed the idea of using minibuses to ferry sightseers to the famous block, although residents debated the efficiency of such a solution, since one of the attractions of touring the area is driving along the twisting section of the street.

The Powell-Hyde cable car line stops at the top of this block.

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Presidio: A National Park inside City Limits

Website • 18.1 miles
LOCATION: Northern tip of San Francisco Peninsula within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

This lovely waterfront area park has been a fortified location since 1776 when the Spanish made it the military center. As part of a military reduction program, Congress voted in 1989 to end the Presidio's status as an active military installation and in October 1994, it was transferred to the National Park Service, ending 219 years of military use.

San Francisco Presidio

Residents of Bay Area have a unique and stunning resource in the Presidio, a national park within the boundaries of our city. Several restaurants have opened on Presidio land, and old military structures house both commercial and non-profit entities. The Presidio is home to wild plant and animal species, hiking trails, and waterfront habitat.

The Presidio is open 24 hours, every day of the week. No fees are required to enter the park. You can access the Presidio's restaurants, trails, and businesses by car, foot or public transport. Detailed driving and transit directions and information on the free PresidiGo shuttle are all available from the Presidio Trust website.

Five districts embody different periods of history:

Crissy Field: As the Presidio's "front door," the northern waterfront offers spectacular views, unparalleled recreational opportunities, and the chance to glimpse rare birds feeding on native plants.

Fort Winfield Scott: Located just a stone’s throw from the Golden Gate Bridge, this beautiful campus, once dedicated to defending San Francisco Bay, introduced Mission style architecture to the Presidio. Fort Scott offers amazing views and is situated near several trails and scenic overlooks.

Letterman District: It was here that the Army built its first permanent general hospital, serving military personnel during a century that included five wars. Here visitors can connect with important stories about the Presidio's history and enjoy unique views toward San Francisco Bay, the Palace of Fine Arts, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Main Post: A visit to the park begins at the Main Post, historically the beloved “heart of the Presidio.” There are many ways to experience the Main Post today, and so much more will open to the public in coming months.

Public Health Service District: An increasingly popular entry point to the trail network, offering easy access to the wildest parts of the park.

Presidio Trails & Overlooks

Explore the Presidio on the park's extensive hiking and biking trail network. With 24 miles of routes and eight scenic overlooks and vistas, experiences are available to suit any mood. Enjoy a history walk that traces the heart of the Presidio, a contemplative journey through a shaded forest, or a major workout along the coastal bluffs.

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San Francisco Zoo

Website • 21.3 miles
LOCATION: 1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, CA. 94132     (415) 753-7080

The San Francisco Zoo is located between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Merced, in the southwest corner of San Francisco. Founded in 1929, the zoo covers over 125 acres. This zoo is the birthplace of Koko the gorilla, and housed 693 individual animals representing about 197 species as of 2011.

San Francisco Zoo

An African Savanna exhibit opened in May of 2004, which features giraffes, zebras, antelope, and birds from Africa; and in 2002, the Lipman Family Lemur Forest opened, which features five different species of lemurs from Madagascar. There are many other exhibits, including a Children's zoo, where children and their families see and touch domestic rare breeds of goats, sheep, ponies, and horses in the Family Farm, touch small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians along the Nature Trail, and view the eagles and hawks on Hawk Hill.

Insect Zoo

The Insect Zoo opened in 1979 and features terrariums containing live arthropods, including millipedes, centipedes, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, tarantulas, scorpions, velvet ants, termites, walkingsticks and bees. Visitors can examine specimens under microscopes, and there are insect-themed books, videos, puppets and games.

Children's Zoo

The 6-acre Children's Zoo offers kids and their families opportunities for close-up encounters with rare domestic breeds of goats, sheep, ponies, and horses in the Family Farm. Touch and feel small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians along the Nature Trail and gaze at eagles and hawks stationed on Hawk Hill. Don't miss a visit to the fascinating Insect Zoo or the Meerkat and Prairie Dog exhibit, where kids can crawl through tunnels and play in sand, just like these amazing burrowing species.

There's a coffee cart by the entrance as well as two decent cafes inside, definitely good enough for a bite with the kids (though the lines can be long and slightly confusing if you're handling food and kid duty at the same time).

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Other Major Bay Area Attractions


The Embarcadero   •   12.7 miles
LOCATION: 201 the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
Scenic waterfront with deep-water piers, scenic promenades and ferry service. Upscale shops, dining and a farmers market also available.

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South of Market (SoMa)   •   12.8 miles
This district includes the Museum of the African Diaspora, the California Academy of Sciences, the Cartoon Art Museum, the California Historical Society Museum and Rincon Center.

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Coit Tower   •   14.0 miles

1 Telegraph Hill Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94133, (415) 362-0808
The Coit Tower is a 210-foot concrete building located at the top of Telegraph Hill. It was built in 1933 as an art deco tower to beautify the city of San Francisco. Visitors can enjoy the history museum located inside and view the many murals painted in 1933 by over 30 artists depicting life during the Great Depression. From the top of the tower, there is a 360 view of San Francisco and the Bay area.

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Union Street   •   14.4 miles

This charming neighborhood features Victorian homes that have been transformed into boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafés. Attractions include the Octagon House and the Vedanta Temple.

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Marina District   •   14.9 miles
The Marina offers access to San Francisco Bay and Marina Green, a grassy playground with views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The area includes the Palace of Fine Arts and bustling Chestnut Street. The Marina district is an affluent, residential neighborhood bounded by the Bay, the neighborhood actually has an impressive marina, which is home to a couple of prestigious yacht clubs. Marina Green, an 8 block stretch of grass running along the edge of the bay, is a favorite place for jogging, strolling, picnicking, and kite flying.

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San Francisco Bay Area Public Golf Courses

Your San Francisco Bay Area Golf Vacation. . . Bring Your Game!

San Francisco Bay area golf courses are among the best golf destinations in the country, with some of the best municipal golf courses in California. The BEST WESTERN PLUS Bayside Hotel Oakland, is within easy driving distance of several of these fine public Bay Area golf courses – on both the East and West side of San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco Bay Area Golf Courses

Within five miles of the hotel is the Montclair Golf Course (3.0 mi), Chuck Corica Golf Complex (3.2 mi - Earl Fry Golf Course & Jack Clark Golf Course), and the Metropolitan Golf Course (5.2 mi).

You'll enjoy the challenging public golf courses provided by Oakland, San Francisco, Alameda, and other Bay Area communities. The courses are well maintained and offer beautiful San Francisco Bay views and a diverse range of venues for golfers to choose from.

San Francisco Bay Area public golf courses are some of the most well groomed, and most beautiful in the country. These public golf courses are also varied in level of difficultly. Whether you are a seasoned pro or picking up a nine iron for the first time, there is sure to be a public golf course to challenge you.

A San Francisco Bay Area golf course is worth visiting no matter the reason for your travels. Whether you're in the bay area for business or sight seeing, be sure to pack the clubs and take advantage of all that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer.

Scan our list of San Francisco Bay Area Golf Courses for more information to help you plan your golf vacation at the Bayside Hotel Oakland.

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Montclair Golf Course

Website   •   3.0 miles
LOCATION: 2477 Monterey Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94611, (510) 482-0422

The Montclair Golf Course is one of three municipal golf courses in the City of Oakland. The Montclair Golf Course is located within the Oakland Hills and offers a flat course with a short par 3 and is a public course. There is a 9-hole Bent grass course with water in play available and quite challenging. Yardage: 1134, Par: 54.

Montclair Golf Course - San Francisco & Oakland Area Golf Courses

Montclair golf course is one of those undiscovered places in Oakland that gives the city such charm. It isn't lavish, but it is relatively inexpensive and has the character and charm of the city itself.

Driving range offers a ground level area, and also an upstairs deck. Facilities include club house and restaurant with full bar.





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Chuck Corica Golf Complex

Website   •   3.2 miles
LOCATION: 1 Clubhouse Memorial Rd, Alameda, CA 94502, (510) 747-7824

Chuck Corica Golf Complex: The 9-hole "Mif Albright" course at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex facility in Alameda, California features 1,152 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 27 . The course rating is 32.0 and it has a slope rating of 113 on Blue grass. Mif Albright golf course opened in 1927.

Oakland Chuck Corica Golf Complex - San Francisco & Oakland Area Golf Courses

Earl Fry Golf Course: The 18-hole "Earl Fry" course at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex facility in Alameda, California features 6,310 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 . The course rating is 70.9 and it has a slope rating of 123 on Blue grass. Earl Fry golf course opened in 1927.

Jack Clark Golf Course: The 18-hole "Jack Clark" course at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex facility in Alameda, California features 6,560 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 . The course rating is 71.8 and it has a slope rating of 119 on Blue grass. Jack Clark golf course opened in 1927.




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Metropolitan Golf Course

Website   •   5.2 miles
LOCATION: 10051 Doolittle Dr, Oakland, CA 94603, (510) 569-5555

The 18-hole "Metropolitan" course at the Metropolitan Golf Links facility in Oakland, California is a public golf course that features 6,959 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 .

Metropolitan Golf Course - San Francisco & Oakland Area Golf Courses

The core of what makes The Metropolitan Golf Links so popular is the golf course, a Johnny Miller and Fred Bliss design just to the south of Oakland's airport. The original site boasted some gentle undulation; Miller and Bliss augmented the site and dramatically improved the drainage by covering the original landscape with two feet of sand then growing the latest turf hybrids. When other nearby courses are flooded or muddy, The Metropolitan Golf Links is playable—and fun to play.

The Metropolitan Golf Links has a compact layout with two balanced nine hole loops that start and end at the clubhouse. The routing of the course includes straight holes, doglegs, and even a couple of double doglegs! The layout boasts subtle mounting, gentle undulation changes, four wetlands areas, and just enough bunkering to add significant strategic interest.

The interesting routing also means that the wind affects each hole very differently, also adding to the fun. Perhaps the greatest asset of The Metropolitan Golf Links layout is that it provides the thinking golfer with a variety of options depending on the wind, course conditions, and the golfer's appetite for risk on any given day.

The Metropolitan Golf Links is not overly bunkered and there are only a few water hazards that come into play. Yet with winds coming in off San Francisco Bay, The Metropolitan Golf Links has plenty to challenge the better golfer. Miller and Bliss have designed the course so that the low-handicapper will have to think his or her way around the course to score well. The Metropolitan Golf Links is strong enough from the back tees to serve the needs of the Cal Bears Golf Program.

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Lake Chabot Golf Course

Website   •   5.2 miles
LOCATION: 11450 Golf Links Rd, Oakland, CA 94605, (510) 351-5812

The 18-hole "Lake Chabot" course at the municipal (public) Lake Chabot Golf Course facility in Oakland, California features 6,102 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 69.4 and it has a slope rating of 123 on Blue grass. Designed by Willie Loch, the Lake Chabot golf course opened in 1923.

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Situated in the Oakland Hills with stunning panoramic views of the City of Oakland, Bay Bridge and Lake Chabot area, the City of Oakland's Lake Chabot Golf Course offers an unbeatable combination: 27 pristine holes of golf for players of all skill levels, at affordable rates that make the game accessible to everyone. A favorite of local golfers since 1923, the course recently completed extensive course and property improvements that have taken the course to the next level. Comprehensive re-seeding, fertilization and improved irrigation have significantly improved course conditioning and playability, while a complete remodeling of the property's historic Spanish-style clubhouse – including an upgrade to the Chabot Café and enhanced banquet and catering capabilities – make it the ideal location for special events ranging from business meetings and golf tournaments to wedding receptions and fundraisers.

With the full length 18-hole layout, a 9-hole course with par-3 holes ideal for beginners, juniors and families, and a variety of golf instructional programs for players of all ages, Lake Chabot Golf Course offers an enjoyable challenge for everyone – from novices to low handicappers. Regardless of ability, golfers will find Lake Chabot's signature par-6, 673-yard 18th hole to be one of the most unforgettable finishing holes in the region.

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Tilden Park Golf Course

Website   •   10.2 miles
LOCATION: Grizzly Peak Blvd, Berkeley, CA 94708, (510) 848-7373

Tilden Park Golf Course is a public Berkeley golf course offering driving range, golf lessons, pro shop and wedding venue.

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Located in the scenic Berkeley Hills, just minutes away from the UC Berkeley campus, this William Park Bell Jr. design features a challenging 18-hole, par 70 course. Tilden Park's signature first hole, a 420-yard par 4 straight uphill to an elevated green, is considered to be one of toughest starting holes in the Bay Area.

Set amongst rolling hills and tree lined fairways, Tilden Park Golf Course is truly one of a kind. Tilden Park Golf Course also features a three-tiered driving range with over 60 stalls, practice putting greens and a full service bar and grill. Lessons are available through the Bay Area Golf Learning Center and discount memberships are also available.

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Monarch Bay Golf Club

Website   •   10.5 miles
LOCATION: 13800 Monarch Bay Dr, San Leandro, CA, (888) 968-7229

At Monarch Bay Golf Club you will discover the atmosphere of a fine golf venue, one that ensures your day will be a memorable occasion. Set just feet from the San Francisco Bay, the Monarch Bay Golf Course provides ideal course conditions, stunning views of the Peninsula and 18 challenging holes of golf making it one of the best values in the Bay Area.

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Tony Lema Golf Course: The 18-hole "Tony Lema" course at the Monarch Bay Golf Club facility in San Leandro, California features 7,015 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 . The course rating is 73.5 and it has a slope rating of 121. Designed by (R) John F. Harbottle, III, ASGCA, the Tony Lema golf course opened in 2001.

Marina Golf Course: The 9-hole "Marina" course at the Monarch Bay Golf Club facility in San Leandro, California features 1,734 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 29 . The course rating is 29.3 and it has a slope rating of 88. Designed by (R) John F. Harbottle, III, ASGCA, the Marina golf course opened in 1982.

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Presidio Golf Course

Website   •   17.3 miles
LOCATION: 300 Finley Road, San Francisco, CA    (415) 561-4661

The Presidio Golf Course opened for public play in 1996 as a part of the Base Realignment and Closure Act. Originally (in 1895), the private Presidio Golf Club operated the golf course for the military for the 100+ years that the Sixth Army pision was based here on the Presidio Military Reservation.

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Today the public Presidio Golf Course manages the day to day operations of the golf course and its café while the private Presidio Golf Club still thrives and features golf and social memberships that rival any within the San Francisco area.

Designed with tight fairways and strategically placed bunkers, this 18-hole "hilly" golf course offers a unique challenge for golfers of all abilities. Orginally designed by Robert Wood Johnstone, the course was expanded in 1910 by Johnstone in collaboration with Wiliam McEwan and redesigned and lengthened in by the British firm of Fowler & Simpson in 1921.

Unique and beautifully appointed, the Clubhouse is tucked into the oldest part of the Presidio Forest and offers a warm and pleasent atmosphere for daily lunch, weekend brunch, private banquets, and receptions.

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Harding Park Golf Course

Website   •   21.4 miles
LOCATION: 9 Harding Road, San Francisco, CA    (415) 664-4690

San Francisco Golf Courses are among the best golf destinations in the country, with some of the best municipal golf courses in California. Such is the case with the TPC Harding Park, formerly known as the Harding Park Golf Club, but now referred to as simply Harding Park. Harding Park is a public course and is a must play when you are visiting the San Francisco area.

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Opened on July 18, 1925 and named after President Warren G. Harding, an avid golfer who died two years earlier in San Francisco, the course runs along the shore of Lake Merced in the SW. corner of the city. It was designed by Willie Watson and Sam Whiting, also known for designing the Olympic Club Lake Course. Harding Park has been restored to past glory and has held several PGA Tour events including the 2005 WGC-American Express Championship, 2009 President's Cup and the Champion’s Tour season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in 2010 & 2011.

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Other Oakland & Sanfrancisco Bay Area Golf Courses


Golden Gate Park Golf Course  •  12.8 miles
64 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA    (415) 751-8987
The layout of Golden Gate Golf Course will challenge the better player. Yet, being a par three, nine-hole golf course it is also ideal for beginning golfers. Being a short, nine-hole course - our staff recognizes and appreciates that beginning golf is our business!

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Skywest Golf Course   •   14.5 mi<
1401 Golf Course Rd, Hayward, CA 94541, (510) 317-2300
The 18-hole "Skywest" course at the Skywest Golf Course facility in Hayward, California features 6,862 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72 . The course rating is 72.9 and it has a slope rating of 121 on Blue grass. Skywest golf course opened in 1965.

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Willow Park Public Golf Course?   •  16.7 mi
17007 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546, (510) 537-8989
Willow Park Golf Course Castro Valley is a stunning 18-hole course Castro Valley, California. The golf park features 6,227 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 69.7 and it has a slope rating of 115 on Blue grass. Designed by Bob E. Baldock, the Willow Park golf course in Castro Valley opened in 1966.

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Gleneagles Golf Course  •  18.3 mi
San Francisco, California 94134, (415) 587-2425
The urban course, located not far from the Sunnydale public housing projects in Visitacion Valley, made the list of GolfWorld magazine's top nine-hole courses in the country. San Francisco's municipal green ranked No. 17 on the list of 25. Built in 1962 by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and designed by Jack Fleming, Gleneagles is known as a challenging course with narrow fairways and lots of trees. Gleneagles is open to the general public.

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Lincoln Park Golf Course  •  18.7 mi
300 34th Avenue, San Francisco, CA    (415) 221-9911
The Lincoln Park Golf Club has been an established club for 95 years with memberships open year-round to the general public.

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San Francisco Bay Area Museums & Historic Sites

World-Renown Museums & Historic Sites in Oakland & the San Francisco Bay Area . . .

San Francisco Bay Area museums are an eclectic mix. Some of the finest museums and galleries in the world can be found in this area, providing an amazing diversity of artistic expression, historical reference and scientific exploration. Here, you will find exhibits about everything from cable cars to submarines, and historic sites such as large brick forts under the Golden Gate Bridge and great wooden ships of another area anchored in the Fisherman's Wharf area!

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As anyone knows who ever planned a trip to the San Francisco Bay area, there are myriad of things to do, but do try to make time for at least one or two of the area's wonderful museums or historic sites. San Francisco's museums, particularly its small museums, are scattered about its colorful neighborhoods. Don't overlook museums in the East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland and Point Richmond) and South Bay (the Peninsula, Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz). There is "historic" gold everywhere that you look in the Bay Area.

From the oldest building in San Francisco (Mission Delores - 14.2 mi), to the newest of museum renovations (Oakland Museum of California - 1.4 mi), you'll find it within a short drive of the Bayside Hotel Oakland.

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Oakland Museum of California

Website   •   1.4 miles
LOCATION: 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607-4892    (510) 336-7300

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA connects collections and programs across disciplines, advancing an integrated, multilayered understanding of this ever-evolving state. OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California's dynamic cultural and environmental heritage

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When the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) first opened its doors in 1969, it brought together three historically independent disciplines—art, history, and natural sciences—under one roof. This progressive multidisciplinary approach was to celebrate the many facets of California. Their collections—comprising more than 1.8 million objects including seminal art works, historical artifacts, ethnographic objects, natural specimens, and photographs—and our programs explore and reveal the factors that shape California character and identity, from its extraordinary natural landscapes, to successive waves of migration, to its unique culture of creativity and innovation.

OMCA has reopened its galleries in 2010 after a transformation that touches almost every aspect of the 300,000 square-foot Museum and builds on the founders' original multidisciplinary and civic-minded intent by improving integration of OMCA's collections and programs, strengthening its role as a public forum, and creating new opportunities for visitor participation. The collections are animated by innovative interpretive tools and interactive features; and new gathering spaces and program areas engage visitors and encourage them to share their own perspectives, questions, and stories.

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Chabot Space & Science Center

Website   •   5.0 miles
LOCATION:10000 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA    (510) 238-2200

Founded as an observatory in 1883, today Chabot offers visitors the very latest in hands-on, interactive exhibits, displays, and Planetarium and large-screen shows that explore the mysteries of the universe and of life here on earth

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Combined with a full program of activity-filled classes, workshops, Space & Science Camp, outreach programs and special events, Chabot Space & Science Center has become the Bay Area's go to destination for visitors of all ages who want to discover and learn about space and earth sciences.

Set amid beautiful redwood parkland in the hills above Oakland, yet just 2.5 miles off the freeway, Chabot is also home to Nellie, Rachel and Leah, three magnificent telescopes and the largest public telescope facility in the country. Here visitors of all ages can experience for themselves the wonders of the cosmos as they gaze through the telescopes at distant stars and planets.

Chabot Space & Science Center is one of Northern California’s leading centers for informal science education. Each year they host literally thousands of students from throughout the Bay Area, visiting Chabot on field trips that can include curriculum-approved classes in subjects as diverse as chemistry, geology, space, biology, environmental science, and climate change.

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Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

California Palace of the Legion of Honor and the DeYoung Memorial Museum

Website   •   12.2 miles
LOCATION:3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123, (415) 563-6504

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprised of the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, is the largest public arts institution in San Francisco.

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The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco is in fact two organizations: the California Palace of the Legion of Honor and the DeYoung Memorial Museum. Founded as separate museums, the deYoung and Legion of Honor were merged in 1972.

The de Young showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international contemporary art, textiles and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa. A collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art is displayed at the Legion of Honor in a neoclassical style building overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco has long been a cultural center and boasts some of the finest collections in the nation. At the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, visitors can view early castings of The Thinker and John the Baptist by Auguste Rodin, The Orator, a plaster casting by Picasso, and Saint Francis Venerating the Crucifix by El Greco. French tapestries, medievel and Byzantine artifacts are at the Fine Arts Museum along with master works of artists such as Degas, Rembrandt, van Gogh, Renoir, Le Nain, Nattier and others.

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The Cable Car Museum

Website   •   12.7 miles
LOCATION:1201 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94108, (415) 474-1887

The Cable Car Museum was established in 1974, and is operated by the Friends of the Cable Car Museum. Located in the historic Washington/Mason cable car barn and powerhouse, the museum deck overlooks the huge engines and winding wheels that pull the cables. Downstairs is a viewing area of the large sheaves and cable line entering the building through the channel under the street.

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San Francisco's cable cars are a major attraction here, and riding them is a special treat. They are the only cable cars currently operating in the world, making them a truly unique experience, and they can take you to many of the other attractions San Francisco has to offer. The Alexander Inn is located only about two blocks from the Powell Street cable car route.

Museum displays include various mechanical devices such as grips, track, cable, brake mechanisms, tools, detailed models, and a large collection of historic photographs. The museum houses three antique cable cars from the 1870s. The Sutter Street Railway No. 46 grip car & No. 54 trailer and the only surviving car from the first cable car company, the Clay Street Hill Railroad No. 8 grip car.

SF Municipal Railway (Muni) maintains the current fleet of 28 Powell St. cars and 12 California St. cars. The single-ended Powell Street cars are the older of the two types now in service. Some of these original cars (extensively rebuilt) are still in use today. The double-ended California type cars were developed later and have been used on California Street since 1891 when Leland Stanford's California Street Cable Railroad (Cal Cable) began replacing their 2-car trains. These cars are equipped with a set of control levers at each end, thus eliminating the need for a turntable at each end of the line.

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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Website   •   14.1 miles
LOCATION: Fort Mason Center, Building E, San Francisco, CA 94123, (415) 447-5000

Stand on the stern of Balclutha, face west to feel the fresh wind blowing in from the Pacific Ocean. Located in the Fisherman's Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park offers the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Pacific Coast maritime history.

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Located at the west end of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park includes a fleet of historic vessels tied up at Hyde Street Pier, a visitor center, and a library/research facility. Visitors can step aboard turn-of-the-century ships, visit the maritime museum's exhibits and ship models, and learn traditional seafaring arts like boatbuilding and woodworking. Visitors to this National Park can also participate in a variety of educational, music and craft programs designed for all ages.

Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building (Maritime Museum): The Bathhouse building was built in 1939 as a joint project of the City of San Francisco and the New Deal Works Progress Administration (WPA), and is the focal point of the Aquatic Park Historic Landmark District. This unique structure was designed in the Streamline Moderne style, a late offshoot of the Art Deco period, and mimics the clean lines of an ocean liner. The building is a showcase for art created during the 1930s by Sargent Johnson and Hilaire Hiler. Dazzling murals cover the interior walls. Stop by to enjoy the vibrant colors depicting a dreamy and strange underwater world.

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Fort Point

Website   •   18.2 miles
LOCATION: South anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge at the end of Marine Drive on the Presidio of San Francisco.    (415) 556-1693

From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point protected San Francisco harbor from Confederate and foreign attack during and after the U.S. Civil War. Its beautifully arched casemates display the art of the master brick mason from the Civil War period.

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Fort Point has stood guard at the narrows of the Golden Gate for nearly 150 years. It has been called "the pride of the Pacific," "the Gibraltar of the West Coast," and "one of the most perfect models of masonry in America." When construction began during the height of the California Gold Rush, Fort Point was planned as the most formidable deterrence America could offer to a naval attack on California. Although its guns never fired a shot in anger, the "Fort at Fort Point" as it was originally named has witnessed Civil War, obsolescence, earthquake, bridge construction, reuse for World War II, and preservation as a National Historic Site.

Fort Point was built between 1853 and 1861 by the U.S. Army Engineers as part of a defense system of forts planned for the protection of San Francisco Bay. Designed at the height of the Gold Rush, the fort and its companion fortifications would protect the Bay's important commercial and military installations against foreign attack. The fort was built in the Army's traditional "Third System" style of military architecture (a standard adopted in the 1820s), and would be the only fortification of this impressive design constructed west of the Mississippi River. This fact bears testimony to the importance the military gave San Francisco and the gold fields during the 1850s.

Although Fort Point never saw battle, the building has tremendous significance due to its military history, its architecture, and its association with maritime history.

In the late 1930s, plans for the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge also involved plans for the demolition of Fort Point. Fortunately, Chief Engineer Joseph Strauss recognized the architectural value of the Fort and created a special engineer arch which allowed the construction of the bridge to occur safely over the Fort. In 1959, a group of retired military officers and civilian engineers created the Fort Point Museum Association and lobbied for its creation as a National Historic Site. On October 16, 1970, Fort Point became a National Historic Site.

Fort Point is cold and windy most of the time. You can probably count on the temperature being at least 10 degrees cooler that the current listing below. Spring and Fall generally offer the best weather. Dress warmly for your visit, with layers of clothing.

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Other Oakland & Sanfrancisco Bay Area Museums


Alameda Historical Museum   •  1.6 miles
2324 Alameda Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501    (510) 521-1233
The Alameda Historical Society was founded in 1948, and the Museum was established in 1951. In 1983 the Alameda Museum was designated as the official repository of historical documents and artifacts for the City of Alameda.

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Museum of Children's Art   •  2.1 miles
538 9th St # 210, Oakland, CA 94607-3980    (510) 465-8770
MOCHA provides hands-on arts learning experiences for children and their families in our museum, in schools and preschools, and in public venues. MOCHA also prepares educators to teach art and integrate arts learning across academic subject areas. As well, we advocate for the arts as an essential part of a strong, vital and diverse community.

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USS Pampanito Submarine   •  9.5 miles
Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf, Taylor and Embarcadero Streets, Oakland, CA  (415) 775-1943
USS Pampanito (SS-383) is a World War II Balao class Fleet submarine museum and memorial that is open for visitors daily at Oakland's Fisherman's Wharf. Pampanito made six patrols in the Pacific during World War II during which she sank six Japanese ships and damaged four others.

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Asian Art Museum of San Francisco   •   13.3 mi
200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102   415-581-3600
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art. But we are more than just an art museum - we are your ticket to Asia. Here, you can travel through 6,000 years of history, trek across seven major regions, and sample the cultures of numerous countries.

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Musée Mécanique   •  15.7 miles
Pier 45 at the foot of Taylor Street, Oakland, CA  (415) 346-2000
Welcome to the Musée Mécanique, one of the world's largest privately owned collections of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and antique arcade machines in their original working condition.

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The Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf   •  15.7 miles
145 Jefferson Street, Oakland, CA 94133  (415) 202-0402
The spirit and energy of Oakland is manifested in the history of one of its most popular landmarks - The Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf. Bedecked by colorful waving flags and surrounded by a complex of gift shops and entertainment sites, the museum welcomes guests to one of the world's most visited spots.

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San Francisco Bay Area Performing Arts

World-Renown Performing Arts Venues in the San Francisco Bay Area offer entertainment for all tastes . . .

Oakland & San Francisco Bay Area Performing Arts

Oakland &San Francisco performing arts venues are plentiful and offer a huge variety of plays, concerts, comedy shows, special events and other performances. The BEST WESTERN PLUS Bayside Hotel Oakland provides information on many Bay Area performing arts venues, most of which are a convenient drive from the hotel.

Oakland & San Francisco offers several venues, including the Rhythmix Cultural Works (1.1 miles) and the Oakland Metro Opera House (2.2 miles), each offering quality music, concerts, and theatrical performances.

In San Francisco you have the American Conservatory Theater (9.1 miles) and the Herbst Theater (9.6 miles) which provide active performance venues for numerous organizations presenting a wide range of artistic, cultural and entertainment programming.>/p>

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American Conservatory Theater

Website   •   9.1 miles
LOCATION: 415 Geary Street, San Francisco, California 94102    (415) 749-2228

Established in 1965, American Conservatory Theater is a Tony Award–winning theater and training institution whose work is energized and informed by a profound commitment to developing the next generation of theater artists.

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A.C.T. is the largest theater company in the San Francisco Bay Area and employs more than 800 people each season, from teachers and artists to technicians and administrative staff. During the past four decades, more than 300 A.C.T. productions have been seen by close to 7 million playgoers in the company's magnificent Beaux Arts–style theater located in the heart of San Francisco's Union Square theater district.

Located in the heart of Union Square, A.C.T.'s conservatory boasts 10 studios and a black box studio theater, and shares its rehearsal spaces with A.C.T.'s mainstage productions. Classrooms, studios, and administrative offices are fully integrated— student life is an integral part of A.C.T.'s life—and students have the opportunity to interact daily with company actors and staff. A few blocks away is A.C.T.'s historic and dazzling theater—one of San Francisco's famed cultural landmarks. In addition, Zeum Theater, at Yerba Buena Gardens, is A.C.T.'s additional stage for readings, workshops, rehearsals, and other aspects of new play and production development. Nearby, students can explore the theater district, museums, parks, Chinatown, North Beach, and the Embarcadero waterfront.

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San Francisco Symphony

Website   •   14.1 miles
LOCATION: Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, (415) 864-6000

Completed in September, 1980 after more than two years of construction, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall is the home of the San Francisco Symphony. The San Francisco Symphony's home owes its name to the efforts and perseverance of Mrs. Louise M. Davies, the largest individual contributor to the building hall. The San Francisco Symphony sets the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance at home and around the world; Enriches, serves, and shapes cultural life throughout the spectrum of Bay Area communities; Maintains financial stability and gains public recognition as a means of ensuring its ability to fulfill its mission.

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Founded in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) is widely considered to be among the most artistically adventurous and financially stable arts institutions in the US. Nearly 600,000 people hear over 220 concerts and presentations of the SFS each year. The SFS acts as a cultural ambassador for the Bay Area through its nearly 45 national and international concert tours, nearly 150 recordings, and through its radio broadcasts, heard on more than 275 stations throughout the U.S. and Europe.

In fall 2006, the SFS launched the national Keeping Score PBS television series and multimedia project. Keeping Score is the San Francisco Symphony's program designed to make classical music more accessible to people of all ages and musical backgrounds through a national PBS television series, an interactive web site, www.keepingscore.org, to explore and learn about music, a national radio series hosted by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, documentary and live performance DVDs, and an education program for K-12 schools to further teaching through the arts by integrating classical music into core subjects.

The San Francisco Symphony Chorus has 150 singers and was founded over 30 years ago. The SFS is one of only a handful of major orchestras in the United States with its own chorus.

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War Memorial Opera House

Website   •   16.1 miles
LOCATION: 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California    415) 864-3330

War Memorial Opera House - Oakland & San Francisco Bay Area Performing Arts

The San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, one of the largest performing arts centers in the United States, covers seven and one-half acres in San Francisco's historic Civic Center district. Opera, symphony, modern and classical dance, theatre, recitals, plays, lectures, meetings, receptions, special screenings and gala events all have a place at the Center.

Each of the Center's unique facilities have characteristics that enhance every event, and all are available for rent. To learn more about a specific venue, visit its page by clicking the link located to your right.

The venerable beaux arts building was inaugurated on October 15, 1932 and holds the distinction of being the first American opera house that was not built by and for a small group of wealthy patrons; the funding came thanks to a group of private citizens who encouraged thousands of San Franciscans to subscribe. The War Memorial currently welcomes some 500,000 patrons annually.

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Other Oakland & San Francisco Bay Area Performing Arts Venues


Rhythmix Cultural Works   •  1.1 miles
2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501-1505    (510) 865-5060
Rhythmix Cultural Works community arts center in Alameda is committed to bringing people of all ages together through a wide range of affordable art offerings in dance, music, theater, exhibitions and arts education.

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Altarena Playhouse   •  1.9 miles
1409 High St, Alameda, CA 94501-3102    (510) 523-1553
Since 1938, Alameda Little Theatre Inc. has been presenting live theater in Alameda. In 1957 the company acquired an abandoned grocery store on High Street and turned it into the Altarena Playhouse, where we have been presenting creative, intimate, and artistically ambitious stagings of plays, musicals and revues ever since

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Oakland Metro Opera House   •  2.2 miles
630 3rd Street, Oakland, CA 94607    (510) 763-1146
The venue first opened on December 1, 2001 with the Oakland Opera Theater's production of Gertrude Stein's Four Saints in Three Acts. . It is equipped with a full theatrical lighting system, state of the art sound reinforcement and a full bar.

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Flux 53   •  2.5 miles
306 Foothill Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94601    (510) 842-8841
Flux 53 is a performing arts space and venue in East Oakland. Featuring music of all genres, performance theater, art, workshops and more, Flux strives to bring music and the arts to the community.

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Victoria Theater   •  9.6 miles
2961 16th Street, San Francisco, California 94103   (415) 863-7576
Located in the historic Mission District of San Francisco, the ornate and stately Victoria Theatre, seats 480. The theatre, built in 1908 as a vaudeville house, is now a city landmark and the oldest operating theatre in San Francisco.

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Herbst Theater  • 9.6 miles
401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, California 94102    (415) 621-6600
The Herbst Theatre, located in the center of the War Memorial Veterans Building, is a vital and active performance venue for numerous organizations presenting a wide range of artistic, cultural and entertainment programming.

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Magic Theatre   •  10.3 miles
Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94123    (415) 441-8822
The highly acclaimed Magic Theatre, which celebrated its 40th season in 2006, is a major West Coast company dedicated to presenting the works of new plays

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Restaurants in Oakland

Oakland Dining - Something for all Tastes

Downtown Oakland, California and the surrounding San Francisco Bay area are great for casual dining, upscale cuisine and everything in between. The Bayside Hotel Oakland is near the Oakland East Bay’s premier restaurants, where one can savor cuisines from around the world and drink in the magnificent waterfront views.

Oakland Dining - Something for all Tastes

Guests of The BEST WESTERN PLUS Bayside Hotel Oakland can walk to Quinn’s Lighthouse Restaurant, situated on the marina at Embarcadero Cove, or grab a sandwich from the Port Deli.

For those who wish to venture out, take our complimentary hotel shuttle to Jack London Square or Downtown for a wide selection of dining options.

No matter where you dine in Oakland, the next memorable meal is never farther than a stone fruit's throw away. In West Oakland you can find great soul food, like chicken and waffles at Brown Sugar Kitchen; but drive just 10 minutes and you'll come upon great Seoul Food, on a stretch of Telegraph Avenue north of 27th Street called Koreatown.

From Jack London Square on the waterfront to the Oakland-Berkeley border is about four miles, but the trip amounts to a global tour. You start at Bocanova, a Pan-American outpost for Peruvian-style ceviche or Brazilian feijoada; then wheel through town to Le Cheval, where you can get a bowl of Vietnamese beef noodle soup; and continue on to Dopo on Piedmont Avenue, where Jon Smulewitz puts out plump agnolotti and other artful pastas that would make the pickiest of nonnas proud.

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American Cuisine:

Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant and Pub   • 0.1 mi   Details

51 Embarcadero Cove, Oakland CA 94606; Tel. 510.536.2050
What could be better than drinking a beer in a laid back, casual pub and being served outstanding food? Doing this while sitting on one of the best decks in Oakland. At Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant and Pub you can choose from a staggering selection of beer and an even more suprising menu. Everything, and we mean everything at Quinn's is excellent and the portions are nothing short of huge; you've got to ttry the burgers which can be made from a variety of meats, the fish and chips are probably the best around and the, heck, just go there and check it out. It's more upscale in the downstairs dining room, so head upstairs to the pub and enjoy some of Oakland's best.

Kincaid's Bayhouse   • 1.8 mi   Details

1 Franklin Street, Oakland CA 94607
American, Seafood. Recalling the comfort foods of simpler times, Kincaid's offers healthy portions of classic American favorites, from steaks and chops to seafood and poultry. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, the service excellent, and the food speaks for itself; all coming together as one to ensure that once you sample Kincaid's, it will become a regular stop for your dining excursions.

Home of Chicken & Waffles   • 1.8 mi   Details

444 Embarcadero W, Oakland, CA 94607, (510) 836-4446
For "chicken and waffles" like "mama used to make" served up with "Southern hospitality", this pair is an East Bay "go-to"; decor is "cute and cool", and they're "a post-bar-hopping staple" "for cheap eats, especially late at night when everything else is closed.Located in Jack London Square.

Fat Lady Restaurant   • 2.1 mi   Details

201 Washington St., Oakland, CA 94607; Tel. 510.465.4996
An antique filled, Tiffany-lit 1884 Victorian--rumored to have been a bordello a century ago--has since 1970 housed this family-owned Jack London Square restaurant. Good for after-movie dinners and Sunday brunches.

Everett & Jones   • 2.4 mi   Details

2676 Fruitvale Ave., Oakland CA; ; Tel. 510.533.0900
Barbecue. This Oakland chain is, hands down, the best place for barbecue in the East Bay and with four locations, it's easy to get your Everett & Jones fix. Everything is consistently delicious from the chicken, the brisket, and the pork ribs to the specialty links.

Flora Restaurant & Bar   • 3.2 mi   Details

1900 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, (510) 286-0100
Flora is an art deco restaurant and bar in downtown Oakland. Owners Dona Savitsky and Thomas Schnetz evoke the opulence of a bygone era with carefully crafted cocktails and a menu of reinvented American classics. Flora is housed in the beautifully ornate Oakland Floral Depot building, built in 1931 by architect Albert Evers. Composed of silver and cobalt glazed terra cotta, it is an East Bay landmark of art deco architecture. Flora is located across the street from the Fox Theater, and one block from the Paramount Theater, another classic example of art deco design. Bar remains open with a limited menu after dinner.

Chef Edward's Bar-B-Que   • 3.3 mi   Details

1998 San Pablo Ave., Oakland CA 94612; Tel. 510.834.9516
Barbecue. Chef Edward's Bar-B-Que specializes in ribs that fall off the bone and brisket that splinters at the slightest touch. Be warned, the spicy sauce could do some serious damage to patrons with a low tolerance for heat. Go with the mild and grab a side of the hot so you can add it in increments.

Pican Restaurant   • 3.6 mi   Details

2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, (510) 834-1000
Featuring the tradition of the South and the sophistication of California cuisine. Signature dishes include: Buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken: Crisp Natural Chicken With Smoked Gouda Mac 'N' Cheese (Optional Tableside Truffled Honey Service), Bourbon and Molasses Lacquered Duck.

Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles   • 4.1 mi   Details

336 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA; Tel. 510.444.5705
No trip to Oakland is complete without a stop by roscoe's Chicken & Waffles that has been serving a faithful following of locals and travelers for years. Known throughout the East Bay for its down home Louisiana style smothered fried chicken and for its hearty waffles, Roscoe's is a true Oakland institution. Seriously, there is no other place where you can get fried chicken and Waffles at the same time; nowhere.

Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers   • 5.8 mi   Details

4162 Piedmont Ave., Oakland CA 94611; Tel. 510.655.7180
American. Large burgers topped with virtually anything you can possibly imagine are the staple at Barney's, a definate East Bay fave. Plus, beef isn't the only choice for burgers: turkey, chicken, veggie and tofu are all available. Grab a side of fries and an icy cold beverage, sit back and enjoy classic Oakland burger bliss.

Grand Oaks Restaurant   • 5.8 mi   Details

3701 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA; Tel. 510.451.5253
Probably the best bang for your buck in Oakland, the Grand Oaks Restaurant does all of your classic American favorites excellently and with a friendly and inviting atmosphere. People all over the Bay Area have raved about the house prime rib and we tend to agree with them and it also begs the question; how can they serve food this good and keep the prices so low? We guess that it is just one of life's (or Oakland's) little mysteries.

Hudson   • 5.9 mi   Details

5356 College Ave., Oakland CA 94618
Contemporary American. Hudson, located in the Rockridge district of Oakland, is a fun/relaxed modern-American brasserie with tons of integrity. A warm yet modern interior with a sexy bar/lounge area (open late) and a beautiful dining room create the ideal setting for a everything from a casual family dinner, to an intimate date to a large private event in the lovely private dining room.

Pizza Rustica Café   • 5.9 mi   Details

5422 College Ave., Oakland CA; Tel. 510.654.1601
It seems there's two schools when it comes to pizza; gourmet and, well, what we'll call hearty. Pizza Rustica Cafe falls firmly in the gourmet catagory, but it's certainly not the skimpy gourmet pizza you're used to. With two locations--the one in Oakland's Rockridge district is continually packed-- to serve your pizza needs, a steady stream of take out and limited delivery, there is no reason to still be calling those slapdash national chains.

Rockridge Cafe   • 5.9 mi   Details

5492 College Ave., Oakland, CA; Tel. 510.653.1567
Hands down the best place for breakfast in Oakland, but you need not go there only for the first meal of the day. Rockridge Cafe also does a phenomenally good lunch in the diner style and an excellent, more gourmet dinner. The milkshakes are fantastic, the food is great, the prices seem stuck in a time warp, and the atmosphere screams country diner. Oakland locals know, and you'll know it now, to leave your cell phone off because they don't use the little pests in simple diners.

Zachary's Chicago Pizza   • 6.2 mi   Details

5801 College Ave., Oakland CA 94618; Tel. 510.525.5950
The best stuffed pizza outside of the Windy City itself, Zachary's is firmly situated in that other school of pizza; the gooey, crusty, saucey, chewy, bursting with toppings, kind of bad for you but who cares sort. Still using the freshest ingredients, Zachary's is an Oakland and Berkeley favorite and tops every pizza popularity poll. Equally great for a family night out or a first date, this is one pizza that will leave you craving more even though you've already unbuttoned your top button.

Red Brick Pizza   • 6.3 mi   Details

8460 Edgewater Drive, Oakland CA 94621; Tel. 510.568.9833
"Redbrick" in Italian means "terra cotta stone." It all began centuries ago when only the finest pizzas were baked in a brick oven, on a terra cotta stone. Today RedBrick Pizza combines century old Italian tradition with new world technology to create the world's finest, fresh fire-roasted gourmet pizzas. RedBrick oven sears your pizza at more than 1,000° in just 3 minutes*, directly on their "RedBrick" stone. The result is a delicate golden crust, delicious thin crisp center imbued with fascinating flavors that is healthier and better for you. Qualita Superior Italian cheeses are used with premium gourmet ingredients, and hand rolled dough made fresh daily with heart healthy olive oil.
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California-Mediterranean Cuisine

Bocanova   • 1.7 mi

55 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607, (510) 444-1233
One of the first restaurants to land in the new Jack London Square last September, it is run by the chef Rick Hackett, one of those Chez Panisse alumni. Unlike MarketBar, Mr. Hackett's Mediterranean restaurant in the recently revamped ferry building in San Francisco, Bocanova looks south. The menu, it turns out, was inspired by a family meal - the restaurant staff dinner shared before service - at MarketBar. A couple of staff members made dishes from their South American homelands; Mr. Hackett was impressed and Bocanova was born.
The long menu divides the tapas-sized dishes into sections based on kitchen provenance: the pantry, the raw bar, the fryer, the stoves, the ovens, the grill, the rotisserie. I ordered a glass of Argentine malbec from the mostly South American wine list and dug into the first plate that landed on my table: deviled eggs (one of the most popular dishes on the menu, according to my waiter) stacked high with Dungeness crab and topped with chipotle aioli, giving it a refreshing yet mildly spicy kick. Scallops from the Sea of Cortez followed, perfectly seared, wading in a shallow pool of rich, brown Brazilian curry. The sweet potato and chipotle gratin arrived last, offering a blend of subtle sweetness and bold smokiness.

Asena Restaurant   • 1.9 mi

2508 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 521-4100
Asena features fresh, elegant Cal-Med cuisine and our menu changes every season. Our bread, soups, and most pastas are made by hand, everyday. Our wine list is one of the most comprehensive in the East Bay, and also changes seasonally. We are proud to offer a boutique bar, with many of our own specialty cocktails to compliment your dining experience. We hold annual "meet the winemaker" dinners (which sell out early) and have recently featured Kenwood, Flora Springs, and Alameda's own Rosenblum Cellars. Serving lunch and dinner.

Verbena Restaurant   • 2.2 mi

1111 Broadway, Oakland CA 94607; Tel. 510.465.9300
Located in the atrium of the Shorenstein Building in Oakland's city center lies one of the warmest, most sophisticated restaurants that we have to offer. Verbena does Californian-Mediterranean cuisine like no other, utilizing strong techniques and the freshest ingredients to bring you the best possible dishes. And the menu choices are staggering, everything from simple pizza and burgers give way to dishes like braised lamb shank and salads that definately eat like a meal. Verbena Restaurant is a must for any diners culinary excursions; for lunch, when it's packed with Oakland biz pros, be prepared to take a little longer than you expected, but, hey, you deserve it.

Bay Wolf Café and Restaurant   • 5.4 mi

3853 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611; Tel. 510.655.6004

Californian, Mediterranean. Established in 1975 by chef/ owner Michael Wild, this East Bay staple never misses. Located in a converted Victorian home, Bay Wolf Cafe offers Mediterranean-inspired dishes. The menu changes with the seasons, but Wild's signature duck dishes are always available. The service, like the food, is impeccable and the ambiance is unforgettable.
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Cambodian Cuisine

Battambang Restaurant   • 2.2 mi

850 Broadway, Oakland CA 94606; Tel. 510.839.8815 Cambodian. Battambang specializes in authentic Cambodian fare served in traditional fashion. The food is excellent, if rather on the mild side. Focus your attention on the array of spiced rubbed meat dishes and you won't be disappointed. Battambang also caters to the vegetarian crowd, with meatless dishes dominating the menu. Battambang is a serious dining adventure, so come with an open mind and an empty stomach.

Phnom Penh House   • 2.3 mi

251 Eighth St., Oakland, CA; Tel. 510.893.3825
Phnom Penh House could easily be overlooked as just another Asian eatery in Oakland, but once inside and the wonderful smells of curries hit your nose, you'll know immediately that you've stumbled onto something special. The fine cambodian cuisine can be made as mild or spicy as you can take it, and Phnom Penh doesn't skimp on the portions, all at incredibly low prices. This place is definately a little known Oakland secret, that really does a phenomenal job.
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Chinese Cuisine

Jade Villa   • 2.2 mi

800 Broadway , Oakland CA 94607; Tel. 510.839.1688
Cantonese, Dim Sum. If you want dim sum in Oakland, head to Jade Villa, which never disappoints with its varied menu. Jade Villa is constantly packed with patrons, so it may take a little longer to get seated and through a meal than you're used to, but the wait is well worth it.

Grasshopper   • 6.1 mi

800 Broadway , Oakland CA 94607; Tel. 510.839.1688
Cantonese, Dim Sum. If you want dim sum in Oakland, head to Jade Villa, which never disappoints with its varied menu. Jade Villa is constantly packed with patrons, so it may take a little longer to get seated and through a meal than you're used to, but the wait is well worth it.

The Great Wall Chinese Vegi and Seafood Restaurant   • 6.1 mi

6247 College Ave., Oakland, CA 510.658.8458
Chinese. The Great Wall specializes in unique vegetable and seafood dishes expertly prepared and always extremely satisfying. The Great Wall Chinese Vegi and Seafood Restaurant, although little known, is quickly rising the ranks in the Oakland dining scene; it may look generic, but the quality and taste of the dishes is so above average that you have to try it again and again.
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French Cuisine

Soizic Bistro   • 1.9 mi

300 Broadway , Oakland, CA Tel. 510.251.8100
A seriously phenomenal neighborhood style restaurant near Jack London Square in Oakland, Soizic does California cuisine like few others. It's moderatly priced and relaxingly comfortable, best of all, if you go there a few times, you'll be treated famously by the owners and waitstaff. The food is simple, yet innovative and some of the house specialties are just amazing--try the lamb in maderia sauce, even if you don't particularly like game because this is probably the best lamb we've had. The wine list also compliments the cuisine beautifully and make sure you save some room for the desserts.

Jojo   • 5.4 mi

3859 Piedmont Ave., Oakland CA; Tel. 510.985.3003
French, Californian. This quaint little bistro in Oakland is one of the best French restaurants in the Bay Area, utilizing only the highest quality, freshest local ingredients in simple, yet inspired dishes that consistently please. The cozy, intimate atmosphere and unobtrusive service make for a wonderful dining experience.

Ninna   • 5.7 mi

4066 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA; Tel. 510.601.6441
Ninna utilizes some interesting French techniques and a blend of Thai ingredients to satisfy the appetites of Oakland residents. Most of the dishes are superior in both taste and quality, but still some others are just your usual Thai fare. The atmosphere is universally cozy making Ninna a good place for an intimate evening.

Chez Simone   • 5.7 mi

4125 Piedmont Ave., Oakland CA 94611; Tel. 510.655.1034 French. Chez Simone is one of the best French restaurants in the East Bay, and chef/owner Simone Herault has followed her formula for success for over twenty years. Offering simple dishes like quiches and crepes with more substantial daily specials, Chez Simone packs diners into its small space. Those in the know will always attempt to grab a table on the vine covered balcony.

A Coté   • 6.0 mi

5478 College Ave, Oakland CA 94618; Tel. 510.655.6469
French, Mediterranean. A Coté's menu rests in the French tradition, but is not afraid of short trips all around the Mediterranean in search of the perfect blend of flavors. The lively atmosphere and the beautiful decor combine to give the diner an experience as unique as the food.

Citron   • 6.2 mi

5484 College Ave., Oakland CA 94618
French, Mediterranean, California. Since its inception by Chef/ Owner Christopher Rossi, Citron has established itself as an Oakland landmark catering to those who want the freshest ingredients possible prepared in tantalizing fashion. The ever-changing menu is dominated by French and Mediterranean innovations with a healthy dose of Californian, and is available in both ala carte or prix fixe variations.
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Italian Cuisine

Il Pescatore Restaurant   • 1.7 mi

31 Webster St, Oakland, CA 94607, (510) 465-2188
Located in the heart of Jack London Square. The original menu included classic Tuscan dishes, which are still on the menu today. With the explosion of the Italian food and wine scene in the 1980's, the menu expanded to represent dishes from numerous regions of the Italian peninsula. Il Pescatore features an interior with the appearance of an old wooden ship, and overlooks the Oakland Estuary waterfront from almost every vantage point. Serving lunch and dinner.

Cafe 817   • 2.1 mi

817 Washington St., Oakland, CA; Tel. 510.271.7965
Cafe 817 is a trendy downtown Oakland cafe that specializes in serving the demanding lunchtime crowd offering up delicious authentic Italian sandwiches and entrees. Also, if you've already eaten and are in the neighborhood, stop in for the best espresso in Oakland.

Spettro   • 5.8 mi

3355 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA, 510.465.8320
Spettro is a casual, funky little spot with a menu that can best be described as quirky, but if you're looking for something different--and a place to bring the kids--this neighborhood restaurant in Oakland could be just the ticket. Don't let us lead you to believe that Spettro only serves eclectic food, there's pizzas and some more traditional Italian fare, but dining out is supposed to be an adventure and Spettro delivers.

Dopo   • 5.9 mi

4293 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA 510-652-3676
Chef-owner Jon Smulewitz and his staff create each day's menu using fresh fish and seasonal vegetables to celebrate regional Italian cooking and then add lesser-known, seasonally driven dishes to the mix. Patrons can always find pizzas and excellent lasagna, but the real treats are the more obscure antipasti and house-made pasta dishes. Don't expect heavily sauced or cheese-laden offerings; these creations are elegantly prepared, deceptively simple and dead-on delicious. Some recent favs: radicchio and ricotta tortelloni, crostone of braised octopus with saffron and pesce crudo (think Italian sashimi). Lunch is more stripped down-salads, pizzas and panini, though the dishes stand above the ordinary. Ending your meal with Dopo's signature dessert, the Diplomatico, will send you happily on your way-and plotting your next return. Lunch Mon.-Fri. and dinner Mon.-Sat.

Filippo's   • 5.9 mi

5400 College Ave., Oakland, CA; Tel. 510.601.8646
An Italian restaurant that is fast becoming an Oakland institution, Filippo's serves up great food in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Located in the Rockridge district, Filippo's is hearty and satisfying, but also offers items for those wanting something on the lighter side; also they cater to the needs of vegetarians.

Oliveto Café & Restaurant   • 6.0 mi

5655 College Ave. Oakland, CA 94618
Northern Italian. Oliveto offers regional favorites and some interesting specialties in the Northern Italian tradition. Menu selections change dramatically with the seasons. Actually two restaurants in one, Oliveto features a whimsical cafe atmosphere on the ground floor and a more romantic venue upstairs for that special night out. Meats, including some wild game dishes, and innovative yet simple pastas dominate the menu.
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Japanese Cuisine

Yoshi's at Jack London Square   • 2.0 mi

510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607; 510.238.9200
Everybody should know Yoshi's for its world renowned live Jazz, but there's another side to it, a decent Japanese restaurant where you can get any entree your heart desires. Yoshi's is a serious Oakland staple for a great night out on the town for dinner and a show, but in order to get the best seats for the live music, get there early.

Sushi House   • 2.9 mi

2375 Shore Line Dr, Alameda, CA 94501,(510) 865-0999 Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. Located in the heart of the South Shore Shopping Center in Alameda. Serving lunch and dinner.

Uzen   • 5.9 mi

5415 College Ave., Oakland CA 94618; Tel. 510.654.7753
This tiny Japanese restaurant boast such expertise of culinary skills that even your everyday fare like teriyaki and udon are done on a different level making Uzen one of Oakland's best. And here's a word to the wise, Uzen's chefs only buy enough fresh fish for their sushi to get them through the day, so if your tastes lean toward the more popular choices, get there early and you won't be disappointed.

Isobune   • 6.2 mi

5897 College Ave., Oakland, CA; Tel. 510.601.1424 Isobune is a constantly packed sushi bar in Oakland that caters to lunch and dinner goers with equal zeal. Some of the best and friendliest service in town is combined with sushi that tastes as if it was just released off the hook; Japanese favorites are also served at this affordable Oakland restaurant.
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Mexican Cuisine

La Penca Azul   • 2.0 mi

1440 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 769-9110
For over 25 years, the Guzman family has been serving up delicious Mexican food and margaritas to happy customers in Alameda. La Penca Azul has been chosen the 1st place winner of the 2011 San Francisco BayList for Best Mexican food in the Bay Area. Featuring authentic fresh food, and of course, our famous margaritas. Hours: 7am-3am Mon-Sun. Taco Bar opens at 6am.

Mexicali Rose   • 2.1 mi

701 Clay St., Oakland, CA; Tel. 510.451.2450
Serving traditional Mexican favorites from breakfast through closing time, Mexicali Rose has been a fantastic place in Oakland for solid Mexican food for decades. Also, the full service bar serves up one of the best margaritas you're going to find in Oakland. The service is casual and effecient, and the decor is something straight out of the fifties bucking current trends of other Mexican eateries

Otaez Mexicatessen   • 2.3 mi

3872 International Blvd., Oakland CA; Tel. 510.536.0909
Serving classic Mexican dishes is the staple at Otaez Mexicatessen in Oakland's Fruitvale district, but you've got to pop in any day of the week to catch the awesome daily and seasonal specials that take you through a taste bud excursion all over Mexico. Especially wholesome are the traditional soups which are put out fresh daily and never fail to warm you up on a cold day. Also, Otaez recently added an excellent taqueria to its already extensive menu, where you can get more gringo-style fare.

Dona Tomas   • 5.2 mi

5004 Telegraph Ave., Oakland CA; Tel. 510.450.0522 Mexican. Oakland's premier Mexican eatery, Dona Tomas does everything classy, from the food to the cocktails. The restaurant's main dining hall is a hip, vibrant space where diners can sample a variety of innovative Mexican dishes done with a signature Californian flair. Add a tequila list that tops 25 varieties, a good selection of mescals, and a special cocktail list, and it's easy to see why Dona Tomas is always so packed. Here's a hint for the romantic set: get a table on the back patio and then let the food and cocktails do the rest.
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Seafood

Scott's Seafood Grill & Bar   • 1.9 mi

Jack London Square, 2 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607, (510) 444-3456 For more than 30 years, Scott's Restaurant has been the standard by which fresh seafood, professional services and commitment to quality have been known in the East Bay. Located in the heart of Jack London Square, Scott's serves only the finest freshly prepared cuisine, with a professional, courteous staff ready to make your dining experience a memorable occasion. Whether you visit us for Lunch, Dinner or Champagne Jazz Brunch, your dining experience is promised to be as delicious as it is pleasurable.

Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill   • 2.4 mi

1520 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA 94612, (510) 208-5253 Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, opened in August of 2009, was created by veteran restaurateurs Gar and Lara Truppelli (Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant and Park Chalet Garden Restaurant in San Francisco). Featuring a vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot. Serving lunch and dinner.

S&S Seafood   • 5.2 mi

4923 Telegraph Ave, Oakland CA 94609; Tel. 510.654.5504 Everything comes fried at S&S Seafood in Oakland, but that's how it's done with Southern style seafood and, believe us, you'd be hard pressed to find any better than here. Breaded in a spicy cornmeal crust and served piping hot, everything from the fish to the oysters comes plenitful at this little, mostly take out, joint. The portions are huge--get the regular unless you're sharing, or grab the small if you're just midly hungry--and you will see why S&S Seafood has been a local Oakland fave for well over a decade.
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Vietnamese Cuisine

Le Cheval   • 2.3 mi

1007 Clay St, Oakland CA 94607; Tel. 510.763.8495
Vietnamese. The see and be seen place in Oakland and also a fantastic Vietnamese restaurant, Le Cheval artfully blends exquisite flavors to provide the diner with gastronomic trip around Southeast Asia. The service is effecient and the atmosphere is totally hip and loud. Go with a group of friends and both your wallets and stomachs will not be disappointed.

Huynh   • 3.5 mi

381 15th St., Oakland CA 94612; Tel. 510.832.5238
Vietnamese. Once a very simple Vietnamese lunch spot, Huynh's remarkable makeover has transformed it into a swanky Oakland dining destination that serves some of the best Vietnamese cuisine in the Bay Area. Always delicious and a bargain during lunch, Huynh's is a relaxed, casual spot that offers quick, friendly service, with decor and atmosphere that will make you want to linger.
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Other Cuisine

TJ's Gingerbread House (Soul Food)   • 2.3 mi

741 5th St., Oakland, CA 94607; Tel. 510.444.7373 Located near Jack London Square in Oakland and serving our needs for down home Cajun cooking with attitude and charm, TJ's Gingerbread House, if it isn't already an Oakland landmark, it certainly should be. For over 30 years, chef/ owner TJ Robinson has been keeping her watchful eye on the spicy fare, while charming all of her customers; and, please take note of this, making the best cornbread in the world, seriously we dare you to find a challenger. TJ's is truely an Oakland must.

Ma's Caribbean Cuisine and Roti Shop   • 2.5 mi

1711 Telegraph Ave., Oakland CA 94612; Tel. 510.444.7684
A truly down home experience and one that is unique to Oakland, Ma's Caribbean Cuisine is as casual as casual dining gets. The food has just the right spices and the roti, grilled flatbread bursting with savory meats and vegies, can satisfy any appetite. The friendly demeanor of Ma and her family alone are reason enough to stop in and grab a bite. Ma's Caribbean is a true Oakland favorite.

Golden Lotus (Vegetarian)   • 2.6 mi

1301 Franklin St., Oakland CA; Tel. 510.893.0383
Vegetarian. You won't miss the meat when you dine at Golden Lotus-the chefs are so skilled at manipulating soy protien, wheat gluten, nuts and vegetables to mimic the textures and flavors of meat that you'd swear you're eating the real thing. How they can offer around a hundred menu choices, everyone of them different and tantalizing, still baffles us, but we're glad they do. A phenomenal value for the money and always delicious, it's no wonder the Golden Lotus is an Oakland favorite.

Jamaica Station   • 5.1 mi

4929 Shattuck Ave., Oakland CA 94609; Tel. 510.597.1539
Jamaican. For a true feeling of the islands right in Oakland, swing by the Jamaican Station, sit back with a beer and prepare for a meal that will definately wake up your taste buds. Jerk chicken, goat curry, saltfish and other Jamaican specialties are delicious, and all are served with so many sides that you'll be hard pressed to find a better value. The only downside is the incredibly long wait for the food, but, hey, it's island time.

Koryo Wooden Charcoal Barbecue (Korean)   • 5.1 mi

4390 Telegraph Ave., Suite J, Oakland CA; Tel. 510.652.6007
For Korean barbecue in Oakland you can't beat Koryo, the food is bright and delicious, there's plenty of it, and you grill the meats yourself. Each of the entrees is served witha variety of sides that make certain each trip to Koryo's will be a different one because it's impossible to try everything in one sitting. The service leaves a little something to be desired, but that's not what you go to Korean barbecues for.

Organic Café (Vegan)   • 5.6 mi

1050 40th St., Oakland, CA 510.653.6510
A simple vegan restaurant specializing in bringing the ultra-health conscious strictly organic ingredients. The baked goods, breads, and desserts are the main focus here, but if you're so inclined check out one of the only vegan weekend brunches in Oakland.
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Oakland & San Francisco Shoppings

A Shopper's Dream Come True

Leave some room in your luggage for all the shopping you'll do on both sides of the San Francisco Bay! Shopping in Oakland & San Francisco is a pleasure with shopping districts that offer such a huge variety of shops and department stores that you are sure to find what you are looking for, and have a great time while you're at it.

Center Shopping Mall - San Francisco & Oakland Shopping Districts & Malls

Oakland's shopping districts vary from quiet, tree-lined streets to bustling commercial corridors. Parking is plentiful, inexpensive and there is no mall congestion to endure. From nearby Jack London Square and Alameda Town Center (1.8 mi), to Old Town and KoreaTown (3.2 mi), Oakland offers a mix of unique shopping districts, and shopping malls and centers. The only thing more dynamic than the 40 shopping districts is the world of gifts and products found throughout Oakland - the most culturally and ethnically diverse city in America.

Shopping on the west side of the Bay in San Francisco is a pleasure with shopping districts that offer such a huge variety of shops and department stores. Iconoclastic shopping areas such as Union Square, Market District, Chinatown, Ghiradelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Northpoint Shopping Center, and others, are located within an easy drive of the Executive Inn, or, take the Jack London Ferry to Fisherman's Wharf and use the San Francisco Trolley system for an inexpensive, easy, and fun way to get around.

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Jack London Square

Website   •   1.8 miles
Embarcadero at Broadway, Oakland, CA    (510) 521-1515

Oakland Jack London Square

Experience the natural beauty of Oakland's waterfront jewel, Jack London Square. Discover innovative dining opportunities or return to well-loved favorites. Enjoy expansive lawns, picturesque piers and sun-drenched walking paths. Shop in some of Oakland's unique local boutiques. Steps from downtown, but a world away.

Rich in local history, the East Bay's premier waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment destination attracts more than 6 million visitors annually. Jack London Square is home to 30 restaurants, a host of national and local retailers, cinemas, and the Port of Oakland headquarters. Shops range from Barnes & Nobles and Beverages & More to Karibu Ethnic Gifts and California Canoe & Kayak. Nearby 2nd Street has additional shopping opportunities including Cost Plus World Market and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Jack London Square Ferry: Leave the car, and the problems of finding a parking space and paying the high parking fees behind. Take the Jack London Ferry to your West Bay destination. Known as the Alameda/Oakland Ferry, ferry service between Alameda Main Street - Jack London Square, Oakland - San Francisco Ferry Bldg. - San Francisco Pier 39.

Steeped in maritime lore, Jack London Square is one of Oakland's most identifiable landmarks and a symbol of the city's history as a seaport. Fronting a natural estuary leading to San Francisco Bay, the site was the heart of Oakland's port operations, linking the industries of shipping and agriculture. It remains a vibrant working waterfront.

Oakland Jack London Square

Jack London (January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916) was an American author who wrote The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea Wolf along with many other popular books. A pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first Americans to make a lucrative career exclusively from writing.

Jack London History Walk - A path celebrating Jack London's past: Distinctive wolf tracks can be found throughout Jack London Square. Diamond-shaped historic markers highlight facts about Jack London, the Port of Oakland, the waterfront, and the City of Oakland. The stroll begins in front of Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon and ends at the Presidential Yacht Potomac.

Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon - Historic Bar and Historic Site: Originally built in 1880 from the timbers of an old whaling ship, this structure once served as a bunk house for those who worked in local oyster beds. Later, Johnny Heinold transformed this building into a saloon that Jack London often frequented.

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Old Oakland District

Website   •   2.3 miles
LOCATION: Broadway to Clay Street from 7th Street to 10th Street , Oakland, CA    510-343-5439

Old Oakland is a historic district in downtown Oakland, California. The area is located on the northwest side of Broadway, between the City Center complex and the Jack London Square district, and across Broadway from Chinatown.

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The Old Oakland district was the "original" downtown Oakland during the 1860s after Central Pacific Railroad constructed a terminus on 7th Street. By the 1870s it was the bustling heart of town, elegant brick Victorian hotels were being built in the blocks surrounding the railroad station to accommodate travelers. The ground floor of the hotels were designed as series of narrow shops so that pedestrians would pass by many of them just walking down the block. The architectural styles of the time featured tall, cast-iron columns and large plate-glass windows.

Today, these buildings are regarded as the finest collection of commercial Victorians on the West Coast. Along old-fashioned brick sidewalks are 15 cafes and restaurants, Swan's Marketplace, fashionable art galleries, specialty shops, and gourmet markets, including Ratto's, the oldest international grocer in the West. A Friday farmers market, brew pub, outdoor concerts and cultural events are popular attractions.

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KoreaTown-Northgate District

Website   •   3.2 miles
LOCATION: Telegraph Avenue from 20th Street to 34th Street, Oakland, CA    510-343-5439

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The KoreaTown-Northgate district is a lively and diverse business district on Telegraph Avenue between 20th and 35th Streets in Oakland, California. KoreaTown-Northgate includes an important Korean-American commercial center, a creative arts community that participates in the monthly First Friday Art Murmur event, Alta Bates-Summit Medical Center and other healthcare services, new residential projects including the Telegraph (old Sears) Lofts and a growing variety of multi-ethnic restaurants, shops and services that are working to revitalize the neighborhood.

The KoreaTown-Northgate district is situated in-between Oakland's growing Uptown Arts and Entertainment District and the thriving Temescal-Telegraph business district. It also sits adjacent to the Broadway Auto Row district and the MacArthur BART station, two areas that are planning for major new residential and mixed use projects.

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PIER 39

Website   •   8.4 miles
LOCATION: The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA    415) 705-5500

Pier 39 is a shopping center and popular tourist attraction built on a pier in San Francisco. At Pier 39, there are many shops, restaurants, a video arcade, street performances, an interpretive center for the Marine Mammal Center, the Aquarium of the Bay, virtual 3D rides, and views of California sea lions sunning themselves out on docks on Pier 39's marina.

PIER 39 - San Francisco & Oakland Shopping Districts & Malls

The Pier 39 marina is also home to the floating Forbes Island restaurant. A two-story carousel is one of the pier's more notable features, although it is not directly visible from the street and sits towards the end of the pier. Family-oriented entertainment and the presence of marine mammals such as the seals make this a popular stop for families with kids.

Located at the edge of the Fisherman's Wharf district, Pier 39 is close to North Beach, Chinatown, and the Embarcadero. The area is easily accessible via the historic F Market streetcars. From the pier you can see Angel Island, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Bay Bridge.

Pier 39 Sea Lions

California Sea Lions have been always present in San Francisco Bay. They started to haul out on docks of Pier 39 in September 1989. Before that they mostly used Seal Rock for that purpose. Ever since September 1989 the number of sea lions on Seal Rock has been steadily decreasing, while their number on Pier 39 has generally increased. Some people speculate that sea lions moved to docks because of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, but the earthquake occurred months after the first sea lions had arrived at Pier 39. It is likely that the sea lions feel safer inside the Bay.

Although the reason for their migration to the pier is unclear, the refurbishing of the docks in September 1989 required the removal of all boats from that area, leaving large open spaces for the sea lions to move into. Once the project was completed, boat owners returned, but did their best to navigate around the sea lions; no efforts were made to encourage the new guests to leave.

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Union Square

Website • 12.2 miles
LOCATION: 865 Market Street, San Francisco, CA    (415) 512-6776

Union Square is a plaza of 2.6 acres bordered by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets in San Francisco, California. "Union Square" also refers to the central shopping, hotel, and theater district that surrounds the plaza for several blocks. The area got its name because it was once used for rallies and support for the Union Army during the Civil War.

San Francisco Union Square

Today, this one-block plaza and nearby area is one of the largest collections of department stores, upscale boutiques, tourist trinket shops, art galleries, and salons in the Western United States, which continue to make Union Square a major tourist draw, a vital, cosmopolitan place in downtown San Francisco, and one of the world's premier shopping districts.

Over the years, Union Square became a popular shopping destination. It boasts six major department stores: Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. Union Square is also home to several famous upscale boutiques like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Stuart Weitzman, Burberry, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Boucheron, Hugo Boss, Tiffany & Co., Piaget, De Beers, Bulgari, Polo Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Salvatore Ferragamo, Cartier, Bijan, Marc Jacobs, Hermès and Ermenegildo Zegna. It is also home to the country's first Goyard boutique (located on the corner of Powell and Post) and also a block from the Square (located near Post and Kearney) is one of San Francisco's oldest retailers, Gump's.

There are more stores located inside the newly renovated Westfield San Francisco Centre, just south of Union Square along Market Street; the shopping center is anchored by the Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom stores. Old Navy, Forever 21, Anthropologie, Apple Store, United Colors of Benetton, Urban Outfitters, Abercrombie & Fitch, Puma, Gap and American Eagle Outfitters are also located along Market Street, just 2-3 blocks south of Union Square respectively. Two venerable San Francisco institutions, jeweler, Shreve & Co, and clothier Wilkes Bashford, are also located within one block of the square.

There are also several cases of redundancy among retailers. H&M has three stores in Union Square (on Powell, on Post, and inside the Westfield San Francisco Centre). Zara, MNG by Mango, Kenneth Cole, Guess, Juicy Couture, Tumi, BCBG Max Azria, Banana Republic, and Coach both have stores around Union Square and inside the Westfield San Francisco Centre. One of two shopping malls in the area with the other being the Crocker Galleria at the far eastern end of the area bordering the Financial District.

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Fisherman's Wharf

Website • 13.8 miles
LOCATION: Fisherman's Wharf roughly encompasses the northern waterfront area of San Francisco from Ghirardelli Square or Van Ness Avenue east to Pier 35 or Kearny Street.

Once a major fishing pier, Fisherman's Wharf has become the most popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, with great views of the ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco. The Wharf offers plenty to do, with seafood restaurants and shopping from one end to the other. One thing is for sure: There's something for everyone at Fisherman's Wharf: food, views, history, family fun and more.

Fisherman's Wharf

Dining: A food lover's haven, Fisherman's Wharf boasts some of the best dining in the world. Salivate over fresh Dungeness crab served steaming hote at outdoor stands or in a variety of gourmet recipes at the Wharf's many seafood restaurants. Smell the fresh sourdough bread baking. Savor locally made chocolate. The Wharf's eclectic mix of international cuisine is sure to please.

Entertainment: During the day, street performers are here to tirelessly entertain you: magicians, mimes, musicians, jugglers, clowns and fire-eaters take pride in their efforts to make you feel welcome at Fisherman's Wharf. At night the wharf offers live music, theater, dancing, comedy clubs and much more.

Alcatraz Island: Select the button to the right for details on Alcatraz Island.

Cable Cars: San Francisco is one of few places in the world where people can ride on a national historic landmark. Refurbished and equipped with new tracks, cables, turntables and cable propulsion machinery, San Francisco's famed cable cards operate much as they did on August 2, 1873 when Andrew S. Hallidie guided the first car down the Clay Street grade. Two of the three cable car lines stop in Fisherman’s Wharf. Catch the Powell-Mason line at Taylor St. and Bay St., or the Powell-Hyde line at Hyde St. and Beach St.

Hyde Street Pier: Hyde Street Pier is home of the world's largest collection of historic ships by tonnage, where visitors can board several National Landmark vessels, including the schooner Alma and the 1890 ferryboat Eureka. Hyde Street Pier also offers regular ranger guided tours, chantey sings, special programs and hands-on demonstrations for all ages.

Sea Lions: One of Fisherman's Wharf's most popular attractions, the amazing sea lions of PIER 39 hold huge appeal for visitors of all ages. Most of the year, you can find hundreds of these local sea mammals gathered on the docks beside PIER 39, cavorting, eating and basking in the sun. Their numbers vary depending on time of year, but their distinct barks can always be heard from blocks away.

Angel Island: The other island you see from Fisherman's Wharf is Angel Island, one of the last undeveloped islands left in the San Francisco Bay. It is maintained by the National Park Service and can be used for biking, hiking and picnics. Additional information is available at www.angelisland.org.

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Ghirardelli Square Shopping Center

Website • 14.1 miles
LOCATION: 900 North Point St, San Francisco, CA 94109   (415) 775-5500

Ghirardelli Square delights visitors with its lively retail mix, while maintaining Ghirardelli’s tradition as a trendsetter for the rest of the world. In 1982 the owners applied for and were granted National Historic Register status, a move that ensured the preservation of Ghirardelli Square for future generations.

Ghirardelli Square Shopping Center in San Francisco

Ghirardelli Square, considered the first successful adaptive reuse project in the country. This specialty retail and dining complex, housing shops and restaurants, was originally a chocolate factory established by Domenico Ghirardelli.

Between 1852 and 1895, Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Factory was located at four different sites before the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company took over the Pioneer Woolen Mills on North Point Street—today’s site of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Manufactory & Soda Fountain and Ghirardelli Square. In the 1960s the chocolate manufacturing operation was sold and transferred to San Leandro. A group of San Franciscans, fearing Ghirardelli Square might be demolished, purchased the property. Unique shops and restaurants were created within the old factory, combining the latest in retailing and fine cuisine with the flavor of old San Francisco. The project officially opened on November 29, 1964.

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Other Oakland & San Francisco Bay Area Shopping


Shaw Plaza LLC   •   2.2 miles
2138 Broadway, Oakland, CA    (510) 451-2335

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Eastmont Town Center   •   3.8 miles
7200 Bancroft Ave # 2, Oakland, CA    (510) 635-2966

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Crocker Galleria  •  8.7 mi
50 Post Street San Francisco CA USA 94105   415-393-1505
Located in San Francisco's Financial District, beautiful skylight center with many shops and restaurants.

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San Francisco Antique and Design Mall  •  9.5 - mi
701 Bayshore Blvd San Francisco CA USA 94124
Find a large selection and variety of fine antiques and collectibles for your home. Features San Francisco's best antique and design specialists.

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Westfield San Francisco Centre   •   12.4 miles
865 Market Street, San Francisco, CA    (415) 512-6776
Westfield San Francisco Centre is an upscale, urban shopping center located in San Francisco that is anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale's, and includes a Century Theatres multiplex, a Bristol Farms gourmet grocery store and a branch of San Francisco State University.

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Metreon   •   12.2 miles
101 4th Street, San Francisco, CA    (415) 369-6000
The Metreon is a four-story 350000 square foot shopping center located in downtown San Francisco at the corner of 4th St. and Mission St. Built over the corner of the underground Moscone Center convention center

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Northpoint Shopping Center   •   13.1 miles
350 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA    415) 391-2956
Northpoint Shopping Center is located in the heart of the San Francisco, close to Fisherman's Wharf, and Chinatown. The San Francisco Trolley system offers free seasonal transportation to and from area hotels.

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Stonestown Galleria  • 13.3 mi
3251 20th Ave. San Francisco CA USA 94132
Stonestown Galleria offers a number of stores, including Williams-Sonoma, Borders Books and Macy's. The mall is located in southwest San Francisco and offers free parking.

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Oakland & San Francisco Bay Area Sports Venues

San Francisco Bay Area Sports . . . it's always ON!

The Oakland sports scene is active with teams in nearly every major professional sport, including the Oakland Athletics (MLB), Oakland Raiders (NFL), Golden State Warriors (NBA), and just across the Bay you can go watch the San Francisco professional sports teams as well(San Francisco Giants (MLB), San Francisco 49ers (NFL).

Oakland & San Francisco Bay Area Sports Venues

There are two major centers for professional sporting events in Oakland: Oakland-Alameda Coliseum (home of the Athletics and Raiders) and The Oracle Arena (home of the Golden State Warriors) are located in downtown Oakland, contributing to an urban renaissance that has transformed the city's center into a day-and-night destination for folks traveling to this area.

If you venture in to San Francisco check out a San Francisco 49ers game at Candlestick Park or head on over to AT&T park to catch a defending World Champion's San Francisco Giants game. It is always a great day for family at the numerous sport's venues the Bay Area has to offer.

And, don't forget college sports. Berkeley is about 7 miles from the Bayside Hotel Oakland, and is home of some of the country's best (and well-known) collegiate teams (Cal Bears football, baseball, basketball, and much more). Cal Berkeley's Memorial Stadium and Haas Pavillion are home to many of their teams, and are just minutes away.

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O.co Coliseum (formerly Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

NFL Oakland Raiders & Oakland A's Home Field

Website   •   3.2 mi
LOCATION: 7000 Coliseum Way # 1, Oakland, CA 94621-1917

The first crowd filled the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 18, 1966 when the AFL's Oakland Raiders played the Kansas City Chiefs. The adjacent arena celebrated its grand opening on November 9, 1966 when the Oakland Seals met the San Diego Gulls for an NHL game.

O.co Coliseum (formerly Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum) - NFL Oakland Raiders & Oakland A's Home Field

In the following 32 years, the Oakland Alameda County Arena and Coliseum Complex has hosted a spectrum of events in both the sporting and entertainment industries including concerts, circus, boxing, rodeos, religious speakers and ice shows. Audiences numbering nearly 100 million have made Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and Oracle Arena the premier entertainment facilities in Northern California.

O.co Coliseum, originally named Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, is part of a 120-acre sports complex located directly off Interstate 880. The Arena in Oakland, home of the Golden State Warriors, is next door.

What's in a name?

In September 2008, the name reverted to the pre-1997 name (from O.co Coliseum) to the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum. The stadium retained its original name until April 2011, when it was renamed Overstock.com Coliseum in a 6 years deal with online retailer Overstock.com. In June 2011, the Coliseum was renamed O.co Coliseum, after Overstock.com's marketing name. However, due to a contract dispute with the Athletics regarding the naming rights deal, the A's continue to refer to the stadium as the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum in all official team communications and on team websites.

Despite the different name changes, locals generally refer to the stadium as "The Coliseum." This fits the trend of older stadium renamings being rejected by the general public.

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Oracle Arena

Golden State Warriors Basketball

Website   •   4.9 mi
LOCATION: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621

The Oracle (originally Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena and commonly Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oracle Arena, The New Arena and The O) is an indoor arena located in the Coliseum Industrial area. It was originally constructed as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena (part of the combined complex that includes the multipurpose outdoor stadium in 1966.

Oracle Arena

Franchises to call the arena home

The arena has been home to the Golden State Warriors since 1971. It had been used by the Warriors intermittently as early as 1966. The California Golden Bears of the Pac-10 played the entire 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons at the arena while their primary home, Harmon Gym, was being renovated into Haas Pavilion. For some years before then, the Bears played occasional games against popular non-conference opponents at the arena.

The arena's first tenants were the California Seals of the Western Hockey League, who moved across the bay from the Cow Palace in 1966. The team changed its operating name from San Francisco Seals to California Seals in order to draw fans from both San Francisco and Oakland. The Seals franchise continued to play at the arena after having transferred to the NHL, until the team moved to Cleveland after the 1975–76 NHL season.

The Coliseum also hosted the American Basketball Association's Oakland Oaks (1967-1969), a charter member of the new ABA in 1967. Regardless of initial success, the team was plagued by poor attendance was sold following their ABA Championship. They were relocated to Washington and became the Washington Caps.

The Bay Bombers (Roller Derby, 1966–1973) as well as the Golden Bay Earthquakes of the original MISL during the 1982-83 season and the Oakland Skates, a professional roller hockey team, all played there from 1993 to 1995.

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California Memorial Stadium

Home of Cal Berkeley Football

Website   •   7.7 mi
LOCATION: 2223 Fulton St. 1st Floor Berkeley, CA 94720

Memorial Stadium was built to honor Berkeley alumni, students, and other Californians who died in World War I, and modeled after the Colosseum in Rome, Memorial Stadium was named one of the 40 best college football stadiums by the Sporting News. The team also has produced two of the oddest and most memorable plays in college football: Roy "Wrong Way" Riegels' fumble recovery and run toward the Cal goal line in the 1929 Rose Bowl, and The Play in the 1982 Big Game with the winning kickoff return after five laterals.

California Memorial Stadium

Decades after its 1923 opening, the setting of Memorial Stadium remains one of the most breathtaking sights in all of college athletics. The plush wall of pine trees in the Berkeley Hills to the east is contrasted by a panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay and three bridges to the west. Designed by world-renowned architect John Galen Howard and co-designers G.F. Buckingham and E.E. Carpenter, the stadium is a tribute to their architectural talents, skills that were years ahead of their time. Fans who attend games today still marvel at the beauty of the structure, modeled after the Colosseum in Rome, and comment about the easy viewing for spectators from all angles within the stadium.

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Haas Pavilion

Home of Cal Berkeley Basketball

Website   •   7.8 mi

115 Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA 94720, 510-642-7989
The Walter A. Haas, Jr. Pavilion is the home of the University of California, Berkeley's men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, and men's and women's gymnastics teams. The arena is located in the middle of the main University of California sports complex, overlooking Evans Diamond (baseball) and Edwards Stadium (track/soccer).

Haas Pavilion - Cal Berkeley Basketball

When the construction of Haas was first proposed, alumni and fans wanted to ensure that the intimidating homecourt advantage Harmon provided could be maintained in a building twice its size. Haas was created specifically with this in mind. Consequently, sound-baffling devices were omitted intentionally, and student seating has doubled from 1,300 seats in Harmon to 2,600 seats in Haas, with about 900 courtside. In an attempt to keep Haas as intimate as Harmon, designers built the arena with the last row of seats just 88 feet from the floor. Nearly 2,000 club seats with chair backs have been installed in the arena. The arena features two high-resolution video boards, more than 50 television monitors throughout the building and a team store. The elegant Haas Club Room, which overlooks Evans Baseball Diamond, provides a spacious banquet area.

The Golden Bears first played basketball intercollegiately in 1907 and began full conference play in 1915. The 1920s was the dominant decade for Cal basketball, as the Bears won 6 conference titles under coaches E.H. Wright and Nibs Price. Cal reached the pinnacle of the sport during the tenure of Pete Newell, who was head coach from 1955 to 1960. The Golden Bears earned the conference title four out of his five years and in 1959, won the NCAA title. In Newell's last year, Cal came close to another NCAA title, but lost to Ohio State in the final.

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Candlestick Park

Home Field of the San Francisco 49ers

Website   •   9.3 mi
490 Jamestown Avenue, Room 400, San Francisco, CA 94124-3999     (415) 656-4949

Candlestick Park

Candlestick Park (also commonly referred to as Candlestick or The Stick) is an outdoor sports and entertainment stadium located in San Francisco, California in the Bayview Heights area. The stadium was originally built as the home of Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants, who played there from 1960 until moving into Pacific Bell Park (since renamed AT&T Park) in 2000. Currently it is the home field of the San Francisco 49ers.

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AT&T Park

Home Field of the San Francisco Giants

AT&T Park

AT&T Park is home to the San Francisco Giants, of Major League Baseball. Originally named Pacific Bell Park, then renamed SBC Park in 2003, as a result of the SBC acquisition of Pacific Bell, the stadium was ultimately christened AT&T Park on March 3, 2006, just two years after it had adopted the SBC Park name.

When it opened in March 2000, the ballpark was the first Major League ballpark built without public funds since the completion of Dodger Stadium in 1962. However, the Giants did receive a $10 million tax abatement from the city and $80 million for upgrades to the local infrastructure (including a connection to the Muni Metro). The Giants have a 66-year lease on the 12.5-acre ballpark site. The park opened with a seating capacity of 40,800, but this has increased over time as seats have been added.

AT&T Park has also hosted a range of other sporting(primarily football games) and hosts musical events on a regular basis.

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