When you arrive in Oaktown, explore the lengthy history of the area, which stretches from pre-colonization to today. The Spanish colonized the Bay in the 1700s and you can see the influence in architecture and naming conventions used throughout the city. In the 1920s, Oakland’s population expanded greatly thanks to an influx of factory and manufacturing jobs, which led to an increase in era-appropriate office buildings, apartment buildings, and single-family homes that are still standing today.
Oakland International Airport is conveniently located near the freeway and easily accessible by train. Getting around Oakland in general is easy thanks to public transit via BART trains and AC Transit buses. You can also use ride share services, bikes, or electric scooters. Once you find the travel option that works for you, discover all the options for great dining and exploring that the city offers.
Oakland’s history is rooted in social justice as well as urban development and migration. If you’re a literary fan, discover the Jack London District, named for the beloved author. His cabin home, where he lived in the Klondike, has been relocated to the district’s square. In Old Oakland, explore the neighborhood that was the western end of the Transcontinental Railroad. Enjoy walking tours, dining, and boutique shopping around the neighborhood. At the African American Museum and Library you can learn about the history of African Americans in California and the western United States, in addition to the history of Black rights and civil rights—and some of their origins in Oakland.