Oakland is a port city in the Bay Area of California in the United States of America. The city was rated by Rand McNally as having the best weather in the country. While Oakland doesn’t have the concentration of tourist amenities present in its cosmopolitan western-neighbor San Francisco, nor the suburban safety of sprawling San Jose to the south, the visitor can easily spend a few pleasant days here. The often negative opinion of Oakland is sometimes exaggerated and should not deter you from exploring what is the Bay Area’s most diverse city and underrated cultural center.
The city gets its name because it is heavily populated with oak trees. For the visitor, Oakland offers major sports teams, its somewhat eccentric shopping districts, and the beautiful homes of its hills, and several nice areas in its flatlands. Oakland is comprised of several distinct neighborhoods, all of which host a heady mix of cultures and people.