Oakland, in what locals call the “East Bay”, is an important center of culture, history, and unique experiences in California. The landscape, first inhabited by Ohlone and other indigenous people, includes historic industrial areas, a vibrant downtown, Victorian architecture, and active, charming neighborhoods.
Oakland become a destination for travelers. Locals are generally welcoming. As always when visiting, curiosity and respect will help engender friendly vibes. There are so many wonderful things to do and see in Oakland so it’s unfair to summarize a rich and complex place in a few words. It’s best to learn, go out, and thoughtfully discover the vibes of Oakland while taking in amazing sights along the waterfront, Lake Merritt, and East Bay hills.