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San Francisco Walking Tour: Fishermans Wharf to the Golden Gate Bridge
"Experience the natural side of San Francisco where the city meets the sea on our easy-going walk along the San Francisco's northern waterfront. We walk on easy coastal trails and footpaths that offer a true escape from the bustling city streets to refreshing panoramic bay views. Our guides offer a glimpse into the rich history of the Bay and Golden Gate a story that goes back thousands of years to the settlements of Coastal Miwok and Oholone Indians the 16th century European exploration of the California Coast the establishment of forts and missions in the Spanish era
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San Francisco City Insider Tour with Optional Bay Cruise and Ferry to Sausalito
"You’ll be picked up from your downtown or Fisherman’s Wharf hotel in San Francisco and taken on a 4- to 5-hour city tour aboard a comfortable minivan. Your guide will show you must-see attractions such as Union Square Chinatown Haight-Ashbury Twin Peaks and North Beach and will also take you to off the beaten path places offering you a unique experience of the city from a local’s perspective. Your tour is semi-customizable so you can request places you’d like to see. Simply let your guide know which attractions you'd like to stop at to enjoy photo opportunities. If option selected
From $65.00
 
San Francisco Bay Cruise Adventure
"Take advantage of prime photo opportunities with unobstructed views in every direction aboard a 60-minute bay cruise. Sail past the famous PIER 39 sea lions and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront revealing the city’s fascinating skyline. This comfortable San Francisco Bay Cruise tour has both indoor and outdoor seating with full narration describing major landmarks as you sail by them. You haven’t experienced San Francisco until you’ve taken a Ba Spanish Mandarin Italian French Japanese
From $30.00

More Off The Beaten Path in Oakland

A Redwood Forest in Oakland

You will find miles of hiking trails and many picnic areas scattered throughout Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland hills. There are a limited number of campsites available (reservations required),...
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Nor_Cal_Brad
Jun 28, 2014

Watch Ice Cream Making at Fenton's Creamery

while eating at this famous creamey and soda fountain landmark of Oakland, you can watch how they make their hand crafted ice cream via the transparent windows in the premises and see how your...
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machomikemd
Nov 23, 2013

USS Hornet

The aircaft carrier USS Hornet had a distinguished record during World War II, Korea, and the Vietnam War. She also picked up the returning Apollo 11 and 12 astronauts in 1969. During World War II,...
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Tom_Fields
Apr 04, 2011

The Hiking!

Oakland is home to a lot of hiking trails, from Sibley Volcanic to Redwood Trail. The East Bay Regional Park District operates more than 50 parks, 20 trails and 75,000 acres spanning from Berkeley to...
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vierka
Apr 04, 2011

Date of the dead

Take a date on a walk through the cemetery - no kidding.Or, just walk the dog or jog to see some of the most spectacular sunsets over San Francisco... all among the well-manicured and maintained...
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GenuinelyCurious
Jan 15, 2008

Altamont Pass Wind Farm

Altamont Pass Wind Farm is one of America's oldest wind farms and is known as having the largest concentration of windmills in the world. Its 6,000 small 1970s-era turbines are old and outdated, but...
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Ewingjr98
Apr 14, 2007
 
 
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Great food worth driving to Berkeley for

If you're going to be in East Bay and you like good cuisine, head for Berkeley. Chez Panisse is the world reknowned Alice Waters restaurant in Berkeley.Expensive but worth it. Make SURE you have a...
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davequ
Mar 23, 2005

Take 29 up into Napa and do some wine tasting

Not really off the beaten path, but I really enjoyed a day of driving north from Oakland up through Napa Valley and on towards Mendocino.I always take I80 North to Hwy 29 at Vallejo, then north on 29...
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davequ
Mar 23, 2005

Mt Diablo

By far the tallest peak in the East Bay area, Mt Diablo towers over everything around it. It was used as a reference point by explorers. This state park has numerous hiking trails offering great...
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Tom_Fields
Jan 08, 2005

Oakland's Chinatown is a nice...

Oakland's Chinatown is a nice place to visit, and though quite visible in Oakland, it is 'off the beaten path' for any San Francisco vacation. It is much smaller than the Chinatown across the bay (in...
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cvilla007
Feb 14, 2004

Drive up Boradway Terrace and...

Drive up Boradway Terrace and view the contrast between the old, established homes in the Oakland Hills and the new ones built up after the devatsating fire of 1991 that destroyed about 3000 homes in...
burque
Aug 26, 2002

There is an aviation museum at...

There is an aviation museum at the Oakland airport, which I hear is interesting (haven't seen it). The Oakland Museum is one of the best in Bay area. The Oakland zoo is very good and sometimes...
Linda_Terry
Aug 24, 2002

Bees and bugs

In the Regional Parks of the Oakland hills, there is quite a lot of natural beauty. A real surprise considering the dense urban concentration of people in the flat lands
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GenuinelyCurious
Dec 09, 2007

The Graveyard

A large old cemetary in the hills overlooking Oakland and San Francisco Bay, dating back to the 1850's (at least). Huge monuments to many of the famous names in Bay Area history are in this park.
HouFelix
Nov 03, 2002

Top Hotels in Oakland

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1755 Embarcadero, Oakland, California, 94606, United States
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10 Washington St, Oakland, California, 94607, United States
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1001 Broadway, Oakland, California, 94607, United States
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170 Hegenberger Loop, Oakland, California, 94621-1326, United States
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988 Broadway, Oakland, California, 94607, United States
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3720 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California, 94609, United States
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Top Things to Do in Oakland

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Lake Merritt

A lot of people give Oakland a bad rap. Yes there are turf/drug gangs. However, as far as personal safety is concerned for a tourist, San Francisco is far more dangerous. San Francisco money makes...
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Chinatown

Oaklands Chinatown seems to be smaller and a little less conspicuous than SFs, but it is a good place to walk, visit, eat and shop. They have really good dim sum in some of the restaurants (e.g....
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Parks / Squares

This is a great, small zoo that can be enjoyed in it's entirety in about half a day. There have been constant improvements made over the past several years (perhaps longer), most recently the...
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Sports / Coliseum Complex

If you're in Oakland between April and September, go catch an Oakland A's home game at the Oakland Coliseum. They are only scheduled to be in Oakland for a few more years, as the plan is to move the...
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Architecture

The Paramount Theatre, built in 1931 by architect Timothy L. Phlueger in an Art Deco style which was notable for the depression era in which it was bulit. The façade features large motif’s recalling...
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Oakland Museum of California

This is one of the best museums of its kind. It has two sections: One dealing with California's natural history, the other with its social/cultural history. It's an excellent introduction to the...
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"Oakland: the other side of the Bay"
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"Surprising Oaktown"
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"Rough and Tumble... Oakland"
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"Oakland: San Francisco's Neighbor"
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"Oakland: Friends and Baseball"
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