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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour
"Led by a local guide this 3-hour San Francisco bike tour is a great sightseeing activity for all ages and biking levels. You’ll follow a mostly flat route along San Francisco Bay’s scenic northern waterfront before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Depart in the morning o where your guide outfits you with a proper bike helmet and any necessary equipment for the ride. Then hop on your bicycle and pedal to nearby Aquatic Park Cove part of the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Cycle down the pier and snap pics of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island before moving on to Fort Mason Center. The buildings of this former US Army post a National Historic Landmark are now used as a cultural and educational complex.From here
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San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Ticket and Alcatraz Tour
"Design your own itinerary of San Francisco on this hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tour. Tickets are valid for 2 days and there are numerous stops with multiple attractions and landmarks for you to explore. You can hop on and off the tour as many times the top deck is open and in the winter clear screens shelter you from the cold and offer unobstructed views of the city. Jump on the ferry to discover where some of the most notorious inmates were incarcerated at Alcatraz one of San Francisco's most popular attractions. This penitentiary formally known as ""The Rock"" is famous for having housed ruthless criminals such as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly.The total duration of the loop is approximately 1.5 hours Stop highlights are listed below in the Itinerary """
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Napa and Sonoma Wine Tour from San Francisco
"Napa Valley and Sonoma County can be confusing: With so many wineries and so many great spots to eat how does one know where to go? This guided 9-hour tour from San Francisco solves that problem for you making stops at three boutique wineries to sample a variety of great wines. After getting picked up at your San Francisco hotel drive to the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and hope it’s not shrouded in fog as you stop for an incredible photo opportunity. Get magnificent views of San Francisco Bay and the Marin Headlands and then journey through the rolling hills of Napa and Sonoma. and learn about the area and its wine production history. At each winery sample some of the best wine of the region and learn about how it’s made and what gives each wine its particular characteristics. Take a break for lunch (own expense) at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa where the food choices include everything from artisanal sandwiches and pizza to oysters and ice cream. If you like
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More Off The Beaten Path in Oakland

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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...
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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...
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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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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.
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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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3720 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California, 94609, United States
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988 Broadway, Oakland, California, 94607, United States
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Top Things to Do in Oakland

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Chinatown

Oakland's Chinatown is very different from the one in San Francisco. It's an authentic, working-class Chinese-American neighborhood, NOT a tourist trap. In fact, very few tourists go there at all....
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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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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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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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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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