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East of San Francisco Bay lies an exciting metropolis filled with lush parks, inspiring culture, and delectable cuisine – the area includes Oakland, Alameda and Hayward.
Major music (and sports) venues in California include Oracle Arena (formerly RingCentral Coliseum); Lesher Theater; Fox Oakland Theatre; UC Berkeley Greek Theater and nonprofit Freight and Salvage.
1. Bay Area Rapid Transit
BART provides fast and reliable transit service across 131 miles of track in five counties with 50 stations serving locals as well as visitors alike. BART operates clean electric train cars which run along its entire track length to connect downtown offices, shopping centers, tourist attractions, entertainment venues, universities and other key destinations with local residents as well as visitors alike.
BART differed from many other mass transit systems in that its creation did not start by government decree; rather it emerged from informal gatherings of business and civic leaders on both sides of San Francisco Bay. They realized that heavy postwar migration and its consequent automobile boom had created bridge congestion which they wanted to alleviate.
2. Historic Downtowns
Petaluma in the East Bay offers many historic downtown neighborhoods to discover, including Petaluma’s 4th Street corridor lined with Victorian houses and unique shops. Stop in one of its numerous mom-and-pop eateries for locally farmed California cuisine or craft beers; families will especially love Petaluma’s tree-lined parks with nearby cafes that serve food as well as play spaces like Fox & Kit.
Oakland’s urban downtown neighborhood features a lively food, music and art scene. Oakland is also home to Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics as well as its Zoo. Plus there’s no shortage of theaters or performing arts venues throughout town!
City Center makes Alameda an ideal base from which to explore its breathtaking natural landscape and vibrant culture. Bus transit services provided by AC Transit, County Connection, WHEELS and WestCAT make travel convenient and safe, while ferry service from Jack London Square and Alameda Harbor offers access to San Francisco.
3. Outdoor Activities
East Bay residents will find an array of outdoor adventures to take part in that will allow them to forget that this region hosts one of California’s major urban centers.
San Francisco boasts over 600 public stairways that connect San Francisco hills, and each offers its own distinct experience. Some boast intricate mosaics while others pass through lush landscapes.
Lake Merritt draws hundreds of East Bay locals on sunny days to its western shore of Alameda Island for recreation on sunny days. This urban retreat includes a sandy beach, 3.5 mile paved path around its perimeter, and an elaborate rotunda inspired by St Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
Moe’s Books was established in 1959, and is one of the country’s largest buy-and-sell bookstores, providing valuation services on rare items and providing valuation advice. Their 4-story shop provides book lovers with an enchanted experience.
The East Bay has long been popular with homebuyers looking for larger spaces, more yard space and garage storage – not too far from jobs in San Francisco – while providing easy access to cultural experiences and nature activities ranging from classic theater performances such as Oakland’s Fox Theater Supper Club to cozy family neighborhoods such as Rockridge or Laurel District.
Daytrip Cafe serves chile-laced celery salad while Horn features tender brisket. Both restaurants contribute significantly to local and national food culture – and one is likely to come across both established wineries as well as new pastry or coffee shops in this region.
From Telegraph Avenue and Ashby Drive all the way to Temescal Alley, East Bay streets are lined with independent boutiques and inviting eateries.
The East Bay is home to major music venues specializing in rock, thrash metal and hip hop music, helping launch careers for such musical icons as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Counting Crows, Operation Ivy, Sheila E and MC Hammer.
As the region shifts toward a more relaxed rhythm, nightclubs remain vibrant spots that play everything from current hits to classic hits from decades past.
Sit yourself down at one of Berkeley and beyond’s recently-reopened or eagerly-awaited bars or lounges! Raise a toast for LGBTQIA+ rights or simply unwind with some delicious refreshments such as cold beer or cocktails – there is sure to be something worth your while here! Cheers!