Oakland, founded in 1852, is the eighth-largest city in the U.S. state of California and is located in Northern California in the San Francisco Bay Area, the sixth-most-populous metropolitan area in the United States. Based on 2006 statistical data, Oakland is the 44th-largest city in the United States. According to the 2000 U.S. census, Oakland is one of two of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United States, with over 150 languages spoken there. Attractions include Jack London Square, the Oakland Zoo, the Oakland Museum of California, the Chabot Space and Science Center, Lake Merritt, the East Bay Regional Park District ridge line parks and preserves, and Chinatown.
Population: Oakland: 420,183, Berkeley: 108,101
30 min. to Oakland International Airport from downtown.
Land Area: 78.2 square miles (however, 22.1 square miles of it is water)
Flight times: Chicago: 4.5 hrs, Los Angles: 1 hr, NYC: 5.6 hrs, Center S. F. to Oakland Int'l Airport-40 minutes. (55/60 min. to S. F. Int'l)
Downtoun Oakland to Downtoun San Francisco: 25 min.
Average mean temperature: 63°F (18°C)
Days of sunshine: 309 days
Annual precipitation: 20.31 inches
Average Daily High/Low Temperature:
March: 63°F / 49°F
June: 66°F / 53°F
September: 72°F / 51°F
December: 57°F / 45°F
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Three International Airports serve the San Francisco Metropolitan Area:
San Francisco International (www.flysfo.com): Airport Information Hotline: (650) 875-8575 , General Info:(650) 876 2377.
Oakland International Airport (www.oaklandairport.com):1 Airport Drive Oakland, CA 94621 (510) 577-4000.
San Jose International Airport (www.sjc.org): 2077 Airport Blvd., San Jose, CA 95110 (408) 501-7600.
MUNI (www.ci.sf.caus/muni): Buses, cable cars, streetcars. (415) 673-MUNI
BART (www.bart.gov): Trains to East Bay.) (650) 992-2278.
AMTRAK (www.amtrak.com): (800) 872-7245
CAL TRAIN (www.caltrain.com): (800) 660-4287
Golden Gate Transit (Marin): www.goldengate.org (415) 923-2000
AC Transit (www.actransit.org): or 511 or (510) 817-1717
SAMTRANS)(www.samtrans.com): (800) 660-4287
Oakland Museum of California (www.museumca.org): 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Provides unique collections, exhibitions and educational opportunities designed to generate a broader and deeper understanding of California's history, art and people. Museum programs are responsive, accessible and meaningful to an increasingly diverse California population, including schools and other organizations. Open Wednesday to Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM, Sunday 12 PM - 5 PM, First Friday of the month open until 9 PM. Admission: Adults-$6, Seniors and Students-$4. Closed: Mon. - Tues.
Oakland East Bay Symphony Symphony (www.oebs.org): 300 Lakeside Dr., Suite 1360, Oakland CA 94612. (510) 444-0801, Box Office (510) 465-6400.
Tilden Park (www.ebparks.org/parks/tilden): Berkeley, CA 94708, (510) 652-1155. Located along Grizzly Peak Boulevard near Wildcat Canyon & South Park roads. 2000 acres of near-wilderness along the crest of the Berkeley Hills overlooking the S. F. Bay.
UC Berkeley Art Museum (www.bampfa.berkeley.edu): 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720 510/642-0808. Changing exhibitions and a permanent collection. A fine example of Brutal Architecture. Wed-Sun 11am-5pm, Thus until 9pm;
Pacific Film Archive: 2625 Durant Ave, Berkeley, in the University Art Museum (510) 642-1124. Perhaps the best cinema in California with showings of International and American films plus revivals and theme presentations. Two films nightly; $5.50 each, $7 for both.
Oakland Zoo (www.oaklandzoo.org): 9777 Golf Links Rd Oakland, CA 94605. (510) 632-9525. Open daily 9:30 am-6 pm. Admission: Adults-$9.50, Seniors and Children-$6.