By Linnea Schuster
Oakland
California
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Oakland, California is a great vacation city for anyone who regards San Francisco as a “been there, seen that” destination. The East Bay city is home to some of the area’s most diverse culture and richest history, ranging from professional sports teams to Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s private yacht, the USS Potomac, available for tours. The Mediterranean climate of Oakland is sure to please year-round, as are the wide range of activities available to visitors of all ages and activity levels. EscapeWizard.com invites you to cross the bay bridge to see all that Oakland has to offer!
   
Oakland is served by three airports, in order of proximity: the Oakland International Airport (OAK), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and San Jose International Airport (SJC). EscapeWizard.com connects you to services at all three of these excellent airports, found at the following link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Once you have booked your flight, be sure to check out our selection of hotels and accommodations also on EscapeWizard.com, by clicking the link here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl)!
   
For a leisurely, family-oriented introduction to Oakland, EscapeWizard.com would like to introduce the Oakland Zoo, also known as the Knowland Zoo. Centered in downtown Oakland, the Zoo is home to over 660 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects, averaging 440 animals available for viewing at any one time. Known for its modern exhibits featuring large enclosures for the animals to roam freely in, Oakland Zoo also boasts one of the most animal-friendly elephant enclosures in the nation. If you tire of walking around the zoo, take a ride on the train or sky-ride to see every species the Zoo has to offer in a simulated habitat from a safari-like vantage point.
   
After your daytime walk on the wild side, Jack London Square is a great Oakland nightlife destination, named for the author of the novels “White Fang” and “Call of the Wild.” London himself lived in the area throughout the greater part of his life. The Square is home to numerous night time attractions including stores, restaurants, hotels, a movie theater, and a famous saloon, all connected to the rest of Oakland by ample public transportation. The surrounding area of the Jack London District is also worth visiting, where you can view a life-size model of Jack London’s Klondike hut, visit former and current Oakland mayoral homes, and stroll the docks lining the waterfront for beautiful sunsets or daytime sun.
   
If your trip to Oakland requires a venue for a large audience or a taste for executive American history, located in a slip of the Jack London District by the docks is former US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s private yacht, the USS Potomac, now available for tours and private events for up to 100 guests. The 165-foot long ship is also a great educational and historical resource for interested minds young and old, and can be accessed for a moored tour as well as at sea, or rather, at bay. Further educational resources regarding the USS Potomac are also available on land near the docks.
   
Finally, for the sports fans, Oakland is proud to present a talented handful of professional level sports teams. Oakland is home to the NFL Oakland Raiders, the NBA Golden State Warriors, the MLB Oakland A’s, and more! The Raiders and A’s play home games at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, a stadium beholding over six-thousand spectator seats and over a hundred executive suites for your family, corporate, or other private event. The nearby Oracle arena, home of the Golden State Warriors, is the largest NBA arena in California, boasting just under twenty-thousand available seats. Undoubtedly, Oakland is a prime destination for any major league sports fan, year round!
   
EscapeWizard.com invites you to explore and discover historic Oakland, California by boat, sky-ride, train, or on foot, accessed through three great airports. Book your trip today on EscapeWizard.com for an East Bay safari of sports, history, culture, and fun!
Hotels in Oakland
By Summer Brons
Holiday Inn Express
66 Airport Access Road, Oakland, CA
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Conveniently located less than half a mile from the Oakland International Airport (OAK), the Holiday Inn Express Oakland Airport hotel makes it easier than ever to experience the city. Whether you're visiting for business purposes or for a leisurely vacation, you'll undoubtedly enjoy the benefits of lodging with the Holiday Inn Express.

With I-880 just minutes away, you have quick access to Oakland's finest offerings, including: Oracle Arena, the Oakland Convention Center, Harbor Bay Business Park, the Oakland Zoo, Chabot Regional Park, Jack London Square and Alameda Beach. Or, drive the beautiful 20 minute commute over the Bay Bridge to spend some time in neighboring San Francisco. Additionally, you'll find plenty of excellent shopping, dining and entertainment options all around the city.

On-site amenities are as plentiful as you've come to expect from the Holiday Inn Express name. You'll find well-equipped, 24-hour fitness and business centers, a whirlpool, high-speed wireless internet access, self-laundry facilities, dry cleaning services, and the hotel's signature Express Start breakfast buffet with delicious cinnamon rolls.

Relax in the comforts of your Holiday Inn Express Oakland Airport guest room after a long day working or playing in Oakland. Each room features a 32 inch flat-screen television with cable, large work desk, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, wet bar, iron and board, hairdryer and bath amenities. Larger suites are also available, perfect for families or for those who may be in town for an extended stay. As always, members of the Priority Club Rewards program will receive credit for their stay in Oakland.

When you travel plans find you in California's exciting city of Oakland, look no further than the Holiday Inn Express Oakland Airport for your lodging needs. The comfort, convenience and familiar face is sure to help you make the most of your visit. You can book your stay using EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl). 
Hotels in Oakland
By D. Gregory Perrin
Homewood Suites by Hilton Oakland
1103 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA
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Oakland, California is an excellent vacation option, and while you are there hotel accommodations are very important. EscapeWizard.com recommends staying at the Homewood Suites by Hilton® Oakland, which has both guestrooms as well as suites. This hotel is around 10 minutes from the Oakland International Airport, which makes commuting very easy. Check-in at the hotel starts at 3 p.m. The friendly staff will ensure all of your needs are taken care of.

The rooms and suites of the hotel allow for ample space with any group of guests. There are non-suite rooms available with either 1 king size or 1 queen size bed. There are also studio suites with 1 queen size bed, 1 bedroom suites with 1 queen size bed, or 2 bedrooms suites with 1 king size and 1 queen size bed. There is a pull out sofa in each suite for extra sleeping arrangements. If you have a large group, the hotel offers connecting rooms. There is a 25 inch color television in each room with cable as well as the option to purchase pay-per-view movies. Complimentary internet is available in all of the rooms or suites so guests can keep connected to their emails. There is a kitchen in each suite that has a refrigerator, microwave, stove, and many other features.

The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Oakland has great amenities for its guests. There is a swimming pool for guests to relax in. The hotel has a great fitness center for guests to work out in. Business travelers have their own business center. This center has printing, fax, meeting rooms, copying and other services.

All in all, the Homewood Suites by Hilton® is just the right hotel for you in Oakland, California. Guests can enjoy a complimentary warm breakfast in the morning and then check-out is before 12 p.m. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your reservations by clicking this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Oakland
By Summer Brons
Holiday Inn
77 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA
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Located just one mile from the Oakland International Airport (OAK), the Holiday Inn and Suites Oakland Airport offers a prime location for Oakland and San Francisco travelers. With everything already within easy access to the hotel, including via a complimentary shuttle to locations within a mile radius, you'll have no trouble enjoying the McAfee Coliseum, Oracle Area, Jack London Square, the Metropolitan Golf Course and the  numerous businesses, shopping, entertainment and dining options around the city.

On-site amenities at the Holiday Inn Oakland Airport include such conveniences as a 24-hour business center, more than 3,000 square feet of available meeting space, well-equipped fitness center, heated outdoor pool and convenience store.

You'll also find a great dining option right at the Holiday Inn Oakland Airport, Diamonds Sports Bar & Grill. Featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner options as well as a full bar, Diamonds offers a little something for everyone. Room service is also available from 6:00 AM until 11:00 PM for those who may prefer the privacy of in-room dining.

With each Holiday Inn Oakland Airport guest room designed for comfort and relaxation, you'll no doubt appreciate your well-appointed accommodations at the end of a long day exploring Oakland or San Francisco. Each room includes a triple-sheeted king bed, 32 inch LCD television, work desk with ergonomic chair, high-speed wireless internet access, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, iron and board, hairdryer and bath amenities. Suites are also available for those seeking additional space, and members of the Priority Club Rewards program will receive credit for their stay in Oakland.

So whether your travel plans have you working in Oakland or playing in San Francisco, a stay at the Holiday Inn and Suites Oakland Airport is sure to provide the comforts and convenience you've been looking for. Book your stay using EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).