Oakland RV vacations – a destination on the up
Oakland is the other city by the Bay, just 21 miles from its better known neighbour San Francisco, accessed by the engineering feat that is the Bay Bridge. In 2014, Oakland was placed number four in the New York Times list of top places to visit, right behind London, and before Tokyo. This was a surprise even to the residents of Oakland, but this is a town coming of age, developing world class restaurants and bars, ‘from among the grit,’ as the Times bluntly stated.
Motorhomes in Oakland, discover an RV bargain
Motorhome rental in Oakland and the San Francisco Bay area is easy to organise from anywhere in the world with Motorhome Republic. By entering your itinerary details on our home page, you will have access to a world of campervan rental options in California. Prices are clearly displayed, with the cheapest option first, and some marked for an extra-special deal. You can confidently book online, but if you still have questions, you can call a member of the skilled and multi-lingual customer service team – or drop us an email.
The highways of Oakland – a handy driving guide
The San Francisco Bay area is a network of major highways, interstates, bridges and tunnels. Pick up a GPS with your camper and take the worry out of navigating this complex system.
There are eight toll bridges that cross the bay, or San Francisco bay tributaries. Tolls can be paid through Fastrak, an electronic toll collection system used throughout California.
Camping options for your RV
A peaceful spot out of town is Anthony Chabot RV Park, in a regional park surrounded by redwood trees. More urban is Trade Winds RV Park in nearby Vallejo.
Nightlife of Oakland – so much food and drink on the menu
Many credit Oakland’s rise in status to chef James Syhabout and his Michelin-starred restaurant Commis. He has added two more eateries to his stable, Plum and Hawker Fare, based on Southeast Asian street food. He’s not the only star in town, though. Chef Tanya Holland is a regular on the Food Network and Cooking Channel. Her restaurant, Brown Sugar Kitchen, is famous for its chicken and brown sugar waffles dish.
Drinkers are not forgotten either. Craft beers served with style and great music are available at Beer Revolution. The lyrically named Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon was author Jack London’s favourite watering hole. The bar is in a preserved building from 1880, the original timbers sourced from a whaling ship.
Attractions of Oakland
Oakland is a waterfront city and its gritty reputation comes from these port origins. It is the busiest port in San Francisco Bay and Northern California. The history is proudly displayed in its beautifully restored theatres. The Paramount Theatre is an art deco, 3000-seat venue that hosts all kinds of arts in Oakland, from comedy, to classic movies, to rock and roll concerts. The Fox Theatre is the same vintage, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was a picture palace until 1970, then closed for a full restoration, and reopened as a concert venue in 2009.
Oakland is home to the Oakland Raiders NFL team, based at the O.co Coliseum. Attending a game is a real American experience. The party starts in the car park, with the fans, known as the Raider Nation, setting up their grills for a pre-game feed. The Raiderettes are the team’s resident cheer squad, who provide additional entertainment. The Raiders have had mixed fortunes over the years, so fans are a staunch bunch.
Oakland isn’t all big-city swagger and the great outdoors is easily accessible in the nearby Redwood Regional Park. Miles of trails can be hiked amongst these giant and ancient trees.
The streets of San Francisco…
An Oakland road trip is going to include all the highlights of the Bay region. Cross the bridge to San Francisco, head out to Marin County, go sample the delights of the Napa Valley. It’s all right there. Reno and Lake Tahoe are also a must-do attraction of the area.