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Thanks to its unique urban atmosphere, growing arts scene, and famous food culture, Oakland has become a rising star in California. It also offers some of the more beautiful parks and recreation areas in the region, including Mount Diablo State Park. Many people love to visit Oakland, CA, because it offers the atmosphere and charm of the San Francisco Bay Area, but boasts sunnier weather. Summer and fall are the best times of year to visit Oakland, when the weather is warm and dry.
Oakland is as large as San Francisco, and today's visitors will enjoy many of the cosmopolitan pleasures you'd expect to find in a top destination. Of particular note, locally grown food and fine dining has become one of Oakland's signatures. To get a sense of the local culture, check out the lovely shops, bakeries, and restaurants in Oakland's College Avenue or Rockridge areas, or drop in on a local farmer's market.
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For a trip to the Bay Area, Oakland can be an affordable choice, especially if you find a condo or apartment rental in one of Oakland's residential neighborhoods. A vacation rental in the Claremont neighborhood is an experience you won't forget, while a rental home near Lake Merritt will give you a bit of nature in this urban city.