openlyjane - Oakland is just on the east side of the bay from the larger San Francisco, and is considered the Bay Area's second city. It is very diverse in terms of population and topography, with a dense urban core in the flatlands by the water and a more suburban feel in the hills towards the east.
It's experienced somewhat of a renaissance in recent years in terms of the arts/culture/food scene and is sometimes referred to as the Brooklyn of the West.
I'll upload a few more sets soon, but here are some pics which give an impression of the greater area:
View from the Oakland hills with downtown OAK in the foreground and SF in the distance
Same spot at sunset
The SF-Oakland Bay Bridge which connects the two cities
Lake Merritt, a large lake and wildlife refuge often considered the crown jewel of Oakland. The hills are in the background
The Port of Oakland, the second largest port on the West Coast after LA/Long Beach and the fifth largest port in the US
Great thread. Been to San Fran twice in the last 2 years for the first time. I need to go and visit more Oakland and the Bay next time I go.
I did fly into Oakland Airport last time though which I found to be pretty convenient even to get to San Fran. I think with the rail hook up to the airport in the next few years it will be even more so.
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