Hotel at a Glance: Red Lion Hotel Oakland Airport
Located about five miles from downtown Oakland, the Red Lion Hotel Oakland Airport offers a peaceful getaway near the shores of San Leandro Bay. From here, you can explore nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline’s picturesque marshlands or head to the city’s center. Some available rooms also feature balconies, where you can watch the sun set over the city’s swaying palm trees.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms have complimentary WiFi, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, pillow-top beds, and eco-friendly bath amenities.
- Bistro 150, the onsite restaurant, serves made-to-order waffles, hearty sandwiches, and black angus sirloin steaks aged 28 days.
- Fit in a workout at the 24-hour fitness center; if its warm outside, you can take a few laps in the outdoor pool.
- Meet an African elephant or one of 660 other animals at the Oakland Zoo (3 miles away).
- Explore downtown:’ Visitors to Oakland can check out Jack London Square, the historic Paramount Theater, and the Chinatown district.
Oakland, California: Hip, Urban City Surrounded by Redwoods
When compared to the other cities in the Bay Area, Oakland seems overlooked and underrated. This hip destination is cheaper than its neighbor San Francisco, and it’s home to more artists than any other U.S. city. So it’s no surprise that there’s a thriving restaurant and nightlife scene here, or that many of its attractions are a little offbeat. In the Chinatown district, for instance, you can tour the Fortune Cookie Factory for $1. See anything from a ballet to a classic movie at the art deco Paramount Theatre, a National Historic Landmark. Families with kids can explore with 40 classic storybook settings at Fairyland, a whimsical theme park that predates even Disneyland.
The city also offers plenty of outdoor recreation. Take a gondola ride across Lake Merritt, or head to Jack London Square—named after the American author of The Call of the Wild—on the shores of Oakland Inner Harbor. Here, you can kayak and bike along the waterfront. Just west of the city, in the Redwood Regional Park, hike through 40 miles of trails amid 150-foot Redwoods. Keep your eyes peeled for rare golden eagles and Alameda striped racer whipsnakes.