Located in the San Francisco bay area, Oakland, California, may not be as visited as the big city across the bay, but its laid-back people, cool urban gardens, and sunny weather give it an entirely distinct atmosphere. Indeed, it's a great place to visit all on its own. Oakland also loves its sports teams and its sports in general. Horse-racing fans coming to the city should look for hotels near Golden Gate Fields--the town's premier track.
Golden Gate Fields
Golden Gate Fields opened in 1941 and today is a modern facility that hosts horse races throughout the spring, summer, and fall in addition to horse wagering days for events at other sites. Occasionally there are concerts, parties, and other special events also held at the area. Of course, while at the racetrack, you will want to partake in a little wagering. If you're lucky, you'll choose a winner, and that horse will give you extra cash to stay at one of those upscale Oakland hotels you've had your eye on. If your horse fails you, fear not; cheap hotels near Golden Gate Fields can save you cash. Whether you win or lose, you're certain to have a good time enjoying drinks and cheering with the crowd.
After watching horse racing, take some time to have fun in Oakland. To learn about the art, history, and natural history of the Golden State, make the 8-mile car ride or BART train ride to the Oakland Museum of California--a site filled with top-notch exhibits. To enjoy a nice stroll and tasty foods, such as tacos and pho, head to International Boulevard, just 11 miles away. The sights and sounds here are truly stimulating.
From the wildlife at the Oakland Zoo to the entertainment at Jack London Square, there is a diverse array of attractions in Oakland for you to explore. Travelocity is your site to help you plan your trip. From hotels close to Golden Gate Fields to Oakland vacation packages, you'll find it here. For more discounts on Oakland travel, get mobile exclusive deals on the Travelocity app.