Oakland is a port city – the busiest in Northern California – on the spectacular San Francisco Bay. Its landscape of green hills and wildlife-rich waterways, as well as some interesting cultural institutions, make it a destination of diverse appeal. Hotels near Oakland International Airport offer the convenience of a national and international gateway, while also putting you within easy reach of the city's major attractions.
Oakland International Airport is served by eight domestic and three international airlines, between them offering approximately 170 daily departures. If you have time before or after a flight, hit the driving range or play a round at Metropolitan Golf Links, an 18-hole public golf course at the airport. It boasts views over the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge and the hills of Oakland. The airport also hosts the Oakland Aviation Museum, which is within walking distance of the rental car center and open from Wednesday through Sunday. Learn about the history of aviation in the Bay Area and see dozens of historic aircraft on display, including a replica of the Wright Brothers' Model EX. Hotels close to Oakland International Airport put you within a short drive of Jack London Square, an entertainment district on the waterfront. Its attractions include Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon, a Klondike cabin lived in by Jack London; and the USS Potomac, Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential yacht. Oakland vacation packages are a good choice for families who want to visit local attractions like Lake Merritt. The oldest bird sanctuary in North America, this tidal lagoon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Rent canoes, rowboats, and sailboats to take out on the water, explore the walking paths around the lake, or take the family to Children's Fairyland, a fairy tale-themed park designed for young children. The 100-acre Oakland Zoo with its renowned elephant exhibit is another family-friendly attraction.
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