10 miles E of San Francisco
Although it's less than a dozen miles from San Francisco, Oakland is worlds apart from its sister city across the bay. Originally little more than a cluster of ranches and farms, Oakland exploded in size and stature practically overnight, when the last mile of transcontinental railroad track was laid down. Major shipping ports soon followed and, to this day, Oakland remains one of the busiest industrial ports on the West Coast.
The price for economic success, however, is Oakland's lowbrow reputation as a predominantly working-class city; it is forever in the shadow of chic San Francisco. However, as the City by the Bay has become crowded and expensive in the past few years, Oakland has experienced a rush of new residents and businesses. As a result, "Oaktown" is in the midst of a renaissance, and its future continues to look brighter and brighter.
Rent a sailboat on Lake Merritt, stroll along the waterfront, explore the fantastic Oakland Museum -- they're all great reasons to hop the bay and spend a fog-free day exploring one of California's largest and most ethnically diverse cities.
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