Oakland

You can go kayaking on Lake Merritt, take the ferry from Jack London Square to San Francisco, take in a show at the Paramount Theater, or go hiking and camping in one of the many regional and state parks in the Oakland hills.

Oakland is a city with an eclectic history. It is the birthplace of such diverse entities as the Black Panther Party, Kaiser Permanente and Sly & the Family Stone. It's also the home of many of the East Bay's major professional sports teams, including the Oakland Athletics and the Golden State Warriors.