When people talk about visiting the Bay Area, they’re probably dead-set on visiting the likes of San Francisco or San Jose.

And sure, those are amazing spots to visit. However, those who decide to sleep on Oakland are certainly missing out, especially if you’re camping or traveling via RV.

For starters, Oakland’s status as a “cool” alternative to San Francisco is rather telling, boasting plenty of sights, attractions and incredible nature spots that go under the radar. While you might not think of Oakland as a traditional place to go roughing it, consider how competition for campgrounds, RV rentals and the city in general is less crowded versus tourist favorites like San Jose.

So why does Oakland need to be on your list if you’re hunting for adventure? We’ve outlined our favorite reasons below.

You Can Rough It Near the Redwoods

California and San Francisco, in particular, are famed for their fabulous redwood trees. That said, Oakland has arguably one of the best redwood forests around at Redwood Regional Park. Serving as a brilliant getaway from the city proper, you can catch glimpses of rare local wildlife or get lost in your own thoughts during a peaceful walk.

Meanwhile, RV camping is available near Anthony Chabot Regional Park, yet another popular park known for its fantastic forests. In fact, the Bay Area can be surprisingly RV friendly if you know where to look. Through services like Outdoorsy, you can rent an RV in Oakland that can help you explore the Bay Area in comfort and style.

So Many Gorgeous Hiking Hotspots

Known for its relatively fit population, Californians love to get up and move.

Similarly, Oakland offers plenty of places to enjoy nature and burn some calories at the same time. Joaquin Miller Park, for example, is a fantastic place for hikers, bikers and runners alike who are looking for a scenic view. Leona Heights Park is another hidden gem, offering a short creek-side trail that’s shaded and perfect for the kids. 

Downtown Has So Much to Do

If you want to enjoy a bit of civilization during your trip, don’t be afraid to take a trek into the city.

Beyond your typical big city amenities, this comprehensive Oakland bucket list offers some brilliant ideas for tourists including…

  • Checking out the historic Fox Theater
  • Catching an Athletics game
  • Taking a gondola cruise on Lake Merritt
  • Visit the marvelous Morcom Amphitheater of Roses

And that doesn’t even take into account the amazing local restaurants in downtown!

You’re Never Far Away from a New Adventure

Nobody said you had to stay in a single spot if you’re looking to experience the Bay Area.

Want to check out wine country in Napa Valley? You’re looking at a mere house drive.

Itching to hit the beaches in San Jose? Again, only an hour away.

And San Francisco is even closer, slightly over thirty minutes via car or you can make an event out of it by taking a ferry from Oakland.

Don’t leave Oakland off of your list if you’re planning to check out the Bay Area. For those who love the great outdoors and want to see California right, just remember that there’s more to Oakland than meets the eye.

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