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What are the major attractions in Oakland?
If your trip to Oakland is all booked but your itinerary is looking a little empty, we can give you a helping hand.You’ll have to wake up early if you’re planning to check out all the great sights that this place has to offer. Oakland Museum of California and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive are non-negotiable. Greek Theater and University of California, Berkeley shouldn’t be forgotten either.Stop by Jack London Square. It’s one sight you’ll usually find on most visitors’ to-do lists. Oakland City Center and Fox Theater are also a stone’s throw away and worth a pit stop.
What are the best road trip destinations near Oakland?
With some great road trip options available in the surrounding area, having your own car makes good sense. Without one, it’d be much more difficult to enjoy everything that Twin Lakes State Beach, 60 miles away, has to offer. Santa Cruz Harbor, DeLaveaga Golf Course and Santa Maria’s Beach alone justify the drive out here. Located 40 miles away, Downtown San Jose is another popular option. If you swing by, make sure you check out Children’s Discovery Museum, San Jose Museum of Art and The Tech Interactive.
Where are the best beaches near Oakland?
There’s nothing like dropping the car window and feeling the cool, salty air on your face while you’re cruising by the sea. Pack some yummy food and spend an afternoon relaxing near the water at one of the fantastic beaches near Oakland. Picturesque options include:

  • Baker Beach (12 miles away).
  • China Beach (12 miles away).
  • Ocean Beach (14 miles away).

Where are the best convention centers near Oakland?
Booking a rental car is a popular choice for traveling professionals. If your visit to Oakland is primarily for work-related reasons, you ought to know where the best business and convention centers are located. Here are just a few of the top ones:

  • Oakland Convention Center (0.3 miles away).
  • Kaiser Convention Center (1 mile away).
  • Moscone Convention Center (7 miles away).

What kind of rental car should I get for Oakland?
Sure, you can do Oakland without renting a car. But with so much to see here, having one would certainly make your stay more comfortable. If you’re eager to head out of the city and into nature, opt for a ride with a bit of power. A larger car like an SUV will get you to the surrounding sandy shores in roomy comfort. Going to spend most of your time downtown? A compact or mini car is the way to go. Maneuvering through narrow lanes and squeezing into tiny parking spots will be a cinch with one of these.
Should I get a luxury rental car in Oakland?
For some people, owning a luxury vehicle is the stuff of fairy tales. But renting your dream car is absolutely within your grasp! Imagine the thrill of rolling into town in a classy sports car, even if it’s only for a day or two. Or perhaps all you need is a cheap ride to get you quickly from A to B. Flashy or affordable? Whatever you decide, one thing’s for sure — there’s a rental car to suit your style in Oakland.
What side of the road do they drive on in Oakland?
You’ll have to keep right when driving in Oakland. On top of that, take some extra care if it’s your first time behind the wheel here. Once you’ve got the hang of how the locals drive, you can relax and enjoy the new scenery!
Is it difficult to park in Oakland?
Grabbing a place to park in Oakland isn’t always simple. That’s why many opt for a hotel that comes with a parking lot. When leaving the car around town, make sure you check the signage. Overstaying the time limit could earn you a big fine.
Does Oakland have peak-hour traffic?
Since the population of Oakland is approximately 419,300, you probably won’t have much difficulty with traffic. That said, major roads are generally busier in the rush hours before and after work, so you may want to avoid driving then.
Are there speed limits in Oakland?
Speed limits vary around the city of Oakland, but typically range from 15mph to 70mph. Most residential roads have a top speed of 25mph unless indicated otherwise.
What happens if I get a speeding fine while driving a rental car in Alameda County?
Most of the time, your chosen rental car company will bill the amount listed on the fine to your credit card, including local taxes. Otherwise, they may supply your information to local authorities, who’ll then send a fine directly to you.
Is it illegal to use a cell phone while driving in Oakland?
It is against the law to use your cell phone while driving in Oakland, and you may even receive a fine for simply holding your phone when you’re in control of a vehicle. However, the use of hands-free or Bluetooth functions is permitted, as long as you keep your attention on the road.
What are the rules around drink driving in Oakland?
While driving in Oakland, it’s against the law to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) of more than 0.08%. Planning to have a few beers over lunch or dinner? Consider using a ride-sharing service or taking a taxi.
Is turning on a red light allowed in Oakland?
Yes. However, before you turn you must bring the vehicle to a total stop and only move on if the lane is free of traffic.
Are seat belts compulsory in Alameda County?
Seat belts should always be worn in Alameda County. Having said that, these rules may vary for certain vehicles, like those used by public transportation networks.

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