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Oakland at a Glance

Oakland is an artistic and cultural hub across the bay from San Francisco. In fact, the city has the highest number of artists per capita in the U.S. The city is famous for its music scene; many West Coast jazz, hip hop and rap artists call Oakland home. 

Oakland began its history as a port city and today it is still the fifth largest port in the United States. Visit Oakland to check out the California Museum or catch a musical performance at the Fox Theater. Merritt Lake, near downtown, is an estuary housing rare birds and wildlife and makes for an interesting visit for bird lovers. 

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May - September
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October - May
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      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

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      Severe Weather: Oakland's weather is foggy, coastal and mild. Visibility may be limited during heavy fog. 

      Safety Concerns Oakland has been consistently ranked as one of America's most dangerous cities. However, violent crime occurs mostly in east and west Oakland neighborhoods. Property damage and theft is a problem throughout the city so keep an eye on your belongings and stay in safe, well-lit places at night. 

      Health Concerns Risks are low for contaminated water and severe communicable diseases. Basic hygiene will help travelers avoid common illnesses.