Oakland is a city on the eastside of San Francisco Bay, just over the Bay Bridge. Hipsters and hip hop, passionate activists and grassroots entrepreneurs—it takes time to peel back all of the layers that make up Oakland. To truly appreciate Oakland’s diverse culture, spend some time exploring its neighborhoods. You’ll find prideful locals around every corner, whether it’s at the farmers market in Chinatown or a theater in Uptown. Don’t settle in one spot for too long—there’s a lot of ground to cover in Oakland. Near Chinatown, the Oakland Museum of California covers state history, nature and art. Uptown contains the art deco Fox and Paramount theaters, restaurants, bars and galleries. Nearby, Old Oakland features restored Victorian architecture and boutiques. From the modern lofts in West Oakland to the mid century modern homes in Montclair, there is a variety of architectural design to suit everyone’s tastes. Oakland is just a stone’s throw to San Francisco making its location easy and convenient for commuters into SF. The Oakland hills also offer a suburban feel close to everything, including local commercial districts for sipping coffee, grabbing a bite or accessing services.