If you want to visit California's Bay Area but don't want to deal with the hustle and bustle of the city, Oakland might be the quiet, hidden gem you are seeking. As soon as you fly into the Oakland International Airport (OAK), you can gaze down at Lake Merritt, which the locals lovingly refer to as the "Jewel of Oakland." The lake has a bevy of gondolas where you can enjoy a romantic ride for two across the water's blue surface. After boating on Lake Merritt, you might want to take a stroll through the nearby Morcom Rose Garden and enjoy thousands of blooming rose bushes and other exotic fauna. If you are vacationing with little ones, explore the amusement park Fairland, which is said to have been Walt Disney's inspiration for his creation of Disney World. With so much to do, Oakland might be the perfect getaway for a weekend or a week. Take a few moments to start looking over flights to Oakland to plan your next vacation.
Hotels close to the Oakland International Airport usually offer free shuttle service to and from the airport. You can also rent a car at one of the many car rental agencies located in the terminal close to all arriving Oakland flights. Across from the airline's Terminal 1 baggage claim area is the Oakland airport BART station. You can ride the BART train system into downtown Oakland and other Bay Area cities for an economical fee. A bevy of taxis, shuttles, and limousine services can also be booked at the terminal to transport you into Oakland.
Exploring Oakland is fun for all ages. Whether you get up close and personal with over 650 animals at the Oakland Zoo or meander through the 86,000-square-foot Chabot Space and Science Center, you are sure to have a memorable time. Use Travelocity to find vacation packages to Oakland, CA and start building your vacation memories now. At Travelocity, you can save up to $537 when you book a hotel and flight at the same time. Peruse the many cheap flights to Oakland and its hotels and entertainment options on Travelocity to start planning your next vacation.