From hiking trails to fancy restaurants, there are so many ways to take in Oakland’s beauty. Whether you’re looking for the perfect sunset, a classic skyline photo opportunity, or just a great place to kick back by the lake, you’re sure to find it in our collection of the 10 best views in Oakland.
Joaquin Miller Park
Joaquin Miller Park offers one of the bets skyline views in Oakland, framed by coastal redwoods, live oaks, and majestic pines. It also offers diverse outdoor entertainment, including an off-leash dog area, horseback riding trails, a picnic area, and even an amphitheater that hosts live shows, so you can take in the view at your own pace.
A short drive up into the hills above Oakland, you’ll head up the winding single-lane curves of Grizzly Peak Boulevard. Prepare to find a spot to pull off and park, because you’ll want to step out of your car to gather in the vast beauty of the Bay Area as it sprawls out before you.
Jack London Square
For that more traditional Oceanside town feel, head down to Jack London Square, where the beautiful plaza invites guests to behold the beauty of the bay and those who operate on it. A sunset at Jack London Square is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before!
Lawrence Hall of Science
Above in the hills of Berkeley, the Lawrence Hall of Science boasts a large viewing area for people to come see the vastness of the Bay Area as it stretches around you for miles. Watch as Oakland and the Bay Area expand before you as you approach the edge! The view is simply breathtaking.
Beautiful day at @ Lawrence Hall of science! Great talk about geomorphology. pic.twitter.com/XXu5O6xbyI
— Matthew Morriss (@RockIceandSnow) December 14, 2019
The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill
For a quiet date night, check out The Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill on scenic Lake Merritt. You’ll dine on exquisite and fresh seafood, while taking in the splendor and beauty of Oakland’s stunningly gorgeous Lake Merritt.
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The Terrace Room Restaurant
Located in the Lake Merritt Hotel, the Terrace Room offers panoramic views of the lake with a classic 1920s art deco interior. This venue also offers live music and is available for private events, making it one of the livelier spots with a great view of Oakland.
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Chappell R. Hayes Memorial Observation Tower
Middle Harbor Shoreline Park is a 38 acre public preserve with trails, public barbecues, and the usual park amenities, but don’t miss the observation tower that nearly puts you on the water. It also puts you next to the Port of Oakland’s iconic cranes, in case you ever wanted to get a closer look.
Chabot Space & Science Center
Further south up in the hills, Chabot Space and Science Center sits above Skyline Boulevard. Not only is it a great place to see the entirety of the bay area before you, but at night, the Space and Science Center occasionally will hold stargazing events.
Oakland Zoo & Gondolas
Nestled in the hills of lower Oakland, the Oakland Zoo boasts a wide variety of animals from around the world, with stunning views of the local landscape. For an extra high vantage point, take a ride on their newly opened gondolas, as you travel even further up the hillside for a breathtaking view of Oakland, and the greater Bay Area.
— SF Weekly (@SFWeekly) July 25, 2017
Strawberry Canyon Hiking Trail
If you’re looking for a view you have to work for, why not give Strawberry Canyon Hiking Trail a go? Not for the faint of heart, this hiking trail takes you up through sweeping hillsides and landscapes, that will open you out into a stunning view of much of Oakland and the Bay.
— Berkeley Lab (@BerkeleyLab) January 25, 2018
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