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Travel Nurse Assignments: Live Like a Local – Oakland, CA!


Welcome to Oakland, CA! Located across the bay from San Francisco, Oakland has been quietly establishing itself as one of California’s premier cities. Included in National Geographic’s list of Best Trips for 2019 and having earned national acclaim for their eclectic arts and culinary scenes, Oakland is a must see!

Sun’s Out Fun’s Out

With an average of over 260 days of sunshine per year, there’s rarely a bad day to hit the trails. Joaquin Miller Park is a perfect escape from the urban jungle, with 500 acres of wilderness and hiking trails, all within the city limits!


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Adjacent to Joaquin Miller Park is the Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, featuring hundreds of giant Redwood trees. In addition to hiking, the park has interpretive signs to teach you more about the history and ecology of the park. Are you an animal lover? If so, try to spot some of California’s unique wildlife, including the California Golden Eagle! The best part? Both parks are easily accessible using the BART public transit system.

Waterfall in Joaquin Miller Park

Arts and Culture

Oakland is home to a burgeoning arts and music scene gaining nationwide attention. The Town has long been considered a haven for artists and there are several galleries and museums to browse. The Oakland Museum of California brings art, history, and natural science together under one roof. The exhibits are regularly rotated so you may not have the same experience twice!


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If you want to learn more about the cosmos, check out the Chabot Space and Science Center, located within the Redwood Regional Park. This research center and observatory features a planetarium, interactive exhibits, and the only research level telescope available for public use in the Western U.S.

The Fox Theatre

Moreover, there are several cultural landmarks that are worth visiting and experiencing. The Fox Theater has been a staple in Oakland since 1928, and regularly hosts A-list musicians and comedians for shows. Oakland’s KONO district is known for their First Friday Street Festivals, open on, you guessed it, the first Friday of every month. The festival brings together artists, cooks, musicians, and showcases many of Oakland’s local businesses. It’s a great way to really immerse yourself in the local scene!

The Oakland Bay Bridge

Food and Drink

After a full day of activities, you’ll no doubt be hungry for some good eats. Luckily, Oakland has a smorgasbord of restaurants and food trucks that are sure to please any palate. Brenda’s was recently recommended by one of our travelers, and specializes in southern Cajun-style cuisine. Yoshi’s Restaurant is another popular spot, featuring traditional Japanese and Asian Fusion dishes. East Oakland is known for their delicious food trucks, such as El Grullo Taco Truck, which was featured on the travel show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Or check out Pomella, which serves traditional middle eastern food.

Hiking in San Leandro, CA, a suburb of Oakland.

Whatever strikes your fancy, Oakland has something for everyone. Send us your recommendations too! We’d love to hear from you.

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