Visitors hoping to find a less-touristy area of California will be delighted to discover Oakland, just east of San Francisco Bay. History lovers are spoilt for choice in Old Oakland, with its unique Victorian architecture and sympathetically restored buildings. Families will adore Lakeside Park, with the Children's Fairyland theme park being a particular favorite. Those wishing to learn more about the area can visit the Museum of California, to discover fascinating facts about art and nature. Uptown is the place to be for restaurants and bars. Oakland is worth every minute of a long weekend break or even a more extended stay.