People might be surprised to learn that Oakland is the fifth busiest port in the nation, with 200,000 jobs related to the marine cargo industry. The city yields the highest concentration of artists per capita in the U.S. along with a wide range of music and nightclub options. Oakland showcases a vast cuisine scene with numerous ethnic markets and international restaurants.
With 5.5 miles of Pacific Ocean waterfront, Long Beach is nicknamed the “Aquatic Capital of America.” Its vision is to also become the most bicycle friendly urban city in the country, and its parks department has earned several national beautification awards. Must-see attractions include the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, the Queen Mary art deco ocean liner, and whale watching tours.
Named an All-America City, Santa Clara features a variety of restaurants along with top shopping destinations such as Westfield Valley Fair mall, while Santa Clara University is the oldest institution of higher learning in California. Levi’s Stadium opens in Santa Clara in September 2014 as the new home of the San Francisco 49ers and host of Super Bowl L in 2016.