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The “Oakland Hills” refers to a cluster of neighborhoods that lie between Oakland’s flatlands and the East Bay Regional Park District. These neighborhoods make up the highest elevations within the city.

At the foothills, students revel in the beautiful park-like campus of Mills College, an independent liberal arts and sciences university for women.

In the Grass Valley neighborhood, the Joseph Knowland State Arboretum and Park hosts the Oakland Zoo, home to over 660 native and exotic animals.

Every year the Woodminster Summer Musicals give visitors and locals their musical theater fix beneath the stars at the open-air amphitheater nestled in the beautiful 500-acre Joaquin Miller Park. In the summer, anglers take to the Temescal Regional Park where Lake Temescal supports a recreational beach stocked with rainbow trout, catfish, and largemouth bass.

Montclair Village, a wealthy neighborhood located along the western slope of the Oakland Hills, is composed of windy roads, heavily forested hills, and houses ranging from single-family cottages to mansions and gated estates. Its compact shopping district sits at the bottom of the valley right off of Highway 13.

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Oakland Zoo

9777 Golf Links Rd, Oakland, CA 94605

The Oakland Zoo is nestled in the rolling hills of 525-acre Knowland Park.

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Taqueria Las Comadres

2069 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611

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Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve

Skyline Blvd Between Broadway Ter and Snake Rd, Oakland, CA 94620


Oni Sushi

6100 La Salle Ave, Oakland, CA 94611


Pagarung Thai Cuisine

6200 Antioch St, Oakland, CA 94611


Chabot Space & Science Center Tien MegaDome

10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, CA 94619

Oakland's gateway to the wonders of the universe is an 86,000-square-foot sci-fi playland operating one of the largest public telescopes in the United States, a space flight simulator, the Megadome theatre, and a 250-seat Plantarium. The closest thing to

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Metro Montclair

2058 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611


Lake Temescal

6500 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618

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