Oakland is definitely a city you want to be on the ground to explore– in the streets, and in the action. But, it’s always nice to climb upwards, grab a view of our beautiful city, and take it all in. Here are some of our favorite places in town to get the best Oakland views.

Joaquin Miller Park’s Pyramid to Moses

Joaquin Miller Park has many spots to catch a great view of Oakland and the rest of the Bay Area. The Pyramid to Moses is a monument erected by Joaquin Miller, symbolizing his belief in the Ten Commandments.  You can get a sweeping view of the Town, many parts of the East Bay, the Peninsula, and SF. Another well-known spot to visit is Lookout Point. Check out this map of the park for both locations.

A man holding his dog next to the Pyramid of Moses at Joaquin Miller Park

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Leona Heights Park

At Leona Heights Park (different from Leona Canyon), the incredible views (especially at sunset) are the cherry on top of this beautiful forest trail hike. This park doesn't get as much foot traffic as Oakland's other parks, so it's a great alternative for maintaining a safe distance. 

Man setting up his camera tripod at Leona Heights Park, overlooking the Oakland

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The Oakland Temple

The Oakland Temple is a sight in itself– a grand castle-esque structure complete with gold trim. Plus, the panoramic views of Oakland from all sides of the temple are just as magnificent.

Aerial view of the illuminated Oakland Temple

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Jack London Square Garage - Top Floor

Soak in extra special waterfront views from atop the Jack London Square parking garages and pedestrian crossings for new perspectives. 

Waterfront view from first floor of Jack London Square in Oakland, CA

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Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

Inspired to take in a view from the ground-level? Middle Harbor Shoreline Park offers views of the Bay Bridge, port cranes, and SF across the Bay. You can probably spend all day here, biking, picnicking, and enjoying the sunset with this amazing view.

Man and woman with bicycles at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park at sunset


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