UPSCALE. CULTURED. FUN. The tree-lined suburbs of Oakland are a 20-to-40-minute drive north of downtown Detroit. Here, we appreciate the simple and chic. The unique cafe scene. A good meal. The outdoors. Shopping or a show. From the lively downtowns (Ferndale, Royal Oak, Rochester and Birmingham) to the Detroit Zoo, there’s plenty of fun and friends in the Oakland.


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Retail options are plentiful in Oakland, with outlets featuring name brands and unbeatable prices right alongside upscale malls offering chic high-end designer collections. Posh downtowns? Oakland has several, with cozy streets and one-of-a-kind boutiques.

Food & Drink

In Oakland, steakhouses abound, sushi is a staple, and date night options are plentiful. Here, cocktails are craft, beers are brewed on-site, and the menus and atmospheres are often eclectic.

Places to Stay

 Oakland blends lots of green spaces with sprawling shopping, trendy downtowns, entertainment, sports and industry. Hotels follow in the same vein with lots of value options, plus super chic and trendy addresses.


Find everything you need to get where you’re going around Oakland County and beyond with transportation services in the Detroit metro area.

Things To Do

Oakland’s trendiest downtown hot spots such as Ferndale and Royal Oak amp things up with live music, billiards, comedic entertainment and more. There’s also family-friendly options and endless exciting adventures to be had.

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Things You Should Know

Do you still have questions about Oakland? We’ve got you covered!

As of 2020, the population of Oakland County is 1,274,395.

Detroit is about 45 miles from Clarkston, 33 miles from Auburn Hills and Novi, 28 miles from Rochester Hills, 24 miles from Troy, and 15 miles from Southfield and Royal Oak.

I-75 is the main north–south highway in the region, serving Flint, Pontiac, Troy, and Detroit. I-96 runs northwest–southeast through Oakland County and (as the Jeffries Freeway) has its eastern terminus in downtown Detroit. I-275 runs north–south from I-75 in the south to the junction of I-96 and I-696 in the north, providing a bypass through the western suburbs of Detroit. I-696 (Walter P. Reuther Freeway) runs east–west from the junction of I-96 and I-275, providing a route through the northern suburbs of Detroit. Taken together, I-275 and I-696 form a semicircle around Detroit.

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