Walk, bike, or drive to trek Oakland’s historic neon landscape with this collection of self-guided tour maps. Signs that light up at night are designated on the maps with red map markers. Star markers designate Oakland’s finest neon signs. Bonus signs are included on every map for those who want to go further and see vintage signs that are off-route. Each route is a 4-mile trek.
Help us gather the history of the small businesses that these signs represent, and send feedback on condition of the signs. Send us historic photos or ephemera scans of matchbooks and postcards, we’ll post them in the correlating Google map marker descriptions. Oakland Neon maps were developed by urban researchers and neon historians Gene Anderson, Al Barna, Devi L. Dahl, Andrew Danish, and Randall Ann Homan.