ModestoUnited States of America

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Experience the sports, festivals, and local cuisine in Modesto!

Feel at home as soon as you arrive in this northern Californian city, home to 200,000 residents. If there’s something eerily familiar about Modesto, it might be that you’ve seen its streets on the silver screen. Think back to George Lucas’ 1973 classic film American Graffiti, which immortalized the city’s streets.

The cozy city is surrounded by some of California’s most fertile farmland, responsible for large crops of nuts as well as poultry and dairy production. Sample California’s most succulent produce at a weekend farmers market before you set off to explore Modesto’s many sites or take a daytrip to the surrounding regions.

Modesto is conveniently located in the heart of California’s major tourism area. Drive a short distance to reach the state capital, Sacramento, the stylish San Francisco and its Bay Area, the incomparable wilderness of Yellowstone National Park and many other major attractions. Don’t feel compelled to leave Modesto, however. There’s plenty to see and do in the city itself.

If you’re staying in the downtown area, walk to reach the city’s shopping and entertainment precincts. Browse through antique stores and pick up local handicrafts before settling down for a long lunch in the sun and a glass or two of award-winning California wine.

Visit Modesto in June when the town comes alive for Graffiti Summer, a celebration of Lucas’ landmark film and one of the United States’ best-known directors, who was born in the city. Watch as classic hot rods parade down the streets and 1950s rock ’n’ roll echoes through the town.

Even if you don’t come for summer, rest assured that you’re probably in for good weather since Modesto enjoys a mild climate year-round. Revel in the chance to get outside and follow one of Modesto’s walking trails as it weaves past the city’s most cherished sites, like the McHenry Museum and the Vintage Faire Mall.

Known for

Shopping, Family-Friendly and Sports

Top Hotels in Modesto

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto
3.5 out of 5
1150 9th St, Modesto, CA
$122/night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.2/5Excellent! (1,335 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Modesto Arch and Gallo Center for the Arts. Modesto Junior College East Campus and Modesto ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,335 reviews)

"In general, it was a good experience, except the parking garage fee."…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto
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Baymont by Wyndham Modesto Salida
2 out of 5
4100 Salida Blvd, Modesto, CA
$84/night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
3.8/5Good! (849 reviews)

Situated in Modesto, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Boomers, Blue Diamond Growers, and Vintage Faire Mall. Modesto Junior College West Campus and Modesto ...

3.8/5Good! (849 reviews)

"The staff super attentive service was great. The hotbR breakfast was also great"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Baymont by Wyndham Modesto Salida
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Modesto Hotel
3 out of 5
1720 Sisk Rd, Modesto, CA
$99/night
Sep 17 - Sep 18
3.8/5Good! (1,023 reviews)

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Modesto Junior College West Campus and within 3 mi (5 km) of Vintage Faire Mall and Modesto ...

3.8/5Good! (1,023 reviews)

"They were doing construction so the exterior looks a little rough but the rooms are nicely furnished"…"

Reviewed on Sep 3, 2019

Modesto Hotel

Top activities in Modesto

Operation City Quest of Modesto, CA
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Operation City Quest of Modesto, CA

$10

Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.

Mystery Thrill Seekers - Hwy 49 Jameston to Sutter's Creek
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Mystery Thrill Seekers - Hwy 49 Jameston to Sutter's Creek

$16

Fun, Interactive game played on location with your smart phone. Your mission is to work together to solve puzzles, unlock clues and solve who dunnit. As you explore, you’ll learn fun facts & local history. Challenge yourself or others to get high score on the leader board.

Luxor Coach provide transpotation for Napa wine tour, city tour as San Francisco
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Luxor Coach provide transpotation for Napa wine tour, city tour as San Francisco

$137

Your tour starts with pickup at your hotel or rental house from central valley or San Francisco by your private vehicle and driver. Then set off on your exploration through California's legendary wine country. You'll enjoy unforgettable views and a taste of world class wines.

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