Modesto, CA

Travel Guide

Relive the excitement of 1960s America during the Graffiti Summer celebration or take a daytrip to Yellowstone National Park from this San Joaquin Valley city.

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.

Where to stay in Modesto

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Modesto Salida
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Modesto Salida
2.5 out of 5
4909 Sisk Rd, Salida, CA
The price is $97 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Situated in Salida, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Blue Diamond Growers and Boomers. Kaiser Modesto and Vintage Faire Mall are also within 3 mi (5 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (975 reviews)
"Nice place, clean and great price. Good continental breakfast"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Modesto Salida
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto
4 out of 5
1150 9th St, Modesto, CA
The price is $107 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Located in the heart of Modesto, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Modesto Arch and Gallo Center for the Arts. Modesto Junior College East Campus ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (953 reviews)
"Near restaurants but also the train tracks. Trains pass through at all hours, blowing the whistle, even at 2am. Rooms were clean and well equipped"

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Manteca - Ripon
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Manteca - Ripon
2.5 out of 5
1524 Colony Road, Ripon, CA
The price is $97 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 5
Situated in Ripon, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Boomers, Manteca Historical Museum, and Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley. Vintage Faire Mall and Big ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (750 reviews)
"Located near freeway interchange so a bit noisy when window was open, but not a sleeping issue. Excellent mattress and bedding. Excellent room with nice art work. Very friendly staff. Breakfast was super and facility was very clean."

Reviewed on Nov 24, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Manteca - Ripon
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Turlock, CA
Home2 Suites by Hilton Turlock, CA
3 out of 5
1831 Lander Ave, Turlock, CA
The price is $142 per night from Dec 25 to Dec 25
Situated in Turlock, this aparthotel is 4.1 mi (6.6 km) from California State University Stanislaus and within 32 mi (52 km) of Gallo Center for the Arts and ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (48 reviews)
"It is right in the center of a gas station, grocery store, fast food and many traveling essentials therefore, it was silent at night and made it easy to relax, the front desk was very friendly and was able to speak Spanish which made the hotel feel a home. I also like the fact that the parking lot ..."

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Turlock, CA
Nicely setup studio with FAST Internet , Disney Plus, Netflix and VUDU
Nicely setup studio with FAST Internet , Disney Plus, Netflix and VUDU
Turlock, CA
Located in Turlock, this family-friendly apartment building is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from California State University Stanislaus, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Pedretti ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
It was a perfect experience
"Both the property and the host made my trip the way I wished it went. I would recommend this to anyone. Thank you"

Reviewed on Nov 13, 2021

Nicely setup studio with FAST Internet , Disney Plus, Netflix and VUDU
Spacious 5 Bedroom / 4 bath Home in a gated community!  Best deal available!
Spacious 5 Bedroom / 4 bath Home in a gated community! Best deal available!
Patterson, CA
Situated in Patterson, this vacation home is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Floragold Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Patterson Westley Historical Society Museum and Patterson ...
Spacious 5 Bedroom / 4 bath Home in a gated community! Best deal available!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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