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 filmAmerican 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

Baymont by Wyndham Modesto Salida
Baymont by Wyndham Modesto Salida
2.5 out of 5
4100 Salida Blvd, Salida, CA, 95358
The price is $97 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
$97
per night
Feb 6 - Feb 7
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Salida. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
3.7/5 Good! (1,009 reviews)
"Clean and safe"

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

Baymont by Wyndham Modesto Salida
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto
4 out of 5
1150 9th St, Modesto, CA, 95354
The price is $118 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$118
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Modesto. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,035 reviews)
"Trains wake you up at all times during the night. Beds are definitely comfortable though."

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Modesto
Hampton Inn Turlock
Hampton Inn Turlock
2.5 out of 5
1821 Lander Ave, Turlock, CA, 95380
The price is $127 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$127
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Turlock. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (1,018 reviews)
The Best
"The stay was amazing & the bed was so comfortable. Thank you"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2023

Hampton Inn Turlock
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.
Comfortable House w/ Wi-Fi/TV
Comfortable House w/ Wi-Fi/TV
Turlock, CA
Stay at this vacation home in Turlock. Enjoy WiFi, 2 bathrooms, and 3 bedrooms. Popular attractions Turlock Historical Society Museum and Carnegie Arts Center ...
Comfortable House w/ Wi-Fi/TV
3 Bedroom Tree-House
3 Bedroom Tree-House
Modesto, CA
Stay at this cabin in Modesto. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Popular attractions E and J Gallo Winery and McHenry Museum and Mansion are located nearby. ...
3 Bedroom Tree-House
Luxury Custom Home in Oakdale Parkview
Luxury Custom Home in Oakdale Parkview
3 out of 5
2383 Greger St, Oakdale, CA, 95361
Stay at this 3-star vacation home in Oakdale. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 restaurants. Popular attractions Mike's Card Casino and Oakdale Cowboy Museum ...
Luxury Custom Home in Oakdale Parkview
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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