Vacaville, California


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

5 Votes - "Friendliest"
1 Votes - "Most Fun"


Located in San Francisco Bay, the city of Vacaville (sometimes called “Golden Hills”) is about halfway between Sacramento and San Francisco. For tourists, there is plenty to do in this sunny spot. The city holds yearly Vacaville Fiesta Days, which boasts a parade with the local schools’ marching bands, gymnasts, and an electric car showcase.

For more family-friendliness, kids will enjoy The Nut Tree, which is home to a train for children and a life-size checkerboard, with plenty of dining and shopping options for adults. And for the shopping enthusiasts, visitors can visit the Vacaville Premium Outlets for bargains in 120 stores.

Don’t miss Downtown Vacaville, which offers a seasonal farmer’s market, a playground, top-notch dining, and Creekwalk–a venue which often holds concert series.

Christmas-time is a big celebration in Vacaville. The city has an annual Festival of Trees in its local ice-skating rink. Vacaville residents hold the Tree Lighting Ceremony, and enjoy music, hot chocolate, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

For recreation, Lagoon Valley Lake and the Pena Adobe Regional Park are great for fishing, hiking, or just getting some fresh air and beautiful views.

Vacaville is a great place to raise children. Lots of things to do.
Reviewed by radcon
on September 17, 2012
Vacaville was a great place to grow up in during the 80s. The 90s brought devastating development and an overflow of people who could no longer afford city life. This affected the town in a pejorative manner--people became less friendly, "wanna-be" gangsters and their overly supportive parents replaced small town/city values with those of the walmart, big box store economy crowd. If any city could be a prime example of how to sell-out, become bigoted, yet maintain a shiny facade...Vacaville would be the place. Pros/cons: Pro&con- Travis AFB keeps a fresh supply of patriots from other states flocking to Vacaville. Cons: everything is pretty much real old "local" spots. Mostly fast food and big box stores. Being green to the locals = buying a Prius and setting out the recycle bin once a week. Education is not as important as it used to be, the dynamic is now an under-educated, right wing majority (majority of newer residents after 1994). Pros: There are real locals that still care, and still try despite Vacaville rapidly becoming what Fairfield and Vallejo were. A few true local spots still exist. Educators still care and try to do their best despite an undersupportive board, and local govt.
Reviewed by Npcurry
on September 17, 2012
The hometown festivals create such a fun and connected atmosphere. People are fun and friendly and helpful. The town is beautiful. We are not from here originally, but having traveled quite a bit with the Air Force, we have seen what the country and world have to offer. We will proudly and joyfully call this our permanent home someday!
Reviewed by jennyc
on September 17, 2012
I am voting for Vacaville, CA because I have lived here since 1973 and I love it. The atmosphere is friendly, safe, and fun. The downtown consistently offers music, fairs, a farmer's market, and a variety of celebrations. There are lots of good places to eat and shop. It is fun to live here. I have no desire to live anywhere else!
Reviewed by craigrossiter
on September 17, 2012
I love my home in cowtown
Reviewed by VValltheway
on September 17, 2012
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