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.

we are big enough to have the amenities of shopping and chain stores with the local home town feel. Downtown is full of shops and dining. We host over 60 events in the downtown every year. As a Navy Dependent we have lived everywhere - Vacaville is the best!
Reviewed by ryanbatesphotography
on September 17, 2012
I love the shopping and selection yet it is still a small town feel!
Reviewed by ShellyBakosh
on September 17, 2012
There is always something to do here!!
Reviewed by SondraG
on September 17, 2012
I love this town! From Merriment On Main in December, Fiesta Days over Memorial Day weekend, the Summer Creekwalk Concert Series....and this is only the tip of the iceberg. There is a lot of fun in Vacaville!
Reviewed by Creffieldm
on September 17, 2012
Our Downtown business group has events going on year round!
Reviewed by LauraP
on September 17, 2012
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