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.

Why Not Vacacille? Pleasant Climate, close to Ocean or Mountains. Wine country literally in our back yard. Beautiful Sunsets.
Reviewed by melissamm
on September 17, 2012
This city cannot be beat. Centrally located between San Francisco and Sacramento. 20 minutes from Napa Valley wineries and 2 to 2 and a half hours to Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada. Beaches less than an hour away and some of the best and beautiful lakes in all of California are easily accessible from here. The weather is amazing year round. I lived there for 13 years and every summer it only rained like 1 or 2 days, it only ever rains in the winter. Never had to worry about snow or icy roads in the winter here. Travis Air Force base is located 7 miles from Vacaville. Visit the Nut Tree while here. The people are very friendly and the community is simply amazing. I've missed it every day since I returned back to my home state of Texas.
Reviewed by sdvaughn76
on September 17, 2012
I've lived in Vacaville for 21 years and as time has moved along and more people came to our town the MORE FUN it has become! Downtown has live music almost everyday, the summer concert series, Fiesta Days, Merriment on Main and a ton of other stuff too. Folks are friendly and it still has that small town character that keeps us here and brings visitors to our city.
Reviewed by Stone
on September 17, 2012
Vacaville has so much to talk about. It is very patriotic as it sits next to Travis Air Force Base. We have Lakes and campsites and majoe attractions all around us.We have Summer activities all summer long with parades and our own fiesta day week long fun. The weather is great here so enjoy.
Reviewed by Lonnie
on September 17, 2012
Vacaville has something fun for everyone! Large holiday celebrations, free live music downtown all summer, fantastic arts performances at the theater. There are too many things to list... Most of these events are for people of all ages and are very family oriented. For a city of almost 100,000 there is a small town feel and you can't help running into friends everywhere you go. They have community recreation programs for people from 2 to 92 in everything from sports (T-ball for my 2 year old) to Tai-Chi. The Town Square is "everyone's" meeting place and where you really feel at home. We have almost every kind of activity you can ask for within a short day trip. Wine tasting? 10 min to Suisun valley, 30 min to Napa Valley. World Class shopping? Gucci, Juicy etc at our outlets, Union Square, SF 1 hour. Water Skiing? 30 min to Lake Berryessa. Snow skiing? 90 min to Sierra Ski Ranch. Surfing? 90 min to Santa Cruz. 2 MLB, 2 NFL and 2 NBA teams within an hour. Most of the fun can be had at home from the Medieval Festival in April, Fiesta Days in May, Creekwalk Concerts and Farmers Market late spring to early Fall, Fourth of July Fireworks, Wine Strolls, Fun Runs, Arts Festivals, VPAT's season of shows starting in Fall, to the Festival of Trees, Candy Cane Lane and the Downtown Tree Lighting, the fun is year round.
Reviewed by SBro707
on September 17, 2012
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