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 great. Tons of parks, great restaurants, fun venues and activites, an active downtown night life, great city-wide events, and plenty of things to get involved in help keep the city fresh and vibrant.
Reviewed by wkinglewis
on September 17, 2012
We love Vacaville for the downtown fun, the great shopping and many restaurants. Friends that visit enjoy seeing the Jelly Belly factory store to buy "Belly Flops", love to buy produce from the first rate farmer's market, look forward to the downtown Wine Stroll, reminise at the many cool car shows on Merchant Street, and sing along at the town square concerts! The climate is ideal for walking the beautiful downtown and north side neighborhoods and the lake at Pena Adobe, where you'll often run into a neighbor or friend.
Reviewed by CaliCristina
on September 17, 2012
Vacaville is very special to me. I was raised here, graduated here, married my beautiful wife here, and raise our wonderful son here in Vacaville. Population just short of 100,000 people, Vacaville has a small hometown feel. From our downtown to our factory stores there is something to do for everyone. I urge you to come on down for our Friday night Creek Walk event. Our downtown has something to do almost every night of the week. Wonderful weather and lots of things to do make Vacaville the reason I voting for us to be the most fun.
Reviewed by ronrowlett
on September 17, 2012
GREAT overall town to not only raise a family but an amazing place to visit.
Reviewed by jpalesi
on September 17, 2012
Vacaville has everything and is close to everything. The City holds a lot of different activities for all ages. There are great places to play, eat, shop and live! No matter what you're into, it's here or close by. Being in between Sacramento
Reviewed by ChrisO
on September 17, 2012
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