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Modesto, CA

Did you know? Modesto started as a stop on the railway between Sacramento and L.A. While settlers wanted to name the city after Bank of California founder William Chapman Ralston, he demurred, and the city was named in Spanish in recognition of his modesty.

Overview of Modesto, CA

Modesto is in the Central Valley and surrounded by farmland, which lends itself to a large agricultural industry. Interstate and state routes provide commuter access to the Bay Area, Oakdale and the foothills, but Modesto has plenty to offer with a symphony orchestra, opera, Minor League Baseball team and a revitalized downtown. Modesto also gets high ratings for its housing affordability and short travel time.

Different Neighborhoods in Modesto

Check out some of the different neighborhoods Modesto has to offer.

East Modesto
This part of town is rich in Mexican culture and heritage with several churches and eateries. Agriculture is the cornerstone of this area.

North Modesto
North of highway 132, Modesto offers residential areas, the Modesto Junior College (George Lucas is an alumnus) and easy access to the arts district of downtown.

Northwest Modesto
To the northwest, Modesto's outskirts approach the Stanislaus River, which boasts several attractions and activities for locals and visitors alike. Hike or picnic along the river or head indoors to view one of several museums.

Northeast Modesto
The northeastern part of town has several community parks including Revard Manor Park, Orchard Park and Sylvan Park. Many shopping centers are located in the area as well.

Top Five Modesto Adventures

  1. For Broadway, comedy, dance and theatre, visit Gallo Center for the Arts:Home to two performance venues, the Gallo Center for the Arts celebrates diversity in the Central Valley area while bringing local and national talent to the stage.
  2. Take the American Graffiti Cruise: George Lucas, a Modesto native, created his film American Graffiti about growing up in the city, and highlighting the quintessential Californian experience of cruising. On the American Graffiti Cruise, follow the route through downtown and satisfy your nostalgia.
  1. Discover local public artwork: Dozens of pieces of unique artwork adorn street corners and parks throughout the city. Attractions include the 20-foot live Flower Clock, a life-size bronze Fur Trapper-Explorer and an homage to American Graffiti.
  2. Rock out at X-Fest: Each year the city is home to Xclamation! Festival in Downtown Modesto, a 21-and-over music festival. The party atmosphere attracts national names in rock, hip-hop and funk.
  3. Soak up tunes at the Fat Cat: Modesto's music scene has always been at the forefront of national trends, and a visit to the Fat Cat reminds you of the city's roots.