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.

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Reviewed by RonTemnHinc
on October 12, 2017
I have lived in Vacaville since 1957. Although we are approximately 100,000. inhabitants, we have retained our small town feel. Our Downtown Vacaville Business Improvement District works hard at providing fun, wholesome activities year round. Presently we have our Creekwalk concert series every Friday night. The entertainment goes from classic rock , to country, to Americana. We offer a fabulous Farmers market on Saturday mornings. an Art and Wine stroll, Ladies nights, and more. Our citizens are so friendly! We actually smile and greet warmly. Only the transplants who are trying to learn our ways have difficulty with our friendly ways. I know California is expensive to live in but I could never move. Our proximity to the best wines, best snow skiing and fabulous beach are not to be beat. And our weather is amazing. Yes, I would say we are a very unique locale. You would like it here.
Reviewed by
on August 1, 2013
Nestled in the rolling hills just west of Sacramento Valley -- an hour from San Francisco, and within minutes of the Napa and Sonoma wine countries – Vacaville, California is a special place to live, work, play, and visit. Our pastoral setting, charming and vibrant downtown, and world-class shopping make Vacaville a perfect getaway or home base to your Central Valley California vacation experience. Our central location and affordable lodging are a short drive from San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, and Lake Tahoe. However, if you’re looking for some great local fun, you’ll love our historic downtown area, scenic parks, and performing arts venues. Vacaville features hundreds of events each year. From our Jazz Festival to our Chili Cookoff to the Wine & Food Jubilee or the Medievel Fantasy Festival, there is an event for everyone. And we can't forget our wonderful arts & curtural events. Vacaville has a wonderful ballet company, plays and theater at our performing arts theather and the Solano County Symphony. There is never a shortage of fun things to do in Vacaville, CA. Whether it is shopping, dining, attending a performance or event, Vacaville means Fun!!!
Reviewed by VacavilleCA
on September 17, 2012
We love the downtown concerts!
Reviewed by musicatslp
on September 17, 2012
I was raised right here in Vacaville. I've lived here or on the TAFB my whole life, and I wouldn't trade it. It's a nice, quiet little place from the outside looking in, but when you become acquainted with Vacaville, it's a whole new world. Downtown is a fantastic place to be; my favourite thing to do is walk from my high school (Elise P. Buckingham Charter Magnet) to the town square library through the little alley next to the Italian restaurant named Fuso; there is an old lampost and the pathway is made of cobblestone; and with t he smell of the Italian food, the scene is set. My friends and I love to hang out at Andrew's Park (or, I believe that now it is called "The Wonder"). It's an awesome little spot right next to the afore mentioned alleyway. Overall, I love my little town and will miss it greatly when I leave for college. I'll always come back for the festivals, especially Fiesta Days :) I love to see all of the marching bands, being a former Vaca Pena band-marcher myself!
Reviewed by vacaviille
on September 17, 2012
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