Stockton is a far cry from its rowdy days as a Gold Rush town, but thanks to revitalization efforts it deserves more than just a courtesy nod from traffic passing by on Interstate 5 or Highway 99, which frame this city to the west and east respectively. Close to a number of California "notables", including the Pacific Coast, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park and Lodi wine country, this rapidly growing city should get kudos for its location at least, as well as its ranking as the "Best Tree City" in the western United States. Which really ought to mean something - shade, if nothing else in these sunny climes.
If you're stopping over in Stockton and looking for things to do, be sure to give some of its own attractions, like historic buildings or the Haggin Museum a gander before seeking out the outdoor activities that lie within easy reach. A stone's skip away is the California Delta, frequented by boaters, water skiers, sailors and sun-bathers. Slightly farther afield, though still readily accessible, is New Melones Lake, a houseboating hot spot close in turn to the west side of Yosemite National Park. Though California's best known wineries are to the northwest, around the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Lodi, a quick trip north, is an up-and-coming wine destination in its own right, home to a number of facilities that offer tours and tastings to interested oenophiles (if you're short on time simply detour over to the Lodi Wine & Visitor Center, which is equipped with a substantial selection of wine for sampling).In Lodi, there's also a small regional zoo, perhaps a better option for those with minors in tow.
Stockton is located at the junction of I-5 and Highway 4 just 83 miles east of San Francisco, and 45 miles south of Sacramento, the capital of California.