The kids will vote for Disneyland every time but if you want to try something different this year – if only for a night – try stopping at the Seven Sycamores Ranch on your way up or down the San Joaquin Valley. It's a fun destination that will show your youngsters a little about farm life and help them understand the importance of California's agriculture.
They never talk about why Opie and Andy are walking down to the fishing hole in the opening credits of the "Andy Griffith Show."
MODESTO – In 1993, cruising was shut down in the city that inspired the movie "American Graffiti."
MODESTO – John Sanders knew the odds were tall when he sent George Lucas an invitation to serve as grand marshal for the American Graffiti Car Show and Festival.
Frank Vieira is there. So is his best buddy Frank Brazil.
When Don Harmon hopped in his 1955 red and white Plymouth for the very first time, it was love at first drive. His passion for domestic cars has transcended well over six decades through collecting, remodeling and assembling the classic wheels.
Looking for a midweek respite from your usual evening routine?
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The junked signs that attracted throngs to old Las Vegas have for years gathered dust in a neon boneyard just a few miles from the sleek mega-casinos on the Strip.
LATHROP - Give Every Child a Chance is staging the Ropin' on the River Rodeo hosted by Dell'Osso Family Farm today and Sunday.
MODESTO - Before there was American Graffiti there was Louie Wyrsch.
STOCKTON – He's revived asphalt racing in San Joaquin County, introduced a dirt track to its fans and may one day lay down a drag strip.
Mike Drake grew up with dreams of becoming a race car driver. The allure of finely tuned machines, high speeds, and cheering fans excites most young boys, but the source of Drake's racing dreams didn't stem from TV or the movies, it came from watching his father circle the track at the Merced Speedway.
LODI – Back in the 1970s, Kingdon Drags was the place where Corvettes, Challengers, GTOs, Camaros, Firebirds, Mustangs and other muscle and fast cars of those days were in abundance.
Jason Webb knows high performance machines.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prolific documentary-maker Alex Gibney delivers a gripping account of the wins and losses of hard-charging idealism on the front lines of the information wars in "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks." Exhaustively researched and balanced in its view of the controversial key player, the film slips in ahead of DreamWorks' dramatic take on the exploits of Julian Assange, "The Fifth Estate," which is currently shooting.
For decades, Tom Canales has traveled the Central Valley and Mother Lode by vehicle, using Highway 108 as a portal to the mountains.
To get the most of out of an urbanized hike through Turlock, look no further than Califia.
MODESTO – The hulking glass windows of the Gallo Center for the Arts loom in the background.
This is the story of two friends, both mothers of two-year-old tots. One lives in Ripon. The other lives in Lathrop.
On the way back to family court which was once the JC Penney building I walked the downtown streets of Stockton, getting ready to pick up a dear friend who was there on a summons.
Taking a walk, a bike ride or a healthy jog around the Ripon community can be a pleasant experience.
When Vicente Sconza opened a candy kitchen in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1939 as an Italian immigrant he was living the sweetest life possible.
Owner Eddi Marie Julian chuckles every time the sign displayed outside of her Downtown Modesto candy shop causes a passerby to do a double take.
What's sweeter than Toot Sweets?
Nestled amidst the dairies and orchards that line W. Main Street between Turlock and Patterson is the Farmers' Den. Just as the name implies, the restaurant is a gathering place for the area's farmers and ranchers - and on weekends also for those traveling to Interstate 5 or State Route 156.
Sometimes it takes an out of towner to make you realize that some of the finest places to dine are in your own backyard.
Hangouts are those places where friends hang out with friends and Ripon has many from the old Odds Fellow Hall to the ice cream shop, a favorite for school children walking home from school.
TRACY – Mario Figueroa had the mushroom burger.
WALNUT GROVE - A touch of Italy served with a romantic Sunday brunch awaits those venturing into heart of the Delta at the Grand Island Mansion.
Love is in the air with the "Love You Baby Lunch" on Friday, Feb. 13, made possible by the Downtown Stockton Alliance.