California's Central Valley is often overlooked compared to other attractions offered within the state. The Central Valley, however, offers more than attractions and fake animatronics; instead, the land instills a genuine, rustic appeal that allows one to drive as in a reverie of life outside the urban geographic region.
Manteca is known as The Family City.
With more than 700 miles of waterways there are bound to be a few scenic stretches along the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta perfect for an afternoon cruise.
Heading up either Highway 120 or 88 into the foothills always offers an interesting respite in the towns of Sonora and Columbia to Murphys and Angels Camp and even into Groveland's Pine Mountain Lake – especially for newcomers to the Central Valley.
Once upon a time, Morada was home to Pollardville ghost town and chicken kitchen family restaurant.
Whether you are an avid cyclist bent on adventure, or a calm, slow biker wanting to cruise down the street, Canal Drive in Turlock offers one of the more bike-friendly paths for an autumn jaunt.
National parks in California are some of the most beautiful in the country but anyone who has tried to visit Yosemite National Park in summer will almost certainly agree: things are starting to get a little crowded. One wonders if the pioneers who had the foresight to set aside these scenic lands would be appalled at the sight of hundreds of tour buses plying the park's narrow roadways.
Some people like to watch Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" every Christmas.
The Associated Students of Modesto Junior College continue to demonstrate their lively (or perhaps, deadly) holiday spirit by sponsoring their eighth annual Halloween Carnival and Haunted House extravaganza today, held at Modesto Junior College's West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. The event begins at 2 p.m. and thoroughly finishes off their black magic at 9 p.m.
There are plenty of things to do in the bewitching season especially in Manteca-Lathrop - the undisputed Pumpkin Capital of California.
Don't count on spirits being low this Halloween. Despite the trademark holiday landing on a Wednesday, Ceres Community Center is hosting a Halloween Festival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. that is free to monster mashers of any age (although, children must be accompanied by an adult). The event, which will be held at 2701 4th St. in Ceres, offers a multitude of mysteries and mysticism that are designed to keep everyone entertained, and primarily safe for this invigorating weeknight.
MODESTO - In anticipation of All Hallow's Eve, The State Theatre is conducting what is billed as the First Annual Fete & Film for Kids, a spellbinding and memory-making event for youngsters that includes sweet treats, kindly ghouls and goblin boys, a costume parade and an enchanting cast of young, local actors portraying scarecrows, benevolent witches and characters from favorite fairy tales.
Here's a listing of Halloween happenings this year in Stanislaus County
SAN JOSE - The Winchester Mystery House at 525 S. Winchester Blvd. in San Jose is bringing back their attraction 'Fright Nights' for a second year.
RIO VISTA - Today and Sunday the Western Railway Museum will run special Pumpkin Festival Trains. Now in its 15th year, this old time harvest festival is a highlight of autumn and for many, a family tradition.
Turlockers looking for the perfect place to celebrate the end of 2016 and ring in the beginning of 2017 need look no further than local ...
Partygoers of all ages often look forward to this year-end bash at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in Stockton.
MODESTO – Tired of the standard New Year's Eve party?
A New Year's Eve gala is being planned at Ripon's Spring Creek Country Club in its spacious and elegant new clubhouse near the ...
SAN FRANCISCO – Tired of the same old New Year's Eve parties with the same old people?
MODESTO – What's better than piling the family into the car, turning up the heater, and driving around to see which houses have gone all-out ...
As one of the city's most beloved traditions, Turlock's Christmas Tree Lane has served as a perfect way to kick off the holiday ...
Toss aside the Wii. Forget Space Mountain. This is the real deal, well except for the snow. It's manmade.
LATHROP – There are those who hang Christmas lights because they enjoy the festive atmosphere that it brings to the neighborhood.
Stockton may not have an official Christmas Tree Lane, but there are plenty of places around town to see some spectacular light shows.
SONORA - Sonora in the heart of the Gold Country with its historic main street and its colorful mom and pop stores along with many bed ...
SAN FRANCISCO – There are some people who will wait days just to get their hands on one electronic item that's available for blowout prices.
It's always Christmas at this one shop in historic Old Sacramento.