Destination guide

A laid-back community close to Sacramento

Sitting just over 10 miles west of Sacramento, Davis may not be as well known as its neighbor, but it has a lot going in. For one thing, it’s the seat of the University of California, Davis, and – being a college town – it has a bustling nightlife, with taverns and taprooms a-plenty. When you’re not mingling, eating, and drinking with the locals, you can enjoy exploring the natural landmarks, and taking to the myriad cycle paths the area is known for. After all, the flat terrain has made this a top spot for cyclists. Davis vacation rentals, which include charming, cottage-type abodes, will instantly make you feel a part of the community.

Things to do

Artistic exploits in Davis

If you want to get an idea of just how creative the locals in Davis can be, then make a beeline for the Artery. This is a vibrant cooperative of artists, who work alongside each other and exhibit their eclectic works. You can browse paintings and ceramic sculptures, and even be able to purchase silk scarves and ornate pottery to take back as a souvenir. Then, after chilling out in your Davis vacation rental for a while, you can head back out to see rock bands, cutting-edge comedians, or ravishing classical recitals at the Mondavi Center.

Activities

Getting back to nature in Davis

It may come as a surprise to discover how much greenery there is to explore near Davis vacation rentals. One particular oasis is the UC Davis Arboretum, where plants from across the globe grow side by side in various colorful sections of this sprawling park. Birders will be delighted by kingfishers and herons darting here and there, while the sheer variety of plant life makes this a kind of living, organic museum which will awaken the senses. Experts are on-hand to give guided tours, too. And as if that wasn’t enough, you can also visit the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, where tours will take you amid the radiant, aromatic flowers and buzzing, busy bees.

Weather

Year-round reasons to visit Davis

If you don’t mind the heat, late spring and summer can be an enjoyable time to book Davis vacation rentals. The sun makes everything look radiant, while over in nearby Sacramento, you can experience music and food festivals. That said, many visitors may prefer the slightly milder temperatures that come in the fall – this is a good period for spending a lot of time outdoors, ambling the streets and visiting areas of scenic beauty.

Natural features

Watching wildlife in Davis

Nestled in the Sacramento Valley, the city’s urban core is bordered by the Davis Greenbelt. This is the place to come if you’re looking for areas to stroll or jog in, and it’s worth keeping an eye out for turtles too. Another swathe of nature is the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, which is located partway between Davis and Sacramento. With its natural, perennial wetlands and woodlands, it’s a vast, refreshing haven for wading birds, migratory birds, turtles, and fish.

How to get there

How to get to and around Davis

The nearest airport is in Sacramento, CA (SMF-Sacramento Intl.), located 12.4 mi (19.9 km) from the city center.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, you can make your way to Davis Station.

Where to stay around Davis?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 147 vacation rentals near Davis. From 90 Houses to 33 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Davis for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Davis?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Davis:

  • Central Sacramento: 71 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 35 vacation rentals
  • Midtown: 39 vacation rentals
  • Southeastern Sacramento: 51 vacation rentals
  • North Sacramento: 31 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Davis?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Davis. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • University of California Davis: 161 vacation rentals
  • U.C. Davis Graduate School of Management - Gallagher Hall: 161 vacation rentals
  • El Macero Country Club: 193 vacation rentals
  • UC Davis Arboretum: 163 vacation rentals
  • U.C. Davis Conference Center: 161 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Davis listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Davis?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 90 Houses in Davis. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Davis include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 33 rentals available
  • Cottages: 6 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 6 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Davis?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 24 vacation rentals with pool available in Davis. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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