Stockton, CA, USA

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Stockton, CA, USA

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Stockton is a well-kept California secret

Follow in the footsteps of prospectors and gold seekers with a trip to Stockton: a town almost midway between Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, and the coveted Cali coast, where age-stained facades belie a center that's always worth a couple days' deeper exploration than just a stopover. Stockton vacation rentals will get you a base close to the famous movie theaters of Bob Hope, the resurgent entertainment district of Weber Point, and the fascinating inland port sides of the San Joaquin River.

Stockton's brimming with film-centric festivals

Theater going has been an evening pastime in Stockton since the days of the famous vaudevillians, while other – more up-to-date – night time entertainments also bolster the town center with the likes of Trappist beer bars, Chinese cookhouses, and Italian trattorias. Then you've got the medley of international film festivals, children's festivals, and quirky asparagus-based food fests dotting the yearly calendar, many of which focus on the sprawling expo center on McLeod Lake. What's more, bagging a Stockton vacation rental close to the San Joaquin River can mean sailing trips and lazy days on the California Delta.

The docklands and the downtown culture of Stockton

There's oodles of culture and history to get stuck into here. Search for a Stockton vacation rental in the downtown area and you could soon be flitting between the famous Bob Hope Theatre, the 19th-century painting collections of the iconic Haggin Museum, the gold-tipped Buddhas of the Wat Dhammararam temple, and the queue magnets that are the Weber Point Events Center box offices. The town also hosts one of the West's most acclaimed children's museums, along with regular farmers' markets showcasing the mouthwatering goods of the Cali Central Valley.

Festivals dictate the season in Stockton

Thanks to its mild Mediterranean-type climate, Stockton enjoys a long season for visitors. The ball starts rolling in the midwinter, when the San Joaquin International Film Festival erupts in February. Then, events of all sorts keep life pulsing and travelers stopping by, from the Asparagus Festival in March to the Greek Festival in September. That means you're bound to find something to enjoy and plenty of suitable Stockton vacation rentals no matter if you come in springtime, summer, or fall.

Stockton’s in the heart of the California Central Valley

Stockton sits in an enviable location on the rolling plains of the California Central Valley. To the west, the tendrils of the San Joaquin River mark the end of the asparagus farms and the gateway to the Pacific Ocean. To the east, the slight rises of the Sierra Nevada are what draw the eye, hiding the wonders of Yosemite National Park, and the ski fields and boating waters of Lake Tahoe. That means you won't ever have to venture far from your Stockton vacation rentals to spot either whales in the ocean or American black bears in the peaks.