10 Best Road Trips from Davis
March 30, 2019
Every now and then, you just have to get away for a bit. This is especially true for college students wrapping up another round of grueling finals. If you’re in the mood to embark on a road trip from your humble abode at UC housing, then these ten destinations are exactly what you need for a little R&R.
Napa is known for its vast vineyard and ample wineries, making it an excellent place to visit. Whether you simply go to enjoy the sights or taste the country’s best wine, this locale makes for the ultimate high-class day trip.
While you’re there, give the Napa Valley Wine Train a try. As you travel through the areas top drinking destinations checking out the breathtaking scenery, you can enjoy a traveling restaurant on the vintage locomotive.
If wine isn’t your thing, the area still has plenty to do. Head over the Sharpsteen Museum to learn more about the valley’s history or look into the Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park for a relaxing walk through an 1846 water-powered mill. Regardless of what you choose to do, the drive there is an excellent road trip from Davis.
2. San Francisco
If you’re tired of kicking around the Sacramento area, why not head to San Francisco for a day or two? Sights like the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz are favorited by many, but you don’t have to stick the touristy attractions to enjoy your trip.
The city is teeming with breweries, fine dining, premier shopping and world-class entertainment. All you have to do is find a place to park and you could keep yourself busy for endless hours checking out what the city has to offer.
3. San Jose
Considered the getaway of Silicon Valley, San Jose is a mixture of artistic expression and technological prowess. The IMAX theatre always has shows and exhibits, the Tech Museum of Innovation is guaranteed to inspire wonder, and the Winchester Mystery House is sure to satisfy your curiosity for the bizarre.
Like San Francisco, you don’t need an itinerary to enjoy San Jose. There’s plenty to do here as well if the semester has you strapped for cash. Just walking the streets of this vibrant metropolis will turn up countless opportunities for stories in the making.
4. El Dorado National Forest
Finding a reprieve from life in the city is something offered in abundance here. A road trip to El Dorado National Forest provides a magnificently beautiful landscape to explore from pine forests to tranquil lakes and hiking trails.
If you have a few days to spare, the park offers plenty of camp grounds. There’s nothing like escaping into the wild, especially with a serene locale like this so close to home. Plus, the park is large enough that you never have to worry about overcrowding.
5. Tahoe National Forest
Like El Dorado, this park offers a bounty of easily accessibly trails alongside expert hikes. With mountains and valleys, Californians from around the country come here for a picnic in the sun amidst this dream-like scenery.
The lakes here are large enough to take a raft or kayak on, if you’re into that sort of thing, and the road to get there is just begging for the ultimate road trip playlist. This is one you have to cross off the list while living in Davis.
Unlike the Davis and Sacramento area, Truckee is quaint and quiet. This sleepy little town might not have the bustling entertainment of the big cities, but it holds all sorts of hidden gems within its borders.
You could stop at the Emigrant Trail museum for a historic look into the region’s history complete with uncovered artifacts from centuries ago, stop in Donner Memorial State Park for a relaxing stroll around the lake, or wait until winter sets in again to take advantage of the snowy slopes.
7. Yosemite National Park
Yosemite is a national favorite, and your home in Davis places you a short road trip away from visiting this natural wonder. It would take weeks to trek through all the park has to offer, but you can easily hit the highlights in a day.
After walking through the sequoia forest, stop at Bridal Veil Falls and take in the beautiful scenery. Head over to El Captain and Half Dome’s jagged cliffs, then loop back around for an incredible stroll through iconic landscapes. Whatever you do, don’t forget to pack the camera.
8. Tahoe City
Tahoe City is a road trip you might want to tuck away for next winter. The area’s Squaw Valley Ski Resort is a popular one amongst California locals, and the slopes are fantastic. However, there’s still plenty to do in the Spring and Summer.
The main draw when the snow melts is Gatekeeper’s Museum, which features local history exhibits inside of a historic log cabin. There are plenty of places to grab a delicious meal, and dozens of coffee shops to help you refuel for the drive home.
The city of Calistoga is tucked away in Napa Valley, making it another exceptional stop for wine tasting. The atmosphere here is a little more laid back than most of the valley’s other locales. While all of wine country is much needed getaway, Calistoga is the crème de la crème of isolated reprieves.
A must-visit here is the Castello di Amorosa. This Tuscan-inspired castle offers relaxing spa treatments like mud baths and features its own winery. You can also visit the Old Faithful Geyser while you’re here to round out your adventure.
Folsom is a simple road trip from Davis, resting a mere 30 minutes outside of Sacramento. The town is outdoorsy, featuring everything from hiking trails to paddle boats. You can also visit the Folsom History Museum and Folsom History Society to dig into the roots of this town’s origins.
After the long drive home, there’s nothing quite like returning an all-in-one community built with intelligent design, echo-architecture, and an energy-positive vision. West Village boasts the most progressive student lifestyle experience in the nation from its vast, luxurious amenities to thoughtfully designed common areas that cater to college life and Mother Earth at the same time.
In the heart of Davis, you can discover what it means to #LiveLikeAnAggie. Welcome to West Village. Campus life, evolved.