Davis is the pulsating university town: vibrant, walkable, diverse, loose. Full of interesting restaurants, art galleries, and retail shops. Music. Theaters. A great vibe. Home to a legendary Davis Farmers Market, the Robert Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, and the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. Davis is the most bicycle-friendly small city in America, with more than 100 miles of paved bike paths through exquisite neighborhood greenbelts and out into the scenic countryside. With excellent hotels, Davis is the logical base for heading out to prize-winning wineries, olive oil orchards, and leading organic farms. Head to neighboring historic Woodland and Winters, both with significant attractions of their own, or go exploring throughout Yolo County.
Cycling in Davis
Proudly known as the “Bicycle Capital of America” since as far back as 1964, Davis has long been a leader in getting around on two wheels for school, work, and play. Davis was the first city in the nation to legislate and implement standardized bike lanes, and today more than 100 miles of bike paths and trails wind their way all through town. In 2006, Davis became the first city in America to earn the coveted Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community Award from the League of American Bicyclists—and is even working to achieve “Beyond Platinum” status. Davis is also home to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, a handsome museum that celebrates the rich history of American cycling accomplishment. Click here to read “The Complete Guide to Cycling in Davis.”
Strolling the Arboretum at UC Davis
Ask Davis residents where they should take visitors, and most will mention the UC Davis Arboretum. The 100-acre public garden is the community’s most spectacular asset. And it’s free. This “living museum” spans about 100 acres, and showcases some 4,000 kinds of trees, plants and shrubs. The grounds, which follow the old north channel of Putah Creek, serve as a habitat for birds, reptiles and other wildlife. For visitors, the meandering path offers space to exercise your body, rest your mind and spark your creativity. To learn more and plan your visit read our blog post here.
Shopping in Downtown Davis
When you come to Davis, you’ll find everything from antiques and apparel to sports shops and thrift stores. If you like to read, take in The Avid Reader book store or the huge selection of newspapers and magazines at Newsbeat. If your passion is playing music, then for sure don’t miss Watermelon Music. And if you like all things natural, be sure to stop in Farmer’s Kitchen Café. Check out our blog post about women’s clothing boutiques.
The Davis Downtown business association has a robust website and a handy mobile app you can use for all your shopping needs. For more information and a list of downtown Davis retailers, click here.
University of California, Davis
UC Davis is one of the great institutions of learning in the country, as well as a huge economic and cultural engine for the community and region at large. Opened in 1909 as the “University Farm,” UCD has steadily grown over the years to its current enrollment of roughly 30,000 and is considered one of the top research universities in the world, offering degrees in everything from Agricultural and Environmental Education to Viticulture and Enology. Indeed, UCD today produces many of the leading winemakers in the country.
For visitors, UCD offers a number of museums to explore, a wide selection of on-campus art, the lovely and diverse Arboretum, and cultural events throughout the year. It is the home of the splendid Robert Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, showing world-class acts, guest speakers, and other events.
For professionals looking to host conferences and meetings, as well as anyone who wants to have a special event such as a wedding, reunion, or other activity, the university has a variety of venues to consider, from the spacious new Conference Center to the more intimate Putah Creek Lodge. To find out everything the campus has to offer and to make your arrangements, contact the Conference and Events Services office.