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Stockton Travel Guide, California

Stockton, California is located in the Northernmost tip of the agricultural San Joaquin County and has a population of nearly one third million residents.  Its economy benefits from being 60 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area and 45 miles south of Sacramento, the state capital of California. It is also located at the 'crossroads' of the Central Valley and easily reached from anywhere in California by the north-south Interstate 5 and State Route 99, and Interstates 205 and 580 which connect it to the Bay area and Tahoe, and the rest of the US beyond that.

Stockton is home to the largest inland seaport in California, which connects it directly to the Pacific Ocean, making Stockton a busy, if unlikely, inland international port. The city has air transport since the Stockton Metropolitan Airport is located south of city limits, however it handles primarily shipping together with limited domestic service.

The population is growing due to California refuges from the pricey Bay Area, wildly inflated by Silicon Valley’s instant and numerous millionaires. It was once estimated that this industry created 16 new millionaires daily, most of whom live locally and purchase real estate, driving the market to new heights in a traditionally expensive area.

Climate in Stockton benefits from the Bay Area breezes and distant fog to keep it a bit cooler than other Valley towns. Summers are warm and sunny, in the 80’s and 90’s with mild winters that seldom experience frost.

Stockton was twice named an All-America City in recent years and the residents enjoy a relaxed lifestyle that is a cross between rural living and California cosmopolitan way. Although it is an agriculturally based community, Stockton continues to draw industry and corporations from all over the US, due in part to reasonable rents and land prices and plenty of room for expansion.

Stockton hosts many events at the Weber Point Events Center, and other entertainment venues include the Bob Hope Theater, the Cinemas, and an arena and ballpark, where the Cougars soccer team and the Thunder and Lightning, ice and arena hockey teams play. The Stockton Ports, a baseball team, play at the Banner Island Ballpark.  

Stockton has ample shopping opportunities, restaurants bars and parks to keep residents and visitors alike occupied.

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  • zsoldicsaMicke Grove Regional Park and Zoo
    travel tip by zsoldicsa posted more then 30 days ago
    Though located a few miles north of Stockton, the Micke Grove Regional Park and Zoo is a perfect destination for a day of fun and excitement. Kids would love a few hours in the zoo, looking at strange and interesting animals as they eat,...
  • blackangel_66Michael's Pizza
    travel tip by blackangel_66 posted more then 30 days ago
    In Stockton the perfect place for excellent pizzas is Michael's Pizza on Alpine Avenue. They prepare the food on the spot, and they use fresh, local ingredients making the pizza delicious. The place is really affordable, especially...
  • sushikedvencWeber Point Event Center
    travel tip by sushikedvenc posted more then 30 days ago
    Located on the McLeod Lake and near well-known attractions such as the DeCarli Waterfront Square or Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, Weber Point Event Center is the perfect destination for families! Kids love the water feature,...
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