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San Francisco waterfront from AT&T Park to Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco waterfront from AT&T Park to Fisherman’s Wharf

By Tim Viall

Over the past few months, we have been to San Francisco several times; my wife and I were reminded how pedestrian- and bike-friendly is San Francisco.  On our last visit to the City, we took our two bikes and parked just south of AT&T Park, where street parking can be had, for free, for two hours.  
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Historic downtown, big breakfasts, classic autos, its’ Lodi, CA

Historic downtown, big breakfasts, classic autos, its’ Lodi, CA

By Tim Viall

A beautiful and historic downtown, great eateries, classic cars; it’s Lodi, CA!  And, late spring is a wonderful time to visit!   The weather is at its finest, grape vines are growing rapidly, and good food and classic cars await your visit!
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Rancho Seco Power Plant and Park

Rancho Seco Power Plant and Park

By Tim Viall

Towering 300’ into the sky in south Sacramento County are the Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant’s twin cooling towers and Rancho Seco Park, complete with swimming, fishing and camping in a pristine setting.  Just 25 miles from both Stockton and Sacramento, the old nuclear plant is worth a visit and the neighboring park’s amenities will bring you back for recreation throughout the year!
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USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier makes Alameda a boat-viewing paradise!

USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier makes Alameda a boat-viewing paradise!

By Tim Viall

For a day-long or weekend getaway sure to please youngsters and boat-lovers alike, start with a tour of the USS Hornet aircraft carrier and thousands of pleasure boats in Alameda, CA, just 80 minutes from Stockton.
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Weekend Getaway: Fiddletown and Plymouth make for interesting foothill stops on historic Highway 49

Weekend Getaway: Fiddletown and Plymouth make for interesting foothill stops on historic Highway 49

By Tim Viall

Travelers on historic Highway 49 will be familiar with Plymouth, CA, but less so with Fiddletown, just eight miles east off 49 following the Fiddletown Road.  The two towns, just 60 miles from Stockton, are rich in history and offer explorers a wealth of interesting Gold Rush sites, shops, restaurants and wineries ripe for the touring!  And, at 1,000 feet elevation, both are generally well below the Sierra foothills snowline, making sunny winter days the perfect time to tour!
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Festival of Trees makes December perfect to visit San Joaquin County Historical Museum

Festival of Trees makes December perfect to visit San Joaquin County Historical Museum

By Tim Viall

Anytime is a good time to visit our county’s spectacular historical museum in Micke Grove Park south of Lodi, but December is the “put it on your calendar” time!  In December, the museum complex comes alive with both Christmas cheer and the stunning Festival of Trees!  With more than 70 beautifully decorated unique Christmas trees, the San Joaquin County Historical Museum’s 22nd annual Festival of Trees is Saturday and Sunday, December 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum  (located in Micke Grove Park south of Lodi about one mile west of Highway 99 and south of Armstrong Road).
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Stockton waterfront weekend get-a-way by foot, or bike!

Stockton waterfront weekend get-a-way by foot, or bike!

By Tim Viall

With November often offering sunny, crisp days, plan an “in-city weekend adventure”!  Dust off those walking shoes or take your bicycles and explore waterfront Stockton!  Center of our focus, the Deep Water Channel in downtown Stockton, from the Stockton Ballpark on the northwest channel-side to the Marina on the southeast side.
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Wine, beer, classic cars, good eats

Wine, beer, classic cars, good eats

By Tim Viall

Weekend Gateaway with Tim Viall - Wine, beer, classic cars, good eats…it’s Lodi, CA, of course.  And, September is the perfect time to visit!   It’s the wine grape harvest season, the Lodi Road Trip Passport is back for its second year...
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Gold Rush history; revisit the 49ers in Jackson and Mokelumne Hill

Gold Rush history; revisit the 49ers in Jackson and Mokelumne Hill

By Tim Viall

Looking for a nearby dose of 49er’s history and the Gold Rush? Take the 1.5 hour drive to Valley Springs, Jackson and south to Mokelumne Hill! The most scenic way to get there from Stockton: take Hwy 26 east to Valley Springs, then go north on Paloma Road to Watertown Road and turn onto Pardee Dam Road. This takes you right across Pardee Dam, with stunning views of the lake and past a wonderful EBMUD campground (if you are into camping and/or fishing, make a note to return). Continue on Stony Creek Road, up a beautiful valley and right to the south edge of Jackson.
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Copperopolis, old and new foothills gem!

Copperopolis, old and new foothills gem!

By Tim Viall

While Copperopolis, just 30miles east of Stockton on Highway 4 in the Sierra foothills, is known best as a copper producer, gold was discovered here in 1858 - two years before the copper discovery.
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