A Stroll Through Davis

Author: Alecia Pirulis

There are an estimated 40,000 bikes in Davis, ...

There are an estimated 40,000 bikes in Davis, the most per capita of any U.S. city. The campus is extremely quiet because of the lack of cars. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Summer is an exciting time — kids are out of school, the days are longer, it’s vacation season, and graduating high school seniors are headed off to college, many leaving home for the first time. Some will choose to live on campus in dorms, while others will decide to live in an off-campus apartment.

I once read that students overwhelmingly choose a university not only for its academic programs, but also for the surrounding community and the beauty of the campus. If that’s true, then it’s easy to see why UC-Davis is such a popular university.

Davis, California is a spectacular college town located about 10 miles west of Sacramento. It is arguably the most bicycle-friendly city in the country, with over 100 miles of bike paths and more bicycles than residents. Even the city’s logo is an antique bicycle. The United States Bicycling Hall of Fame is located here, and bicycling events held in Davis attract visitors from all over.

The Davis Farmer’s Market is one of the best in the country. More than just a market, the Davis Farmer’s Market is an event — sure, there’s fresh, locally-grown, and organic produce and other goods, but there’s also live music, rock climbing, and picnicking.

Of course, being a college town, the nightlife in Davis is spectacular — theaters, nightclubs, concert halls, restaurants, and museums dot the area. UC-Davis features the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, which hosts performances by artists such as Harry Belafonte and Yo-Yo Ma. UC-Davis is also home to an arboretum, a beautiful 100-acre area that contains over three miles of paths.

Davis is environmentally-friendly, progressive, and trendy. Sure, the influx of college students has a lot to do with the city’s youthful vibe, but this charming town has something for everyone.