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Extended Stay America - Stockton, CA

Stockton, CA

Located just 50 miles south of Sacramento, California's capital, Stockton is surrounded by rich farmland and is on the edge of a vast river delta. If you're looking for Stockton hotels, Extended Stay America has several great places to stay, each offering a great rate.

Stockton is an integral city for goods moving into and out of California's Central Valley. California's largest inland seaport, the Port of Stockton, is 75 nautical miles from the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. Just one mile from Interstate 5, the major north - south trucking corridor, the Port handles both wet and dry cargoes.

Included among Stockton's major employers is Diamond Foods, a company that has grown from a small walnut grower into a major international snack food company. Its brands include Pop-Secret popcorn, Emerald snacks and Diamond nuts.

Stockton has several fun activities for the young and the young-at-heart. Pixie Woods is Stockton's fairyland, where you can hop on a merry-go-round, ride a paddleboat or take the Pixie Express Train through Indian Territory. If you are looking for indoor family activities, the Children's Museum of Stockton may be just what you want. This museum features hands-on, play-based exhibits that let children learn as they play.

Stockton is also home to the University of the Pacific, locally called UOP. Because its campus so resembles the Ivy League colleges on the East Coast, UOP has been the sight for several Hollywood films, including Raiders of the Lost Ark. Established in 1851, but having moved its primary campus from San Jose to Stockton in 1925, UOP is the oldest chartered university in California.

Perhaps Stockton's greatest asset is its location. Sitting on the edge of the San Joaquin Delta, one of the world's great deltas, Stockton offers access to fabulous natural beauty and adventure. Throughout the summer, water sports like water skiing, windsurfing and the use of wave runners are commonplace throughout the Delta. This is also an angler's paradise, with massive striped bass, giant sturgeon and a host of other fish in plentiful numbers. Thanks to the Delta's location on the Pacific Flyway, bird watching here is among the best anywhere and done virtually year-round.

Head east from Stockton and you come to what locals call gold country. Home to such towns as Copperopolis, this region is filled with the history of the California Gold Rush. To see first hand what life was like, head up Highway 49 to the little town of Columbia. Standing today as it looked in the 1850s, Columbia brings California history alive.

Thanks to its rich soil and abundant sunshine, the gold country area has become an important wine producing region. This is a sizeable area, so be sure to plan your time among the gold country wineries in advance. If you don't want to drive to the gold country, head 20 minutes north of Stockton to Lodi. Known for producing excellent, reasonably-priced wine, the Lodi wine area should not be missed.

For a day's excursion you will long remember, rise early and take the three-hour drive to the heart of Yosemite National Park. Internationally known for dramatic waterfalls, awe-inspiring vistas and renowned landmarks, Yosemite draws over 3.5 million visitors annually.

If an afternoon of golf is your favorite way of experiencing nature, consider Castle Oaks Golf Club, named "Best Public Golf Course in Northern California" by Golf Digest in 1994. For other golf opportunities in Stockton, check out the list offered on Golflink.com.

For a comfortable, convenient, and affordable hotel in Stockton, California, Extended Stay America has just what you are looking for.