Welcome to Modesto; City of Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health. The city that greets you with a smile; where the warm, friendly people give Modesto the feel of your hometown, with the amenities and attractions of a big city. Modesto’s central location puts you within a short drive of the ocean, mountains and some of the nation’s most renowned parks. Day trip options from Modesto include San Francisco, Sacramento, and Yosemite National Park among many others. The mild climate makes outdoor activities enjoyable year round. Modesto is in the heart of one of the greatest agricultural areas in the nation, the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Dairy products, nuts, fruits, wine grapes, and poultry products are some of the top commodities. If you visit during early spring, the beautiful orchards in bloom will delight you. May through November is harvest season. You can “taste Modesto” at Farmers Markets and the many fresh produce stands in the area. Play a round of golf, picnic in one of the many parks, explore any of the antique shops, or visit one of many museums. If you are a little more adventurous try nearby river rafting, hiking, or jet skiing. Modesto is the birthplace of George Lucas and the inspiration for his popular film American Graffiti. Throughout the month of June you will find everything from street fairs to classic car parades, concerts, and showings of American Graffiti the celebrations for a Graffiti Summer. You simply can’t go wrong in Modesto, it offers something for everyone.