Modesto is located in Northern California's Central Valley. As one of the state's most productive agricultural areas, Modesto's primary products are milk, almonds, chickens and walnuts. Modesto is a stop on Amtrak routes between Oakland and Bakersfield, and between Sacramento and Bakersfield.
Renting in Modesto gives you easy access to the mountains and Wine Country. Modesto is about 50 miles from Gold Country, a historic region along the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range famed for the mineral deposits and gold mines that sparked the Gold Rush in 1849. Sacramento, the state capitol, is 75 miles away. Other adventures within driving distance include Yosemite National Park and San Francisco, which are both about 90 miles away. Napa Valley is also within easy reach, at about 100 miles away. For entertainment closer to home, a rafting trip on the Stanislaus River or a day of golfing at one of Modesto's three golf courses could do the trick.
Renting in Modesto, CA
In Modesto, you'll face a more relaxed market than in the urban areas to its west. However, apartments for rent in Modesto are more costly than what you might assume for an agricultural area.
Hotspots The Gallo Center for the Arts ? With two performance venues, the 1250-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater and the 444-seat Foster Family Theater, this arts center hosts music, dance and other performances year-round.
The Modesto Symphony Orchestra ?The orchestra is made up of about 80 professional musicians from the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay Area.
State Theater ?This downtown movie theater also hosts events and live theatrical performances.
Fat Cat Music House and Lounge ? A 1930s-era show house featuring local and national acts..
Modesto Nuts ? The city's Class A minor league baseball team.
Downtown Modesto Arch. (Courtesy of Foolishfish)
Gallo Center for the arts in Modesto. (Courtesy of OsotedeMonte)