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Davis Introduction

Life in Davis revolves around the University of California, Davis, a leading research institution with a world-class veterinary medicine school and many distinguished alumni. The extensive campus is home to several prestigious museums, while the city’s population of students and academics ensures a vibrant social and cultural scene. Davis is also famous as a pioneer of the bicycle-friendly movement, and was one of the first U.S. cities to introduce bike lanes, crossings, and public bike racks. Visitors keen to explore the city will soon find that 2 wheels are almost always better than 4 for getting around—Davis's symbol is even a penny-farthing.

Hotels in Davis

Hotels in Davis are experienced in catering for all kinds of visitor, from freewheeling students to fast-pedaling sportspeople. Whether you’re a visiting academic needing a quick and easy overnight stop or a leisurely vacationer with all the time in the world, Davis hotels offer the same warm welcome and attention to detail. Davis hotel rates also tend to compare very favorably with those of bigger cities in the area. Choose the tried-and-tested reliability of your favorite national chain, benefit from budget-saving extras like free breakfasts and complimentary WiFi, or wait for last-minute bargains and treat yourself to an upgrade.

Where to stay

Hotels in Davis are predominantly clustered around its compact downtown area, so wherever you stay you’ll be close to the action. Stay at one of the many hotels near the university and be within strolling distance of its famous campus. Book a suite in the Best Western Plus Palm Court Hotel and enjoy the chance to explore this historic Art Deco landmark from the inside. If you’re arriving late or departing early from Sacramento Airport, you'll find a number of discount motels in neighboring Woodland, which is just a short drive north of Davis and is handily located a little nearer to the terminal.

Things to see

A visit to the UC Davis campus is an absorbing and rewarding way to spend a day; here, a rich vein of knowledge will be right at your fingertips. Learn about the pioneering sustainable-landscaping work of the UC Davis Arboretum and enjoy a colorful display of seasonal flowers and shrubs. Take inspiration from the buzz of creativity that greets you in the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, a striking modern landmark that houses the university’s prized Fine Arts Collection. Old Master prints, ceramics, and the work of UC Davis faculty and alumni are among the exhibits on permanent display. View the prestigious collection of contemporary Native American and First Nations art at the C.N. Gorman Museum, or celebrate another side of Davis culture at the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame, which showcases the achievements of the sport’s biggest stars and chronicles competitive cycling through the decades.

How to get to Davis

Sacramento International Airport, around 20 miles northeast of Davis, has non-stop flights to international hubs including Los Angeles, Seattle, and Dallas, plus a variety of domestic routes. Shuttles and taxis can be hired at the terminal; alternatively, catch the Yolobus to downtown Davis for a cheaper transfer. Davis is also a junction on Interstate 80 and a stop on Amtrak’s California Zephyr, Capital Corridor, and Coast Starlight routes. The best way to travel in Davis itself is, naturally, on 2 wheels—there are plenty of places around town to rent a bike, either for a few hours or for your whole stay.