When you are in Lodi, you are only a short-drive from fascinating historical sites, beautiful scenery and a wide variety of things to see and do.
Lodi is central to Northern California and all it offers — the ocean, metropolitan cities, snow-covered mountains, lush valleys and rolling hills. It's all a short drive from Lodi.
Within a one-hour drive east of Lodi, you can experience the places where California's famous gold rush began — California Gold Country. In 1849, gold was discovered in the foothills of the Sierras; today, you can still try your luck and pan for nuggets yourself.
The foothills are filled with antique stores, a variety of artists and their work, Wild West memorabilia and much more, making Gold Country towns fun for the whole family. For more information, visit www.sonoraca.com or www.jacksoncasino.com.
In the winter, famous resorts such as Squaw Valley and Heavenly Valley on the western slopes of the mountains, offer world-class skiing. Tahoe National Forrest is a thriving and vast winter playground for winter sports and activities of all kinds. Visit www.heavenly.com or www.r5.fs.fed.us/Tahoe.
Gold Country is also becoming well-known as a winemaking region. Many wineries can be easily accessed from country lanes that wind through the picturesque hills and scenic highways.
Yosemite National Park — located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of central California — is a setting so spectacular and awe-inspiring that it is often referred to as the "Crown Jewel" of the National Park system. Earthquakes, glaciers and other forces of nature over millions of years left indelible footprints on the landscape that are still visible in the towering granite cliffs, thundering waterfalls, steep mountains and deep alpine lakes. They beckon visitors to explore, climb, photograph and experience their grandeur. The Park, open year-round, is like four separate parks in one, with each season offering a truly unique and new experience. Whether its cascading waterfalls in the spring, quiet snow-filled meadows in the winter, breathtaking autumn colors or star-spangled summer nights, the beauty of Yosemite is constantly changing. Each season is not only a feast of visual delights, but also offers its own set of programs, tours and sports.
Encompassing 1,170 square miles, an area the size of the state of Rhode Island, this unique destination offers both expansive wilderness as well as the guest services and amenities you would find at a year-round resort.
California's Capital Region is less than an hour to the north of Lodi, and features many museums, beautiful government buildings and a myriad of entertainment options. For more information, visit www.sacramentocvb.org.
A favorite destination is Old Sacramento alongside the Sacramento River. The historical charm of 1849 has been maintained here amidst a plethora of trendy restaurants, nightspots and shops of all kinds. Visit www.oldsacramento.com for more information.
Catch a Sacramento Kings game or see AAA baseball right across the river in Sacramento. More information is available at www.rivercats.com and www.nba.com/kings.
The Delta is to the west of Lodi, and is where the rivers that traverse the state from east to west meet with the water of the Pacific coming inland from San Francisco Bay. The region is famous as a waterfowl refuge and is the winter home for 6,000-8,000 Sandhill Cranes.
The Delta offers great houseboating and exploration of the hundreds of islands and tributaries. Keep a watch to starboard and port as all kinds of seagoing vessels, from sailboats and water-skiers to merchant marine cargo ships, churn up the deep-water channel eastward to the Port of Stockton.
The great San Joaquin Valley lies to the south of Lodi, and is commonly known as the food basket of the United States and the world.
All types of fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and berries grow here. Valley cities — such as Stockton and Modesto — offer many agriculture-related tours, museums, tasting rooms and specialty shopping. The Hispanic culture is abundant and culturally influential throughout the valley. For more information, visit www.modchamber.org.
Less than two hours drive from Lodi is the exciting city of San Francisco. Stroll along the Embarcadero, shop the Ferry Market and Pier 39, or take a tour of famous Alcatraz Island. For more information, visit www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com or www.sfchamber.com
Just a short drive from Lodi, Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel is the place for big shows, great gaming, excellent service, fine dining, and superb lodging. Enjoy over 1,500 slot machines, more than 50 tables, plus a 24-hour Poker Room, and Bingo four days a week. There are also nine restaurants featuring everything from a quick snack to the best in casual dining. The hotel includes 146 oversized guest rooms and suites, an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, fitness center, family friendly video arcade, gift shop, and complimentary valet and luggage assistance. Major concerts and Global Knock-Out mixed martial arts events are scheduled throughout the year. A luxurious RV Park is scheduled to open in early 2008.
For more information on short-drive day trips from Lodi, call the Lodi Conference and Visitors Bureau at (209) 365-1195 or visit www.visitlodi.com.