Your Gateway to California Adventure

California State University, Stanislaus is situated in Turlock, California, a charming city steeped in agricultural heritage and brimming with small-town character. But Turlock is just the beginning of your California adventure!


Turlock: A Launching Pad for Exploration

Turlock offers the perfect blend of small-town charm and big-city accessibility in a safe and friendly community atmosphere, perfect for student life. The vibrant Downtown District boasts a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes, all just a short distance from campus. For those seeking outdoor activities, Turlock offers beautiful parks and recreation areas, perfect for picnics, jogging or simply soaking up the California sunshine.

Turlock downtown aerial view.

Modesto: Your Neighboring City Buzz

The Modesto Arch. Modesto: Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health.

Just a short drive away lies Modesto, a lively city with a rich cultural scene waiting to be explored. Here, you'll find museums, theaters and a variety of restaurants to suit every taste. Immerse yourself in the arts at the Gallo Center for the Arts, featuring a variety of performances from renowned artists and local productions. Modesto's foodie scene has something for every palate, from farm-to-table restaurants showcasing the region's fresh produce to trendy cafes and international cuisine.

Residents enjoy a variety of outdoor activities year-round. Hiking, biking, swimming and exploring local farmers markets are all popular pastimes. The region is also known for its love of wine and craft beer, with many wineries and breweries located within driving distance.

While you’re in town, enjoy some of the popular festivals and events:

  • Modesto Porchfest (May): A fun and free afternoon of local music.
  • Modesto American Graffiti Festival (June): Hundreds of classic cars, live entertainment, food and dozens of vendors displaying and selling crafts, car specialty items and more.
  • Stanislaus County Fair (July): Farm animals, carnival rides, live entertainment and delicious fair food fill the summer air.
  • Modesto ArtWalk (September): Explore local art galleries, enjoy live music and participate in interactive art demonstrations.
  • Christmas in the Park (December): Dazzling light displays, festive activities, holiday cheer and parade make this a local favorite.

Beyond Your Doorstep: A California Wonderland Awaits

Turlock's location places you at the heart of exciting California's destinations:  

Sacramento (1 hour): California's vibrant capital city offers history, museums and a dynamic nightlife. Immerse yourself in California's rich history in Old Sacramento and the California State Capitol building. Explore the Crocker Art Museum's vast collection or catch a live performance at the Golden 1 Center, home to the Sacramento Kings NBA team. After dark, indulge in Sacramento's renowned farm-to-fork dining scene or explore the lively bars and clubs of K Street.   

Aerial view of the Tower Bridge in Sacramento.


Skyscraper view of San Francisco.

San Francisco (1.5 hours): Cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of modern engineering. Wander through Fisherman's Wharf, savoring fresh Dungeness crab or sourdough bread in a historic setting. Delve into San Francisco's diverse neighborhoods, from the colorful houses of Victorian Painted Ladies to the bustling Chinatown. Explore world-class museums like the de Young or Asian Art Museum. For breathtaking views, ride a cable car up Lombard Street, the "crookedest street in the world," or visit Twin Peaks for a panoramic city vista.


Santa Cruz (2 hours): Unwind on the sandy beaches of Santa Cruz, a haven for surfers and sunbathers alike. Test your courage on the thrilling rides of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, a historic amusement park with iconic landmarks like the Giant Dipper roller coaster. Explore the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, where you can spot otters, dolphins, and even migrating whales. Delve into Santa Cruz's surf culture or visit the Santa Cruz Mystery Spot, a local anomaly known for its gravitational oddities.

Image of Santa Cruz beach boardwalk.


Yosemite National Park waterfall.

Yosemite National Park (2.5 hours): Step into a world of towering granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls and ancient giant sequoia trees. Yosemite National Park offers a range of hiking adventures, from leisurely strolls to challenging climbs to the top of Half Dome or El Capitan. Yosemite Valley, the heart of the park, boasts iconic landmarks like Yosemite Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in North America. Yosemite offers camping, rock climbing, horseback riding and wildlife viewing, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

Updated: June 11, 2024