Davis, home to a University of California school with the nation's leading viticulture department, is a sunny town where bikes outnumber cars two-to-one (it boasts more bikes per capita than any other American city). With students comprising about half of the population, it’s a progressive outpost amid the conservative farm towns of Sacramento Valley that comes alive during the school year.
Dodging the bikes on a walk through downtown Davis you will pass a number of cute small businesses (city council has forbidden any store over 50,000 sq ft – sorry, Wal-Mart).
I-80 skirts the south edge of town, and you can reach downtown via the Richards Blvd exit. University of California, Davis (UCD) is southwest of downtown, bordered by A St, 1st St and Russell Blvd.