Stockton has had its share of ups and downs – including recent challenges with the housing crisis and large civic debt – but the downtown and waterfront redevelopment is one of the valley’s more promising grassroots efforts. In the summer, when festivals take over the Weber Point Events Center, Stockton makes for a fun detour.
The city has an interesting past that is just under the surface of its checkered facades. It is a major inland port and was once the main supply hub for gold rushers. During WWII it became a major center of American shipbuilding, and remains home to a few maritime transportation facilities.
A block east of Weber Point, the Department of Tourism has complete information about the goings-on in town.