Oakdale is in the San Joaquin Valley of California along California Highway 120, which is the fastest route from the Bay Area to Yosemite. Oakdale claims to be the Cowboy Capital of the World.
- Herseys chocolate factory
- Oakdale Rodeo
The Oakdale Dinner Train takes visitors on a scenic ride in the countryside east of Oakdale.
- Best Western Rama Inn, 1450 E F Street, +1 209 845-2500, Toll-free: +1 888 415-2500, Fax: +1 209 845-2523, .
- Holiday Inn Express, 828 East F Street, +1 209 847-9121, .
Knights Ferry just east of Oakdale makes a nice outing and has one of the few remaining covered bridges in the west.