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Revision as of 04:28, 13 February 2011
Stockton is a city in the San Joaquin Valley in northern California.
Located on the San Joaquin Delta, Stockton is the world's most inland natural port and was previously a major port city. One of the larger cities along the I-5 through the Central Valley, it is a convenient stop and offers a variety of restaurants and accommodations for road-trippers. There are several shopping centers and movie theaters and one art museum but few major attractions.
The poem "Casey at the Bat," about the losing baseball team, "the Mudville Nine" may be a reference to Stockton, which was referred to as Mudville in its earlier years.
It is recommended that individuals exercise some caution when on foot, especially at night. Its location on the I-5 also means there is a substantial potential for drug trafficking through the city. Stockton has a bad reputation including gang violence and home to the nation's first school massacre however for the past few years, Stockton has worked very hard at improving its downtown area as well as its reputation. 
Stockton is conveniently located in central California between Interstate 5 and State Highway 99. Stockton is just north of Interstate 205. State Routes 26, 4 and 88 also intersect with Stockton.
Stockton Metropolitan Airport (IATA: SCK)  is a small airport that is served only by Allegiant Air. Larger airports with more connections are located in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Stockton is served by two train stations. ACE Rail and Amtrak serves the Cabral Station at 949 E Channel St, and Amtrak also serves Stockton's main train depot at 735 S. San Joaquin St.
Greyhound has a station here
Stockton offers regional transit throughout Stockton via the San Joaquin RTD Express buses and the Downtown Trolleys. The best option, however, is to travel by car.
California's largest inland seaport just south of the crosstown highway. Downtown Stockton has had many new additions including a new ball park (Stockton Ports), stockton arena, Bob Hope Theater and other attractions. Stockton may not be a destination but it's not a bad place to stay at on your way somewhere else.
Be careful around the port area as the police are known to accost anyone looking around or taking photos.
Stockton has some recreational opportunities available. Stockton is within a few hours' drive of the California Coast, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park and can serve as a rest or rendez-vous point on the way to these locations. The community offers many local recreational opportunities such as professional and college sports teams, an ice rink, and the Delta, which provides thousands of miles of waterways for water skiing, sailing and other water activities. There are also many opportunities to enjoy local music, theater, dance troupes and other cultural activities throughout the year. Stockton has its own symphony and opera company and hosts the Asparagus Festival annually, celebrating the town's agricultural history. The San Joaquin Film Society also hosts a 10-day International Film Festival each year.
If travelling to Stockton with children, be sure to visit:
- Children's Museum of Stockton, 402 W. Weber (near the downtown waterfront, two blocks west of Center Street), ☎ +1 209 465-4386, . $4.50 per person, under two years free.
- Pixie Woods, in Louis Park (take Monte Diablo exit and go west to Occidental, turn left at Shimizu, parking lot is on the right — look for the rainbow gates), ☎ +1 209 937-8206, . Stockton's own fairyland for the "young in age and the young at heart". In the movie This is Spinal Tap, Pixie Woods was the venue for a performance whose billboard proclaimed "Puppet Show and Spinal Tap."
Sherwood and Weberstown mall have the best shopping in San Joaquin county. Pacific Avenue's section south of Country Club Blvd. dubbed "Miracle Mile" has plenty of specialty shops and hair styling businesses. Lincoln Center in north Stockton offers high end specialty and boutique shopping.
- Manny's California Fresh, Pacific Ave.
- DaVinci's Italian Cuisine.
- Shi Ra Soni.
- Sho Mi.
- El Senor Frog's.
- Tio Pepe's.
- Raw Sushi.
- Dave Wong's.
- Gian's Deli.
- Cocoro Japanese Bistro & Sushi.
- Garlic Brothers.
- Bob's At The Marina.
- Taste of Brittany.
- Bud's Dok Shoon's.
- Duck Nook.
- Chuck's Hamburgers, 6034 Pacific Ave, ☎ (209) 473-9977. The absolute BEST breakfast(and even better prices)
- Podesto's Market & Deli.
- Joe Pomodoro Pizza Cafe.
- El Fogon.
- Peking, 7555 Pacific Ave # 115, ☎ (209) 957-0617.
- Yen Du, 702 Porter Ave # E, ☎ (209) 951-3748.
- New Yen Ching, 6511 Pacific Ave, ☎ (209) 957-0913.
- Matsuyama, 4755 Quail Lakes Dr #C, ☎ (209) 952-0688. Best Japanese/sushi around.
There aren't many nightspots in Stockton. If you're going to a movie at the downtown movie center, immediately next door is a Japanese restaurant "Misaki" with a small but fun bar.
- Alder Bistro & Catering, 151 West Alder Street, .
- Americas Best Value Inn and Suites - Stockton, 3473 West Hammer Lane, ☎ 2094732000, . checkin: 1:00pm; checkout: 12:00am. Americas Best Value Inn and Suites - Stockton is easily accessible from Highway 5, along the San Joaquin Delta. We are a three story exterior corridor hotel featuring 120 beautifully decorated guest rooms. Each guest room is fully equipped with numerous amenities including complimentary hi-speed wireless Internet access, microwaves, mini-fridges, hairdryers, irons, ironing boards, complimentary local calls, and wake-up service. Guest rooms also offer premium cable TV with channels including HBO, ESPN, ESPN 2, CNN, TNT, MTV, VH1, Spike, and Bravo. In addition to several home away from home amenities, we have a convenient guest laundry facility, vending machine, and ice machine. Our Stockton, California hotel also offers a professional meeting room that is perfect for all of your small business and personal gatherings. After a long day, take a dip in our crystal clear outdoor pool or relax poolside to put your mind and body at ease. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, our friendly and helpful staff is available 24 hours a day to make sure your stay with us is memorable. While staying with us at Americas Best Value Inn and Suites - Stockton, you will discover one of the most intriguing destinations in northern California. Rich in gold rush history and alive with galleries, theaters, and entertainment venues, Stockton is renowned for lively festivals and a thriving downtown waterfront. Spend the day exploring the many nearby attractions, such as the San Joaquin Micke Grove Zoo, Wave Water Park, or the popular Bob Hope Theatre. After a fun-filled day, take your pick from one of the many restaurants just minutes from our hotel including Adalberto*s Mexican, Tandoori Nites Indian Cuisine, Shirasoni Japanese Sushi and Steakhouse, and the Old Spaghetti Factory.
Stockton is home to University of the Pacific and Delta College , a part of the California Community College system as well as an extension branch of CSU Stanislaus.
Stockton is known to have a very high crime rate and often makes the "most dangerous" list in rankings for cities of its size. Common sense is helpful in determining whether an area is safe to explore on foot or not and the transition between relatively safe areas and relatively dangerous ones are often quite abrupt. It is strongly recommended to avoid most areas at night if you are on foot, with an exception for some large, well lit and heavily trafficked shopping centers. The area also has very high rates of car theft and has at times been called "the car theft capital of the world," so always lock your car and keep valuables out of sight.