The Cali’ Experience: Davis A Town Of Understated Genius (SFGate)
Remember that friendly, down-to-earth, modest person you went to high school with? Smart and likable but maybe easy to take for granted? Then you go to your 10th reunion and discover that she/he has just spent six months orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station, or won a MacArthur Fellowship or is having a career retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Or all three.
It’s the same with Davis, the university town 75 miles east of San Francisco, 15 miles west of Sacramento. At first glance, this 66,000-person city seems tree-lined and pleasant, but maybe not glamorously unforgettable. Give it some time — like two minutes. Then you’ll discover one of the most enjoyable places in California.