Best Attractions in Modesto

Modesto was the birthplace for George Lucas, a world-famous director who inspired his 1973 film American Graffiti.  

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Downtown Modesto

The Gallo Center for the Arts and the pedestrian-only Tenth St Plaza are two modern downtown attractions. 

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Gallo Center for the Art

Two performance venues are located in the center, including the 1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater

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Graffiti Summer

This event pays tribute to George Lucas, the hometown director. His breakthrough movie American Graffiti was inspired by his youth in Modesto in early 1960s. 

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The State Theatre

The State Theatre screens a variety of movies, including indie films and classics. Many of these films are not available in traditional cinemas.  

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Tuolumne River Regional Park

Legion is one of the most popular spots in the park. Both parks offer picnic areas as well as recreational opportunities like fishing and playgrounds.  

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite is a great alternative to the heat of Central California’s summer heat. It boasts higher elevations and alpine lakes. 

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Jacob Meyer Park

At the entrance to the park is the Rotary Picnic Area. Here, families can enjoy a picnic table and a playground throughout the week.  

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