Davis is a lovely town, with a walking-friendly downtown that has lots of restaurants, bars, and boutiques. The Davis Farmer’s Market takes place on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons, with live music and picnicing opportunities on Wednesdays during the summer.
Davis is “centrally isolated” - you can get to San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, a number of state and national parks (including Big Basin Redwood State Park and Lassen National Parks), and Napa Valley within 2-3 hours. Yosemite and the California coast, including Big Sur and Redwood National and State Parks, are 3-5 hours away. Moreover, many large cities on the West coast, including Vancouver, Portland, Seattle, LA, and San Diego, can be reached within a few hours by flight.
Davis is located about 60 miles north of the Bay Area and 20 miles west of Sacramento.
Davis can be reached in about 30 minutes from the Sacramento International Airport (SMF), and is about an hour away from Oakland Airport (OAK?), and between 2 and 3 hours away from the San Francisco airport (SFO). There is frequent serious highway congestion between Davis and the Bay Area which should be accounted for in travel plans.
Public transportation from OAK and SFO is possible via BART (metro) and Amtrak, which arrives in downtown Davis. While much of downtown Davis is walkable, lodging is typically further and we recommend using ride sharing or taxi services.
One attendee received the following information from their local US consulate:
You may apply for and request ESTA authorization under the Visa Waiver Program, which allows you to stay in the U.S. for 90 days or less. You may not exceed 90 days. If you plan to stay for longer than 90 days, you must apply for and obtain a visa beforehand.
Upon request to firstname.lastname@example.org we can provide invitation letters for people coming from outside the country.
Note that we will provide full tuition and housing refunds to those who are unable to enter the country due to visa issues, irrespective of the official deadlines.
A car is typically not needed in Davis, as the weather is almost always good. On campus housing is a short walk from drugstores and supermarkets, and a medium walk (~20 minutes) to downtown. Davis is very bike friendly and bike rentals are available on a daily or weekly basis (e.g. Ken’s Bike and Ski).
The venue for the Summer Institute is the Valley Hall teaching facility, located on the Health Sciences side of UC Davis main campus. It should be no more than a 15 minute walk from any on-campus housing, and no more than a 25 minute bike ride from any locations in Davis. During the summer there is ample on-site parking for about $7/day. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners will be close to the workshop rooms and lodging.
Summers in Davis are almost uniformly sunny, dry, and hot, reaching temperatures of up to 110 deg F (38 deg C). We recommend bringing water bottles, hats, and sunscreen.
The workshops have no dress requirement and informal-wear (flip-flops and shorts!) are fine, although we do also have strong functioning air conditioning in the classrooms, so you might also bring some warm clothes.
Davis is very family friendly, and kids and partners are welcome at all social events. California is in general LGBTQ-friendly as well.
Please inquire if you want to stay on campus with a partner or your family. Note that there are some hotels that have family-suitable suites.
Any special requirements (whether dietary, transportation, or family related) should be communicated to email@example.com. We will strive to accomodate your needs!
If you have questions, please contact us at via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.