Woodland is known as the "City of Trees," and when you visit and see Woodland's living heritage in well preserved buildings reflecting previous times, it makes you want to roll back the clock and sit a while like people used to to relax on a shaded porch.
Downtown Woodland and its neighborhoods offer a serene setting in one of the fastest growing regions in America. With more than 160 acres of parks and recreation areas and two public swimming pools for recreation, summer camp at Camp Packer Creek in the Tahoe National Forest, life is beautiful. And when it's time to check out, there's a 22-acre historic cemetery filled with many unique grave stones and stories of those who once resided in the town.
Agriculture plays a big part in Woodland, its commerce, economy and its landscapes. Woodland has also become manufacturing and distribution center, thanks to the roads and highways that connect Woodland to other cities and products.
As the county seat of Yolo County, a fertile farming region in California's Central Valley, Woodland enjoys access to Sacramento 20 miles southeast of the city, and San Francisco. Interstate 5 and State Route 113 are the major highways and roads that lead travelers to, through and past Woodland.
For those looking to visit the bigger sites, Woodland isn't far from the Sacramento State Capitol, Sacramento International Airport, Cache Creek Casino and University of California Davis.
Heidrick Ag History Center, 1962 Hays Lane, Woodland, California 95776. Tel: (530) 666-9700. aghistory.org
When visiting, be sure to see Heidrick Ag History Center. It includes the world's largest and most unique collection of one-of-a-kind antique agricultural equipment. Combined with Hays Antique Truck Museum, also recognized as the largest of its kind in the world, the two facilities introduce visitors to the marvels of agriculture, and commercial trucking. 130,000 square feet of interactive exhibits require a little extra time to see and experience. The facility opened in 1997 and specializes in collections of farm implements, tractors and harvesting machinery from the late 1800s through the middle of the last century.
Woodland Opera House features theatrical performances and musicals performed by award-winning actors who bring the classic plays to life in a beautifully-restored theater venue. Originally built in 1885, California State Historic Landmark #851, reopened in January 1989 after a seven-year, $2 million+ restoration project.
Originally the stopping place for such performers as Nance O'Neil, James A Herne and Harry Davenport, Polish actress Madame Helen Modjeska, John Philip Sousa and his band, comics Weber and Fields, George M. Cohan's troupe, "Gentleman Jim" Corbett, John L. Sullivan, Sidney Greenstreet, Walter Huston and Verna Felton, over 300 touring companies had appeared on its stage by 1913. Daytime tours are offered. Call for details and times. Woodland Opera House, 340 2nd Street (2nd & Main), Woodland, CA 95776. Tel: (530) 666-9617. wohtheatre.org