Modesto is a city of modesty and is most commonly known as the setting of the 1973 George Lucas Film American Graffiti. Head to this location for a cruising coliving experience but don’t expect to see any graffiti on the streets, considering it was banned in 1993. Instead, keep an eye out during the day for the occasional hot rod and flashy wheels that still drive through.
Officially, the name derives from the Spanish word meaning ‘modest’, and it suits this city well. Low-key by name and by nature. Any remote worker will find it a relaxed destination to hole up for a while. In particular, the city is surrounded by natural beauty and is only a stone’s throw away from Yosemite National Park. Just think of all the trips you could take to explore this iconic location. Inside the city is the beautifully preserved McHenry Mansion. This historic Victorian-Italianate house museum is a perfect afternoon activity. Whilst exploring you may also want to visit the Gallo Center for the Arts, where you can take in a variety of shows and performances.
What Modesto is known for though is being the hub of the “Farm to Table” movement. This philosophy focuses on bringing the freshest of ingredients to your kitchen table from the surrounding areas. Visit the Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market and fill your coliving kitchen with the best fruits and vegetables, as well as locally made cheeses, jams, jellies, and best of all, artisan honey.
Although this city doesn’t have as many nomads, it is reasonably priced and enjoys super-fast Internet. So if food and a bit of trendy film history work for you, then make sure to check this coliving spot out.
Fun facts about Modesto:
- Nuts are an agricultural staple in Modesto
- George Lucas, the Star Wars creator was born here
- Modesto means ‘Modest’ in Spanish