The open hills behind Nut Tree Airport offer a fantastic spot to pull over and watch as the sky turns from a turquoise blue to a soft amber. Enjoy that perfect moment out of the day with quiet companionship or simply soak up the peace and quiet as you watch the sun setting over the hills of Vacaville.
Getting there: Head east on E. Monte Vista Avenue until you see the Nut Tree Airport Sign, turn in and find a spot to park and relax. Alternate spot: head to the back parking lot of the Nut Tree Shopping center (E. Monte Vista Avenue and Nut Tree Road) and find not only a spectacular view of the hills but also, with a little exploration, the old covered bridge in the fields just behind the shopping center.
A local favorite for spectacular sunsets is Lagoon Valley Lake. Set in the serene hills just outside of town, the two-mile loop around the lake offers unprecedented opportunities for birdwatching, dog-walking, and scenic viewpoints. With its abundance of ancient oaks, regal herons, and the gently sloping hills, Lagoon Valley has picturesque moments to spare!
Getting there: From Vacaville, head west on I-80 and take Exit 51B towards Peña Adobe Road, follow the signs over the overpass and into the park. As of Fall 2018, there is a $5 charge for parking, which is payable at the kiosk in the main parking lot.
Parks, Fields, and Flowers
Vacaville is studded with a bevy of parks, fields, and farmlands that provide ideal backdrops for the setting sun. Take a stroll along the winding Creekwalk path, enjoy an evening picnic at a local park, or take a cruise through the backroads in search of the perfect spot to pull over and snap a photo. On the outskirts of town, fields of sunflowers in all their blooming glory are a summertime favorite and create an unexpected foreground against saturated skies.
Getting there: You’ll find parks and fields scattered throughout the town and all around its edges. We encourage visitors to grab a map at the Visit Vacaville Visitor’s Center and explore to their heart’s content! However, please use caution and be respectful of private property and farmlands.
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