1. UC Davis Arboretum
2. Davis Greenbelt
3. The Quad
Most picturesque places in Davis can be noted for their sweeping vistas and magical beauty; the UC Davis Arboretum certainly encompasses these characteristics
Largely maintained by volunteers from both the community and students, the arboretum welcomes roughly 250,000 visitors yearly, according to arboretum director Kathleen Socolofsky.
Community members and volunteers maintain the arboretum to look, feel and smell like an untainted environment, Socolofsky said.
“Our own horticulture is more focused on the plants because we are a living museum,” she said. “Every plant is a specimen in our museum … and every single person who works also supervises volunteers from the community.”
The arboretum encourages student leadership with a fix-it crew, nursery volunteers and student groups such as Arboretum Ambassadors that aim to maintain the arboretum’s picturesque environment for students to enjoy.
In second place is the Davis Greenbelt, located throughout all areas of Davis, composed of bike and walking paths. The greenbelt offers open spaces filled with nature and relaxation.
Coming in at third is UC Davis‘ very own Quad. During many sunny days of the year, one can witness an array of students lying out in the grass catching some rays, or even taking a little nap before or after classes. New this year is the Centennial Walkway, a common place to find students walking and biking illegally.
– Angela Ruggiero