The Gibson Ranch location was idyllic, the camping experience was wonderful and added another level to the experience, but for anyone who wasn't up for sleeping on the earth, hotels were further away, and driving/parking proved problematic on the first day of the festival (but were definitely fixed on the second day, and if you camped, you didn't even notice).
Discovery Park has hotels close by and is a very short distance from downtown Sacramento and beautiful Old Sacramento... which this weekend hosts another, different music festival: SacMusicFest. So if you're planning on travelling a fair distance for Aftershock, maybe plan a couple of extra days, and take in the city while you are here!
Have you started making your wish-list for the Aftershock lineup? Here are a few of mine: Disturbed, Rammstein, Gemini Syndrome, Alter Bridge, Hands Like Houses, Between The Buried And Me, Pop Evil, and heck, get Marillion here for a late-Sunday set, after their gig in LA on the Saturday evening (they play San Francisco on the Friday immediately before Aftershock, and yes, I will be at both events. There's time enough to sleep when you're dead.) You'll note I don't have Five Finger Death Punch in my wish-list, and that's only because I don't think that anyone has yet perfected a beam-me-up transporter--FFDP have gigs in other Kansas and Colorado that weekend. And what about Catfish and the Bottlemen for the younger crowd, and The Virginmarys for a touch of British punk rock? Who is on your wishlist?