Sacramento is the Golden State’s capital city, and the renovated, copper-domed Capitol Building is an elegant showcase for state government. The city was the western terminus of the transcontinental railroad of pioneer days, and parts of the city still have an Old West ambience. Old Sacramento preserves lovingly restored 19th century saloons and shops, and is an introduction to the northern California historic Gold Country region, built by Gold Rush era mining and entrepreneurship. Explore more in nearby Gold Country region, built by the Gold Rush era of mining and entrepreneurship. Explore more in nearby Placer County to the east, offering recreation in the foothills of the High Sierra.
Discover Grass Valley a few short miles off the road on the way to Tahoe with its laid back community and nearby places to experience adventure and nature. Colorful Mill Street is pedestrian-friendly and invites everyone to slow down.
Alpine coolness, fresh-air forests and sparkling blue water distinguish Lake Tahoe, less than two hours from Sacramento (and only four from San Francisco). Swimming, boating, fishing and gaming are on the menu at the restaurants, lodges, hotels and casinos of South Lake Tahoe and Incline Village, NV. In winter, the area is a powdery playground for skiers and snowboarders.