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 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.
Alpine coolness, fresh-air forests and sparkling blue water distinguish Lake Tahoe, nested in the Sierra Nevada range. 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.