Sacramento, the Golden State’s capital 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. The renovated, copper-domed Capitol Building is an elegant showcase for state government. 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. En route are the Solano County attractions of Vallejo, Fairfield, Vacaville and Benicia, California’s third state capital.