Now as during the Gold Rush era, the Central Valley is both California’s breadbasket and a jumping-off point for excursions to wine country, Gold Country
, the Bay Area and the Lake Tahoe
. But with so many recreational opportunities close at hand, there’s no reason to wander far.
The region, stretching 450 miles from Glenn County in the north to San Joaquin County in the south, is drained by the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. Colusa, Yuba, Sutter, Yolo and San Benito counties are part of the Central Valley mix covered under this DogTrekker tab. Sacramento County
has its own pages.
There’s lots of dog-friendly wine country to explore out there, as well as lakes, rivers, parks and public lands to explore. The Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta is an other-wordly maze of waterways of particular interest to Central Valley visitors.
Sacramentans cherish the American River Parkway
, a shady, 32-mile greenbelt meandering from the Old Sacramento
historic district to sprawling Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
. This jewel in the crown of the Sacramento County Regional Park System
has many access points
and offers an unlimited opportunity to stroll and splash with your best friend. more »
Sacramento enjoys a mild fall and winter climate perfect for outings with your pup. If you’re a visitor and weather permits, start your explorations at the navel of California political activity, the state Capitol. No, you can’t go inside—but the two of you can explore Capitol Park
, a 40-acre urban preserve surrounding the imposing domed structure. Hundreds of labeled plants from around the world make this park a garden enthusiast’s delight, while somber memorials recall sacrifices made in war. more »
This just in: The Sacramento River Train
is now dog-friendly! That’s right, your pooch can ride along with you in open-air cars on three-hour, themed daytime trips that feature wine or beer tastings; picnics, “great train robberies” and, on the horizon, zombie trains and pumpkin-patch visits. While fares for human passengers vary according to trip, dog tickets are priced at a bare-bones $10. more »
Each month, it seems, more and more Sacramento restaurants are breaking the dog barrier by welcoming human-canine parties at their patio and sidewalk tables. There’s no better time to sample their cuisine than during Farm-to-Fork Restaurant Week
, Sept. 21-29, when eateries throughout the region will be showcasing farm-inspired, fixed-price menus; wine and beer pairings; and other culinary promotions geared to show off local produce. more »
Not all botanical gardens are dog-friendly, but we know some that are—and if you’re into tulips and other early-blooming florals, now’s the time for the two of you to watch spring springing into action. more »