Central Valley

Central Valley

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The Central Valley is both California’s breadbasket and a jumping-off point for excursions to wine country, Gold Country, the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe.

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The Central Valley comprises parts of 11 counties and stretches from Kern County in the south to Vacaville and Yolo County just west of Sacramento, plus Glenn and Yuba Counties further north.
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Vacaville for visitors: packed with surprises

Dogs love to stay in Vacaville wine country
Dogs love to stay in Vacaville wine country

Maybe you know Vacaville in Solano County as a place you see exit signs for as you zoom past on Interstate 80. But if you and your four-legged companion have never checked it out, you can’t know what you’re missing! Vacaville is an affordable base camp for DogTrekkers keen on visiting Northern California wine country. And, it's very dog-friendly! more »

Raise a glass to the dog-friendly Delta

Take your pup to the Clarksburg Wine Trail
Take your pup to the Clarksburg Wine Trail

Just 15 miles south of downtown Sacramento, the scenic Sacramento River Delta opens up, city life slows to a crawl and the Clarksburg American Viticultural Area offers all kind of dog-friendly, small-batch wine-tasting experiences, along with a few good places to eat. If you’re not from Sacramento, it’s probably all new to you, so take a leisurely drive of discovery and find out more. more »

East to the foothills and apples galore

Dogs & families love Apple Hill
Dogs & families love Apple Hill

While parts of El Dorado County were impacted by the Caldor Fire in August and September, the Apple Hill Growers region north of Placerville (about 45 minutes from Sacramento on Highway 50) was spared. It’s 50-odd member farms, wineries and other establishments (almost all of them dog-friendly) kicked off the 2021 season in early September with regional events, individual grower events, kids’ activities and pumpkin patches galore. more »

Capital canine discoveries

Image courtesy Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
Image courtesy Kimpton Sawyer Hotel

If it’s your first visit to Sacto, don’t neglect to take a stroll through Capitol Park, a 40-acre urban preserve surrounding the imposing domed structure. Hundreds of labeled plants from around the world make this shady park a garden enthusiast’s delight, while somber memorials recall sacrifices made in war. Plus, there are great dog-friendly hotels nearby, like The Citizen Hotel, Best Western Plus Sutter House, Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, The Westin Sacramento and othersmore »

Explore Sacramento’s ‘Big Back Yard’ with your pup

Bella visits the capital, image courtesy of Duroncelet
Bella visits the capital, image courtesy of Duroncelet

As the seasons change and the smoke from Northern California wildfires gives way to crystal-blue skies, opportunities for exploring Sacramento and the destinations in its “big back yard” expand. Make the state capital your home base and take off from there. Here is the best of dog-friendly Sacramento and neighboring communities:

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Dog Travel Events


19th Annual Valentine Run/Walk Race for Justice
February 12, 2022 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
2310 Watt Ave., Sacramento, California
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The Menagerie's Odd Valentine Pop-Up at Whimsy Market
February 12, 2022 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2353 Pacific Avenue #ste b, Stockton, California 95204
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Pet Expo at Fresno Home Show
March 4, 2022 to March 6, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
1121 South Chance Ave., Fresno, California
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Cowboy Fur Ball Dinner & Auction
March 26, 2022 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
3800 Airline Highway, Hollister, California 95023
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Emergency Services

All Creatures Veterinary Emergency Clinic
7707 West Ln., Ste. A
Stockton, California 95210
Phone: (209) 472-7387

VCA Bradshaw Animal Hospital
9609 Bradshaw Rd.
Elk Grove, California 95624
Phone: (916) 685-2494

Visalia Animal Care Center - Lost Dogs
29016 Hwy. 99
Visalia, California 93277
Phone: (559) 713-4700

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