, with about 1.4 million people, has the highest population density in California’s 450-mile-long Central Valley
. Its centerpiece is Sacramento
, the state’s capital city, where the most obvious attraction for DogTrekkers is the 32-mile American River Parkway. This shady and beloved greenbelt cradles a multi-use trail that stretches from the Old Sacramento historic district all the way to Folsom Lake. Along the way are parks, picnic areas and beaches. Dogs are allowed almost everywhere at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, an 18,000-acre preserve with 80 miles of dog-friendly trails as well as ample access to the water.
In the southwest portion of the Sacramento County lies the Sacramento/San Joaquin River Delta, largest estuary on the West Coast. A string of small, dog-friendly towns and marina communities invite exploring in a region widely known for fishing and boating opportunities.
Jackrabbit Brewing Company - Photo credit: @brewswithbuster
Sacramento might be situated smack in the middle of the Central Valley, but its location on the Sacramento and American rivers made it a central player in the 1849 Gold Rush, when a waterfront boomtown (now preserved as Old Sacramento) sported saloons aplenty catering to thirsty prospectors headed to and from the Mother Lode. more »
Rancho Cordova - Photo Credit: @adventure_rn
Rancho Cordova, a suburban community on Highway 50 about 15 miles east of downtown Sacramento, is a great jumping-off place for forays into the Sierra foothills, but it’s also a beer-lover’s destination in itself with six dog-friendly craft breweries or taprooms and a tap-happy restaurant (Brookfield’s) with dog-friendly patio seating. more »
Red Bus Brewing Company - Photo Credit: @doodthepood
Just a blink up Highway 50 from Rancho Cordova, Folsom is a Gold Country gateway rich in pioneer history. It boasts tons of recreational opportunities, a captivating Old Town district with vibrant dining options, and four beer trail havens for DogTrekking brew lovers craving a taste of local ale. more »
Babette gets cozy at The Citizen Hotel
Photo Credit: @landdolphins
From the downtown core to the farthest reaches of suburbia, Sacramento abounds with dog-friendly places to stay. If downtown is your chosen destination, the new Kimpton Sawyer might be just your ticket. It’s smack in the heart of the developing DoCo (Downtown Commons) district surrounding Golden 1 Center, offering out-the-door access to numerous restaurants with dog-friendly patios (plus lots of buzz on event nights). As at all Kimpton hotels, dogs are welcome at no extra charge. more »
Apple at American River Parkway
Photo Credit: @thunder_tiger
Sacramento, California’s “City of Trees,” takes great pride in its shady parks. William Land Park, just south of downtown, is its largest urban oasis. The 166-acre preserve is home to a zoo, a golf course, an amusement park, duck ponds, picnic grounds and miles of canine-friendly walking paths. Among many other events, it hosts the annual Doggy Dash and Bark in the Park Festival (April 27 this year) to benefit the Sacramento SPCA. more »