Rancho Cordova curves along the American River between Sacramento and Folsom, in Northern California’s sun-splashed Gold Country. This charming, dog-friendly community has trails, parks, open-air patios, and nearly a dozen hotels that welcome four-legged family members.
Start your stay with a walk on the American River Parkway-Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, and pause to play fetch in the fenced dog park at Hagan Community Park. Then, ramble up Highway 50 to paddle and splash on Lake Natoma. When it’s time to refuel, swing by the Barrel District for food truck fare and a pint at Burning Barrel Brewing, or wind down with bourbon at J.J. Pfister Distilling.