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Top dog, meet Capital City

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Top destination stories of 2023

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Wag your way through Old Sac

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Sacramento’s No. 1 tourist destination is as popular with locals as with visitors. And now that masks are off and smiles are on, it’s crazy hopping with activity again. The...

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Play in a park with your pup

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Sacramento is known for its rich agricultural heritage and is often referred to as "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital" due to its abundance of fresh, locally-sourced food.

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Paws up for these dog-friendly hotels

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If you’re like many visitors, you want to stay in a central location just a short jaunt from the attractions on your “must experience” list. Fortunately, central Sacramento is chock-full...

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Walk, play, eat & stay: Sacramento SPCA Doggy Dash is turning 30!

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Join the Sacramento SPCA’s 30th annual Doggy Dash at William Land Park on Saturday, April 22, 2023! Dog-gone fun festivities include a 2k/5k dog walk and the popular Bark in...

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Rancho Cordova: A beer-lovers destination!

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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, as well as a...

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Vacaville is exciting, affordable and friendly for dogs

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DogTrekkers love exploring Northern California, and one regional destination stands out for its convenient location and four-paw experiences.

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Affordable hotels with dog-friendly amenities

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Vacaville’s central location makes it an easy, budget-friendly home base for all sorts of Northern California adventures.

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Two new trails spotlight Vacaville’s top stops

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Vacaville's popular taco and winery trails introduce some of the city's tastiest highlights. Now, two new trail guides offer additional ways to explore.

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Culture, open-air patios and tacos galore

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In Vacaville, you’ll find engaging surprises at every turn. The Western Railway Museum showcases 50 vintage cars across 22 dog-friendly acres.

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Placer County promises trails, thrills and tasty surprises

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Welcome to Placer County, a 1,400-square-mile playground where dog-friendly fun is always in season. From cosmopolitan Roseville and Rocklin,

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Special events for you and your dog

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DogTrekkers are a giving bunch as witnessed by their support for the adoption/rescue community through donations, volunteering, and attendance at

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California SNO-Parks: SNO many options for dog-friendly fun

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Here's a DogTrekker secret: Stories about California SNO-Parks are among our most-read each year! There's lots to bark about

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Woof it up in Vacaville

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So…what do you and your pup know about dog-friendly Vacaville and its slice of Solano County? Maybe not much if all you’ve done is zoom past the exits on Interstate...

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Dog-friendy Tuolumne County (video)

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Welcome to Tuolumne County, California where you can experience iconic Yosemite explorations, authentic California Gold Country discoveries and unforgettable High Sierra outdoor adventures.

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Raise a glass to the dog-friendly Delta

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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...

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Wag your way through the Central Valley

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Redwood forests and mountains might be more scenically impressive, but there’s a different kind of ambience to be had in California’s flatlands. And the dog-friendly excursion trains that operate here...

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Plan a great Gilroy getaway with your dog

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Follow your nose (as well as your dog’s) to the Garlic Capital of the World! Gilroy California is a great place for a getaway with your four-legged friend. You’ll find...

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Eat, drink and be hairy: dog-friendly restaurants and wineries in Gilroy, CA

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Gilroy is fortunate to have many dog-friendly restaurants and wineries. No need to leave your dog behind to enjoy a tasty meal away from home—you can just wine and dine...

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A hotel for every budget

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Vacaville is a convenient wine country gateway that’s also a short drive from both San Francisco and Sacramento. You’ll find some of the most reasonably priced accommodations around. Vacaville hotels...

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Paws up: Sacramento here we come!

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Join us in our journey as we wag through Old Sacramento, play in some great parks and check out the dog scene at dog-friendly Sacramento hotels.

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Can you Suisun? If you haven’t, go soon!

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While Napa and Sonoma bask in California wine-country publicity, Solano County’s “Rustic Wine Country,” aka Suisun Valley, deserves a place on your dog-friendly bucket list, too. The “hidden” valley is...

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Stay and play in Vacaville

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Sure, you could drive home after a day of hiking or just romping with your dog the fabulous, 3,000-acre fenced canine playground at Lagoon Valley/Pena Adobe Park or the newer...

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Raise a glass to the dog-friendly Delta

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Just 15 miles south of downtown Sacramento, the Clarksburg American Viticultural Area offers all kind of dog-friendly, small-batch wine-tasting experiences.

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Tail-waggin’ fun in Folsom and surrounding areas

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Just up Highway 50 from Sacramento, the city of Folsom is a superb dog-friendly destination with a handsomely renovated Old Town just a block or two from the Sacramento River....

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Capital canine discoveries

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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.

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East to the foothills and apples galore

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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...

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

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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...

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Bark at the Bots, But Don’t Give Up

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It’s usually difficult to snag a reservation at popular lakeside, state and national parks at this point in the year. Many can take repeated attempts to score. This year, however,...

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Sacramento’s dog-friendly outdoor dining scene

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Sacramento’s restaurant scene, is in full bloom; heated dining tents and patios have sprung up all over town, and with the weather generally mild, dog-friendly patio dining is ramping up...

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Dog-friendly surprises in Solano County

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Taken aback by prices at Napa and Sonoma hotels and wineries? Stay in Vacaville at half the price and visit nearby Suisun Valley Rustic Wine Country,

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Pumpkins patches and wine, oh my!

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There’s no time better than October to visit the Suisun Valley between Davis and Vacaville in Solano County.

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Dog-friendly Sacramento: Two Rivers Run Through It

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The American and Sacramento rivers converge at Discovery Park, just north of downtown Sacramento, and whichever way you trek along the 32-mile, multi-use Jedidiah Smith Memorial Trail (also known as...

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Find A Dog-Friendly Place In Placer County

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Placer County is large and diverse, stretching from just north of Sacramento County all the way to Tahoe’s north shore. In between are hundreds of square miles of national forest...

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Folsom: Gateway to Gold Country

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Folsom isn’t only a convenient destination for Northern California visitors, it’s also diverse, offering many options for “socially distanced” outdoor recreation. Start by stepping out on a segment of the...

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Berkeley Humane is Here for You and Your Pets

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“Walking through our shelter today was a bit emotional. It was quiet – a word probably never used before to describe our shelter,” says Jeffrey Zerwekh, Executive Director, Berkeley Humane....

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SSPCA’s Doggy Dash Moves to June 27th

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The Sacramento SPCA will host the 27th Annual Doggy Dash on Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Doggy Dash is California’s largest 2k/5k dog walk and festival to benefit shelter...

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Concord: Hike, Drink, Dine & Unwind

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The Contra Costa County town of Concord calls itself a “Northern California Original,” and it’s easy to see why. With a booming craft brew scene, creative dining options and a...

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Naturalist John Muir’s Dog-friendly Legacy

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Go North, DogTrekkers, Go North!

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A month from now, the epic waterfalls of the Shasta-Cascade region in Northern California will be gushing in spectacular fashion. That said, the cascades on the McCloud River —Lower, Middle...

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Vacaville: A dog-friendly base camp for new discoveries

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Paws Up for the Mount Diablo Region

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The dog-friendly East Bay communities of Concord and Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County have something very much in common:  both look out on Mount Diablo, an isolated peak that...

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Go Soon to Suisun!

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Drifting About in the Delta

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The San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta is a boater’s paradise that in places feels like anther world. But you don’t need a boat to explore this rich agricultural region marked with...

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Visit a close-in, dog-friendly campground

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Even if you’re an urban dweller, you don’t have to go far to snag a spot in the woods (although you might have trouble with reservations).

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Much to Adore About Amador County Wine

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This beautiful, rolling county southeast of Sacramento is highly regarded both for its wines and historic towns like Sutter Creek and Plymouth that beg lingering. Six dog-friendly wineries on the Amador...

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Sacramento: A Beer-Lover’s Magnet

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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...

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Brews and More in Rancho Cordova

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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...

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Pleasant Surprises in Pleasant Hill

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This East Bay community of 35,000 is surrounded by hills that perfectly reflect its name. But while some may view its location (23 miles east of San Francisco and 73...

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Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary

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There Karli was, a cute little dog wandering the streets of Sacramento. Picked up as a stray. Unclaimed by anybody.  But then along came Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary.

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Get a taste (and a sip) of the dog-friendly delta

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The San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta (often referred to as the California Delta) is a maze of navigable waterways winding from Sacramento to the San Francisco Bay.

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Where to Stay With Your Dog in Sacramento

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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...

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Eat, Drink, Be Merry With Your Dog By Your Side

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Outdoor dining is an integral part of Sacramento culture, and restaurants with dog-friendly patios are too numerous to count. For walkability and a huge diversity of offerings, the Midtown residential/retail/dining/entertainment...

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Pick a park and take a walk

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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...

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North Valley Animal Disaster Group

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If you're feeling both helpless and grateful as rains finally douse the catastrophic Camp Fire, you're not alone. But there are a lot of heroes stepping up to render aid...

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Jingle Bell Pup Crawl, Sacramento

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Yolo County SPCA Purrfect Howliday Pawty, Sacramento

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Theatre of Lights, Sacramento

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Pets Lifeline 2018

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Wherever Chavo came from, he was much loved and knows how to be a good dog. That's the report from his foster parents at Pets Lifeline in Sonoma, who took...

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Where to chow down with your pup in Vacaville

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When it’s mealtime in Vacaville, you’ll find many casual, dog-friendly options, from pizza and barbecue to Mexican, Italian and sandwich shops.

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Hike, sniff and park it on the Alamo Creek Bikeway

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Yes it’s primarily a bike path, but dog walkers will find much to enjoy along the shaded, 4.4-mile Alamo Creek Bikeway.

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Take A Stroll Through History

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Don’t you love it when you stumble upon something great that you never knew about before? That’s the feeling that takes over upon entering Lagoon Valley/Peña Adobe Regional Park, a...

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Call it a Night in the Tri-Valley

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Sure, you could commute from the Bay Area or Sacramento, but why not make a weekend of it? After a day of hiking or touring the wine or craft-beer trails,...

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Summer fun with your pup in Folsom

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History, a vibrant dining scene and outdoor recreation options galore beckon in this gateway to California Gold Country.

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Cool Your Jets (and Your Pets) in Sacramento

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Sacramento is hot, hot, hot—and we’re not talking summer weather. The restaurant and craft brewery scene here has exploded of late, and thanks to a (usually) mild climate, outdoor dining...

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Lots New to See and Do in Rancho Cordova

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Highway 50 buzzes right through Rancho Cordova between Sacramento and Folsom, so unless you pull off to explore, you won’t know what you’re missing. Start, perhaps with an overnight stay...

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All aboard a choo-choo train

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The chug-chug and urgent whistle call of an approaching train is always exciting, especially when a vintage steam engine leads the charge. How can you hear it and see it...

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Dog-Friendly Campground Reservation Resources

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• California State Parks rolled out a new reservation system, ReserveCalifornia, in August of last year, with new features still being phased in. Users who create a profile can reserve...

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A few of our favorite dog-friendly campgrounds

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Almost every public campground in California is dog-friendly, but that doesn’t mean your dog is welcome to hike with you, even on a leash.

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Sacramento SPCA 2018

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Meet Princess Bella, a smiling, wagging, snuggling hunk of doggie love.  At 5 years old, this Staffie-mix girl is happy and talkative, and wants to be part of whatever you're...

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Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, Sacramento

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Smack downtown in the middle of the action surrounding the new Golden 1 Center (home of the Sacramento Kings), the new, 260-room Kimpton Sawyer co-anchors a developing retail and entertainment...

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Sunny Tri-Valley Wineries Welcome Dogs

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The Tri-Valley region, an hour east of San Francisco, is nothing if not full of surprises, especially when it comes to wine. Production is centered in the rolling Livermore Valley...

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A Cluster of Winery Finds In Gold Country

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Wine grapes were introduced to the Sierra Nevada foothills during the Gold Rush years, when miners were thirsty for refreshment and farmers eager to provide. Today, the Sierra Foothills AVA...

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Carneros, Here We Come

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What part of the Napa and Sonoma valleys is closest to the Bay Area and Sacramento? The answer: Carneros, a wine-growing region and AVA (American Viticultural Area) that spans parts...

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Make Time for Mount Shasta

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The Shasta Cascade region’s name comes from a monumental mountain (Mount Shasta, at 14,179 feet, one of the highest peaks in the country) and the Cascade mountain range that begins...

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Kick Some Butte

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Butte County, a quick 70 miles north of Sacramento via interstate 5, is more than just drive-by country. Besides being home to Chico, a vibrant college town; and Lake Oroville, second-largest...

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Dog-friendly pumpkin patches in NorCal

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What's Halloween without a visit to a pumpkin patch, especially if the pumpkin patch doubles as a seasonal family theme park?

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Make it a Meal Deal

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Be sure to stash a few treats in your pocket so Spike won’t get jealous while the rest of you take your pick of food-truck fare and enjoy live music,...

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Historic Folsom: Gateway to the Gold Country

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Visitors know Folsom for the song made famous by the Man in Black, but no one sings the blues once they get to this historic little city at the western...

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Pull Up a Pillow (and a Dog Bed) and Stay the Night

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While the Tri-Valley region is within easy commuting distance of the Bay Area and Sacramento, after a day of hiking or touring the wine or craft beer trails, it’s always...

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What and Where is Tri-Valley?

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Three valleys and four cities make up the Tri-Valley region, which away from urban areas is characterized by rolling hills studded with gnarly oaks and sprawling vineyards. It’s less than...

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Fifth stop: Mammoth Lakes back to Sac via Yosemite

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Allow a full day—or more, if time permits—for the long but scenic drive back to Sacramento via Highway 120 over Tioga Pass Road through Yosemite National Park.

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First Stop: Start in Sacramento

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The California capital makes a great jumping-off place for DogTrekkers poised for a trip to high country. Snuggle into a dog-friendly hotel, dine on a restaurant patio with your pup...

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Crystal Blue Persuasion

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You’ve probably seen, en-route to Lake Tahoe on Highway 50, the left-turn lane directing traffic onto Ice House Road leading into the Crystal Basin Recreation Area. Take time to explore...

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The Lowdown On Dog-Friendly Public Lands

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Dogs are welcome at 90 percent of California campgrounds—it’s the rare one indeed that doesn’t allow four-legged family members. But before you put your credit card down, you’ll want to...

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Here’s where to SNO-PARK

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Wondering where to go to the snow with Rover? Start with a look at the DogTrekker SNO-PARKS page and map

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PyrPaw Rescue

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Some months ago, Bear was facing death before his life had really started, through no fault of his own. At 2 1/2, the happy, healthy Great Pyrenees dog became a...

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See the Lights

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Holiday parades and light displays are part and parcel of the American holiday experience, with cities and towns large and small getting into the illuminated holiday spirit. Here are three...

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Sacramento’s Big Gift

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Almost every city and shelter in California sponsors a holiday adoption event, but few are as fortunate as Sacramento in having a benefactor like Kim Pacini-Hauch, a pet-loving real-estate agent...

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Vine and Dine In Sonoma

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Sonoma County is one of California’s largest and most diverse regions—and one that can seem very close or very far away, depending on your time, destination and inclinations. For a...

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Three Must-See’s For You And Your Dog

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Shasta Dam, the second-largest concrete dam in the United States (after Grand Coulee in Washington) is a wonder to behold, as is Shasta Lake, the largest reservoir in California. If it’s...

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Climb (or drive) every mountain

Two adventurous pooches rest on an intriguing shoreline peppered with rocks, their loyal water bottle companion at their side. Behind them, a serene lake seamlessly merges with the cloudy summer sky, creating a breathtaking backdrop for this canine-friendly spot. This picture-perfect setting offers not only natural beauty but an array of exciting activities for your furry friends to enjoy. - Dogtrekker

On a clear day, 14,179-foot-high Mount Shasta comes into view just north of Sacramento as you make the trip up Interstate 5.

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Where to Float Away

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Northern California has more houseboating opportunities than any other state in the Union, but a little homework is always in order. For comprehensive information and comparisons, check in with Forever...

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Folsom – Gateway to Gold Country

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Yes, country legend Johnny Cash put Folsom on America's musical map—and soon there will be a 2.5-mile, Class I bike trail named in his honor. It will cross Folsom Prison...

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More Wet Ways to Play

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding, SUP for short, is an emerging sport with Hawaiian heritage that’s caught on big all up and down California. The newest craze: teaching dogs to hitch a ride....

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Top Paw-Tested Campgrounds

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We don’t claim to be personally familiar with every campground in California, but our experiences at these dog-friendly sites have been pawsitive enough to keep us coming back again and...

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Rules and Regs Regarding Rover

Camp life can be very exciting for a dog, so long as she doesn’t eat too many marshmallows. Dogs are welcome at 90 percent of California campgrounds—it’s the rare one...

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Tiptoe through the tulips in Davis

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Sometimes a lovely May day beckons with a leisurely stroll, rather than a full-on hike. For DogTrekkers who enjoy spring blooms,

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Tuolumne County (North/Big Oak Flat) Entrance

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There is plenty to see as you and your four-legged companion wander through rugged Tuolumne County toward the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park.

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Lots to Wag About in Tri-Valley

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For those who live in San Francisco, Sacramento and most points in between, the Tri-Valley region, with its rolling topography and semi-rural character, offers a refreshing change of venue for...

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It’s “Fleas Navidad” in Sacramento

The Sacramento SPCA is among organizations working many angles this holiday season in an effort to raise funds and find loving homes for the animals in its temporary care. It’s...

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Stake a Claim in Sacramento

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Photo Credit: Eileen McFall (CC) If you’re one for “spoke and wheel” getaways, the centrally located state capital makes a great hub for day trips throughout the region. Of course,...

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Bark when you discover Vacaville

Panoramic view of Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville, California, USA, featuring oak tree and a lake and pedestrian walkway around it, from above

Don’t you love it when you stumble across something great that you never knew about before? That’s the feeling that takes

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Take a Yolo County detour

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In Yolo County, Interstate 80 runs right past the UC Davis campus and within ball-throwing distance of Sudwerk, one of the state’s pioneering craft breweries.

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Dog-friendly Western Railway Museum

People and pups interested in history have a couple of great options within a half-hour’s drive. The Western Railway Museum, on a rural stretch of Highway 12, is a fascinating...

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Butte Humane Society 2015

Meet Hooch, a happy young fellow who seeks a spot as the only dog in a loving home. A smart guy who loves practicing his obedience skills (especially if treats...

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Butte County Getaway With Humphrey

Bidwell Park Just an hour north of Sacramento, Butte County is a great place for an outdoorsy getaway with your canine companion. The surprises start in the county seat of...

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Sip ‘n’ Sightsee With Your Dog

Photo Credit: JJ (CC) The Napa Valley wine region boasts about 120 wineries that welcome dogs on their grounds and/or their tasting rooms.

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Enjoy Farm-to-Glass Bounty in Sacramento

Norman visiting the CA State Capitol. Photo credit: Julie Christensen With more than 200 hundred wineries situated within a 75-mile radius of the state Capitol, Sacramento can lay claim to...

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SUP with your pup

Stand-Up Paddle-boarding has caught on big-time with canine passengers as well as the people who do the paddling. Most dogs love to ride along, although it can take some coaxing...

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Fetch a Ride on the Sacramento RiverTrain

Photo courtesy: Sacramento RiverTrain Put your arm around your pooch and savor the fresh air, food and valley views to be enjoyed from Sacramento RiverTrain’s dog-friendly open-air cars. Three-hour, themed...

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Sacramento’s Dog-friendly Craft Breweries

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(CC) Sephiroty To say the craft-brewery scene has exploded in Sacramento is an understatement: the California capital just might lead the nation in number of craft breweries per capita, with...

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City of Sacramento’s Front Street Shelter

We've told you before about the dramatic turnaround of the City of Sacramento's Front Street shelter. Once a dark and deadly place for dogs, it's much safer and happier these...

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Chow Down in Sacramento

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I'll have the chicken salad... Photo:Kennejima Several years ago, Sacramento branded itself “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.” And no wonder: virtually every independently-owned restaurant in town prides itself on fresh ingredients sourced...

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Exploring Greater Sacramento’s Wine Regions

Sacramento's self-proclaimed title as "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital," and regional wineries are a big part of the picture.

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Lead me to Lodi

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Lodi is a San Joaquin County town and wine region 35 miles south of Sacramento. It is an up-and-coming visitor destination that boasts some 90 wineries, many with dog-friendly grounds...

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Yearning for Yolo

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You can’t know what you’re missing if you don’t pull off the highway, and for DogTrekkers speeding through Yolo County on Interstate 80, there are myriad reasons to put on...

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Sacramento and Folsom: Gold Country Getaways

Dog party in downtown Sacramento. Photo: Kelly Huston Sacramento and Folsom are the dog-friendly gateways to California Gold Country. And there’s no denying it: temperatures here can get very hot...

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Vroom over to Vacaville

Panoramic view of Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville, California, USA, featuring oak tree and a lake and pedestrian walkway around it, from above

Sometimes the places in our own backyard are the least explored. And for many Northern Californians, Vacaville, a familiar name on Interstate 80, is one of them.

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Explore the countryside

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The words “wine” and “Sacramento” may not seem to go together—until you realize more than 200 wineries and tasting rooms are situated within 75 miles of the state capital.

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Explore Sacramento and Folsom

Buddy jumped 26 feet at Splash Dogs in Folsom No, gold wasn’t found in Sacramento or Folsom. But both cities played huge roles in the Gold Rush as supply centers,...

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City of Sacramento Animal Care Services 2013

In the old days, the City of Sacramento's animal shelter was a notoriously dark, even abusive institution. When we checked in with them a couple of years ago, new management...

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Say hello to Folsom

Folsom Lake

Johnny Cash may have slipped Folsom into America’s psyche, but visitors will sing a different tune once they experience the vitality of this historic little city at the western gateway...

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Dog-Passionate Sacramento

Yellow lab Maya on the Sacramento River Trail

Dog-friendly California begins with Sacramento, as you will find out when you explore all the capital city has to offer, from hikes to scenic walks, dog parks to swim spots...

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Sacramento and Beyond

The words “wine” and “Sacramento” may not seem to go together—until you realize more than 200 wineries and tasting rooms are situated within 75 miles of the state capital. Many...

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Paws for a Pint in Sacramento

The days between now and March 4 are part of the third annual Beer Week in Sacramento, a time for showcasing specialty suds at dozens of pubs, restaurants and microbreweries....

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Sacramento SPCA 2012

Founded in 1894, the Sacramento SPCA takes in pets in need from the area and provides a safe, nurturing place for them until their forever home comes along. Through its...

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Pet Rescue: Sacramento Animal Care Services

Historically, the greater Sacramento area has had a severe problem of animal overpopulation and abandonment that's often turned out tragically. Two years ago, however, the city of Sacramento's Animal Care...

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Pug Sunday in Chico

Part gathering, part rescue, Pug Sunday in Chico got its start in 2001 when local pug lover Sandi Castellano, who'd heard about the famed Pug Sunday in Alta Plaza in...

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Pie Am I in Gold Country

The sun shines through the trees in an apple hill vineyard.

Things get so busy in October in the Apple Hill region of El Dorado County that shuttle buses are put into play. But from Labor Day weekend until the calendar...

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Butte Humane Society

Butte Humane Society

Since 1911, Chico's Butte Humane Society, one of the county's oldest nonprofit agencies, has been coming to the aid of animals in need, helping the lost and abandoned find new...

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No Buttes About It

With more public lands than a DogTrekker could explore in a lifetime, Butte County is a great place for an outdoorsy getaway with your canine companion. The surprises start in...

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Sacramento Independent Animal Rescuers

In 2001, Carrie Moore pulled a doomed dog she called Nevada from the Sacramento city shelter and ultimately found a home for him with a dog park buddy. "I started...

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Golden State Greyhound Adoption

greyhound on bed

Golden State Greyhound Adoption places retired racing greyhounds in adoptive homes in the San Francisco Bay Area, the greater Sacramento area and beyond.

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Bark for Benicia

French bulldog on waterfront

Yelp, we thought that seeing this Solano County town in the No. 4 slot on the Dog Fancy list would elicit yowls of surprise. Yet behind all those happily wagging...

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