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Day trips from Sacramento

My husband has a business trip to Sacramento the first week in April, and my 15-year-old daughter and I need some ideas of things to do while he is working each day. We will rent a car, so we will be able to travel independently. We have been to San Francisco before and may spend one day there, and we are going to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite in conjunction to this trip. We would like to limit day trips to maybe within 100 miles or so of Sacramento. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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My 3 daughters loved the free guided tour (and free samples!) at the JellyBelly jellybean factory in Fairfield.

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IN any direction, you can find a bunch of things to do in various locales and towns around Sacramento.

Napa and Sonoma Valleys are within two hours- with all the wineries, tours, historic towns available. Downtown Sonoma is a favorite, as well as Rutherford Grill for dinner.

Jamestown CA is an old town with the active railroad museum associated with the Sate Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Its is about two hours away. It may make a nice trip in conjunction with some gold rush towns or the Railroad Museum.

Santa Rosa is often overlooked but is a great town, hometown of Charles Schultz of "Peanuts" fame. Lots to see and do in that are of the Central Valley.

Don't know if you gamble, but you don't need to go to Nevada. Within an hour there are several Indian casinos that offer all sorts of games, and most have pretty good food. Cache Creek, Red Hawk, Jackson, Colusa and Thunder Valley all have websites that detail their casinos.

Chico CA offers Bidwell Park and Mansion. Interesting California history.

Mount Diablo towers over the Sacramento Delta region, and is known for views that are unparralleled. The nearby town of Walnut Creek is a great shopping, dining and cultural destination.

Finally, for a taste of Old California Gold Rush days, check out Placerville and Jackson CA. A small town in between them, Sutter Creek, has real gold mine tours, guided, that use the modern day mining cars and transports. great fun. The whoe area is connected by Highway 49, named for the year 1849- the California Gold Rush Year. The town of Plymouth has a raveable restaurant- but I have not been, and the name escapes me.

All of the above are checkable on the web, and many with their own trip advisor sites for their towns.

Hve fun....and I hope you get a ot more replies here. dave

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Folsom is a 30 minute drive from Sacramento. There is the famous Prison you can see, and go to the museum/gift shop. There is a small zoo there you can get through in just an hour or so. A small historic district with 2 museums and a pony express stop (plus tons of restaurants and antique/boutique shopping). The American river and Folsom Lake and Dam might be fun to explore. You can rent kayaks at the nearby CSUS aquatic center. Folsom also has an outlet mall, and a brand new 'regular' mall, but it might not have much open by April except for the movie theatre. Folsom also has extensive bike trails, there's a bike shop in Old Folsom that I think will rent bikes for the day. You can get to Old Folsom, and the Outlet mall via light rail, but for the rest of it you'd need the car. I live in Folsom, so I am biased, but I do think it can be a cute/fun place to visit.

Besides that, you might like to visit Davis (take a tour of the UC campus to inspire the daughter?) Auburn and Nevada City are darling little gold rush towns along HWY 80. Up 50 is Placerville, another town with a cute historic strip. HWY 49 in Amador county is stunning, speckled with tiny little towns. You may even be in time for daffodil hill.http://ci.sutter-creek.ca.us/daffodilhill.html I don't really understand the draw, but who doesn't like flowers? There are a few cool caves you can explore out that way as well. http://www.caverntours.com/

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Before driving out of town, right in Sacramento, don't miss:

Old Town + Railroad Museum http://www.csrmf.org/

Sutter's Fort www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=485

State Capitol http://capitolmuseum.ca.gov/

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My daughter is 16 so I know how difficult it can be to keep them interested in something! You might take a day and drive the Hwy 49 area by Jackson and Sutter Creek, both gold mining towns with shopping and antique stores. Mels diner in Jackson is a good lunch stop. You might even head over to Black Chasm cave and take the 1 hour tour, it's quite interesting and teenagers always enjoy it.

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Check out the day trip suggestions on the Sacramento Visitor's Bureau web site (www.discovergold.com). Itineraries include activities like visiting Sequoia groves, wineries, Victorian era towns, preserved gold mining towns, orchards and several museums. There are 5 or so suggestions, I think....it would vary your explorations.

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There's a lot to be done in Sacramento and the surounding areas. The Crocker Art Museum is great. If you want to spend a day shopping head to Roseville, The Galleria Mall and The Fountains are big, nice and close to Sacramento. Old Sac is fun to walk around and it's right along the river so there are some great spots to just sit and enjoy the day. Folsom prison museum is neat, and the old downtown area of folsom is charming (although I think they've started road construction recently so it might not be too charming for the time being). The Folsom zoo is very small but they do have wolves and mountain lions that are neat to see. The Sacramento zoo is pretty small as well. There are a ton of bike trails around the area.

If you want to go for a drive why not head out to Marin County? Muir Woods, Sausalito, beautiful beaches and Mt. Tamalpais...it's a great place to visit and it's just north of SF. Davis, near the college is kind of fun to walk around. Berkeley has fun shops and people watching. Napa and Sonoma are beautiful but probably not too entertaining for a teenager (I should know I grew up there) but if your daughter loves nature/scenery then she'd probably get a kick out of all the vineyards.

Just to be helpful I thought I'd give you the names of a few places to eat in Sacramento: Tuli Bistro (www.tulibistro.com), Miyagi (www.miyagisushi.com), or Mikuni (www.mikunisushi.com), and Paesanos (www.paesanos.biz) , there are lots more but these are just a few of my favorites that aren't going to break the bank and that even the pickiest of teenagers will enjoy (the sushi places don't just serve sushi they have lots of yummy entrees).

Have a great time!

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