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Most of us think of hiking as a fair-weather endeavor, but this winter, the best—and safest—cure for your pandemic-induced cabin fever might just be an unseasonable expedition into the great outdoors. Luckily, our region’s topographical riches and relatively temperate temperatures (even in the dead of January) mean there’s something for every kind of cold-season walker, whether you’re an indoorsy urbanite jonesing for a riverside stroll, a history buff in search of a summit view, or an adventurous ambler looking for a snow day. To help us answer the call of the wild, Sactown’s resident hiking expert has rounded up a dectet of soul-warming treks around town. Now’s the perfect time to walk a mile (or 2 or 10) in her shoes.
Physical distancing takes on a whole new meaning with this update of our 2014 guide to 10 great bike trails around the region. Whether you’re looking for a two-wheeled version of a lazy stroll or the pedaling equivalent of climbing Everest, we’ve got your sweet spring ride mapped out, from an 8-mile sunset trek along the Sacramento River to an 11-mile roller-coaster adventure in Auburn and a 26-mile pastoral journey through Yolo farmland. So go ahead, turn the page, and take yourself out for a spin.
It's summertime in Sacramento and the living is easy—except when Mother Nature cranks up our city's thermostat. If you can't stand the heat, it's time to get out of town. From clear-bottom kayaking in Tahoe to a waterfall-filled hike in Marin and an ocean safari in Monterey, we've got 18 ways to keep your cool right now.
Want to get away without going away? Whether you dream of a house on the water, long for the simple pleasures of farming life, wish to be whisked to Middle-earth, or yen for some Zen, we've got the perfect Airbnb abode for the ultimate staycation. So go ahead, relax—in a Hollywood-worthy country cottage or an opulent Mongolian yurt—and make yourself at home.
If you think you know Napa and Sonoma, think again. We’ve got the skinny on the region’s newest hot spots (and updates on a few old favorites), just in time to celebrate the harvest season.
Thanks to the swiftly melting snowpack of the High Sierras, the American River is once again bursting with whitewater rapids. We’ve got the lowdown on the splashiest summertime rafting trips in the region, whether you are wet behind the ears or ready to dive right in.
Looking to escape the heat? Big Blue has you covered—and so do we. From zip lining through trees to roller skating at 8,200 feet, and from stargazing to sunset cruises, we’ve got 50 fun things to do, see, eat and drink in Lake Tahoe right now. Dive in!
Forget Paris—or Point Reyes. From wine tasting in Suisun Valley to eating America’s best burger in Truckee, if you want to get away from both your normal routine and the crowds, we’ve got secret worlds in Northern California for you to discover this summer. Adventure is out there—hide and go seek.
The heat has died down and the crowds have thinned out—fall is the perfect time to tackle our region’s stunning trails. So we’ve tracked down 10 of the absolute best—from scenic strolls to challenging treks—all close to home. Now go take a hike!
With exotic flowers, oysters on ice and romantic sunset views, now’s the perfect time to visit San Francisco for a lovely (and lusty) weekend.
Big cities are fun, but small towns have big advantages, too. Think beach picnics with freshly shucked oysters and crisp regional wines; corn buttermilk pancakes in a mountain cottage; or waking up to the sound of seagulls. Let’s get small!
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