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Sacramento City Trip - Great Outdoors

Sutter's Fort State Historic Park
Sutter's Fort State Historic Park

SACRAMENTO DAY 3: Outdoor Adventures, American River, Wine Tasting

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On day three, it's time to conquer the great outdoors. Sacramento's mild weather makes it an outdoor enthusiast's dream — biking, hiking, rafting, boating and other activities are a regular part of life for Sacramentans. But first, fuel up with a hearty, inexpensive meal at a local favorite: Orphan Breakfast House. This neighborhood gem features an eclectic menu; popular items include the banana blackberry pancakes and soy chorizo scramble.

After breakfast, consult your map and point yourself in the direction of the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail. Better known as the American River Bike Trail, this 23-mile-long paved, multi-use parkway stretches from Old Sacramento to Folsom Lake. Rent a bicycle and pick up a courtesy map at City Bicycle Works, a quick ride from the trail's western access point. If biking isn't your thing, no worries; the American River Bike Trail is great for just taking a leisurely stroll and enjoying the scenery.

American Whitewater Expeditions offer rafting trips near Sacramento
American Whitewater Expeditions

Sacramento's location at the conflux of the Sacramento and American rivers makes it an ideal choice for water enthusiasts as well — it isn't called the River City for nothing. Beat the summer heat by taking a rafting trip down the American. A number of companies offer trips suiting every skill level. A good bet for beginners is American River Raft Rentals, while the more adventurous can try American Whitewater Expeditions further upstream.

Back in town enjoy a much-needed lunch break at Zocalo, a midtown favorite for regional Mexican cuisine. Enjoy the sunshine on the outdoor patio while sipping a specialty cocktail, such as the Oaxacan old fashioned or caipirinha, and share several small plates, such as the beef empanadas or chorizo queso.

Wine connoisseurs will be pleasantly surprised by what Sacramento has to offer. Not only is it less than an hour from the Amador and El Dorado wine growing regions, it is also home to several wineries of its own. Revolution Wines offers tasting and small plates in its bistro, open Tuesday through Sunday, while Rail Bridge Cellars offers tastings by appointment, and hosts special events throughout the year.

Enotria Restaurant & Wine Bar in Sacramento
Enotria Restaurant & Wine Bar

Today would also be a perfect day to pick up some souvenirs before your trip home. Sacramento is home to several world-class shopping centers and hundreds of one-of-a-kind boutiques. For high-end fashion, the outdoor Pavilions mall features designer fashions, home furnishings, gourmet cookware and an array specialty shops. The midtown area is home to dozens of independent boutiques selling designer clothing, vintage goods, handmade jewelry, imported gifts and local art.

For dinner, head to East Sacramento for Formoli's Bistro, featuring traditional American food with a gourmet twist; the whiskey burger is said to be one of the best burgers in town.

For more information, visit the Sacramento Tourism Board at www.discovergold.org

  
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* Sutter's Fort State Historic Park image by Lee Foster, courtesy of Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau

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