Somewhere to stop between San Francisco and South Lake Tahoe
Replies: 8 - Last Post: May 13, 2012 11:23 AM Last Post By: mylittlenomads
May 10, 2012 3:07 AM
Somewhere to stop between San Francisco and South Lake TahoeWe are a family of 5 trying to plan driving holiday in January after skiing Tahoe. Have realised weather will make it too hard to visit Las Vegas/Grand Canyon, so is there anywhere worth stopping for a night and a good museum (dinosaurs??) along Highway 50 on the way back to SFO. Is Sacramento worth seeing/overnighting in??
May 10, 2012 3:22 AM
May 10, 2012 3:35 AM
May 10, 2012 7:01 AM
3You can spend time in the historic district of Old Sacramento. Part of it is actually a state park. The Railroad Museum is definitely worth a visit. The Sacramento History Museum has a lot about the California Gold Rush.
If you want, you can spend the night on an old paddlewheel steamboat that has been converted to a hotel. Delta King
Elsewhere in Sacramento, there is the State Capitol and Sutter's Fort. Sutter's Fort is interesting, but is best done when it's not raining.
If you enjoy art, the Crocker Art Museum has been recently enlarged and has a great collection. In January, you will be able to see an exhibit of the art of Norman Rockwell--something truly American.
The number and quality of restaurants in Sacramento has gone way up in recent years, so you wouldn't have to worry that you'd have to eat at McDonalds.
Sorry, no dinosaurs, unless you count some of the people who hang out in the State Capitol.
May 10, 2012 8:50 AM
4Some great tips above. I lived in Sacramento and enjoy returning to visit. The state railroad museum in Old Sacramento is definitely not just for train buffs. We enjoyed our recent stay at Le Rivage hotel, along the Sacramento River south of Old Sacramento, but there are also some nice hotels downtown, and you can sometimes get good deals through Hotwire or Priceline.
There are also lots of scenic, historic towns in the Sierra foothills below Tahoe. Nevada City, Sutter Crrek, Amador City and others would make quite enjoyable stays, and the road that low usually isn't adversely affected by snow, though it can happen in some places. Lots of hotels and B&Bs.
If you go to Sacramento,you could consider driving along the Sacramento River delta to get back to SF, through towns like Locke (orignally a Chinese settlement; small historic center largely preserved, at least on our last visit), Rio Vista and Pittsburg (no "h").
May 10, 2012 3:05 PM
5Sacramento it is then. The Paddle wheel hotel and gold rush history sound perfect. Thanks fellas. Check out Australia Thorn Tree for a good laugh at the comments there. Some very funny argy bargy.
May 10, 2012 3:08 PM
May 10, 2012 3:20 PM
Check out the museum and Al the Wop's. Al's is rather indescribable. A sort of dive bar, but you can bring Grandma or the kiddies. It got its name way back when an Italian guy showed up in this Chinese town. It was renamed "Al's Place" i a fit of political correctness, but everyone still calls it Al the Wop's. The food, is, ah, variable--stick with the steak sandwich. Said steak will come with a jar of peanut butter. Don't ask just slather it on.
Nevada City/Grass Valley. Great paces for a Gold Country overnight. If the weather is decent, spend a few hours at the Empire MIne state park Guided tours available.
May 13, 2012 11:23 AM
8I'd do the Railroad museum in Sacramento and then spend the night in Davis which is a fun college town and nice to walk around.
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