Introducing Sacramento Valley
The labyrinth of waterways that makes up the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta feeds the San Francisco Bay and divides the Central Valley in half, with the Sacramento Valley in the north and the San Joaquin Valley in the south.
The Sacramento River, California’s largest, rushes out of the northern mountains from Shasta Lake before hitting the Sacramento Valley basin above Red Bluff. It then snakes south across grassy plains and orchards before lazily skirting the state capital, fanning across the Delta and draining into the San Francisco Bay. The valley is at its most beautiful in the bloom of spring. The shaded gardens and stately homes of Sacramento, the state capital, and its progressive neighbor, the college town of Davis, offer friendly respites from the sun in the summer.