Welcome to Sacramento Valley
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 snakes south across grassy plains and orchards before skirting the state capital, fanning across the Delta and draining into San Francisco Bay. The valley is most beautiful in the bloom of spring. The shaded gardens and stately homes of Sacramento and its progressive neighbor, Davis, offer friendly respites from the blistering summer sun. If you're driving through the region on the way to one of California's marquee attractions, make time for a pit stop in Sacramento, which has a surprisingly vibrant food and beer scene.