Effie Yeaw Nature Center is made up of low rolling hills on the banks of the bubbling American River. In addition to the Maidu village (an outdoor display of local Native American culture, including a grinding rock), the park offers nature talks with resident animal experts on weekends and is home to plenty of hiking trails that lead down to the river where, in fall months, you may see salmon returning to spawn. No matter the season, you’re sure to spot deer, woodpeckers and wild turkeys. Keep an eye open for the rattlesnakes that occasionally lounge in the sun on the trails.
As California’s capital, Sacramento earned its status as a place of importance (ranking up there with Los Angeles and San Francisco) a long time ago. But now, with quirky revitalized districts, a growing art community, stunning hotels and a bona fide restaurant and bar scene, the city has come into its own as a true travel destination. Surrounded by some of the state’s most productive agricultural regions, Sacramento is officially a must-visit—so here are the best things to do in Sacramento right now.
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