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Old 06-17-2013, 11:15 AM
 
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Drives down Highway 160 into the little towns of the Delta like Locke, Isleton, Walnut Grove, Clarksburg and Courtland. Ride a historic streetcar at the Western Railway Museum on Highway 12 between Rio Vista and Fairfield. Check out the Gold Country mining towns like Auburn, Placerville and Coloma, or Nevada City. All the fleshy delights of San Francisco Bay are within 100 miles or so, personally I prefer to take the Capitol Corridor trains in order to avoid the most repulsive part of visiting the Bay Area, driving through Bay Area traffic.
I totally agree that traffic and parking can easily turn what should be an awesome place to visit into a frustrating, expensive experience. The train is a delight, but I'll add that if the Cap Corridor train doesn't fit your schedule (or if you're carpooling and it ends up cheaper to drive), the ferry from Vallejo is a good option if you want the experience and you're flexible. Even cheaper, parking at BART terminals is generally free/super cheap over the weekend.
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Old 06-17-2013, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Oroville, CA
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Lake Oroville, Feather Falls and Bald Rock are good places to visit.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:55 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Keep the ideas coming lots of mention of places we wouldn't have been aware of....Going to be over there in late July, certainly gives us some things to consider doing over a 4 day stay

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Old 06-19-2013, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Amtrak to Martinez antiques street fair. Station is right in downtown Martinez, lets you off right in the middle of the fair.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Picnic Day in Davis. Free and so much fun! Amtrak also stops right in downtown Davis, and you can go to the pancake breakfast and watch the parade downtown, then an easy walk to UC Davis for picnic day events. Happens in April.

Rodeo in Folsom.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:01 PM
 
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From my experience the best way to get from the sf bay area to sac is by megabus
Sf (by att park) to old town sacramento or vice versa in ninety minutes for under ten bucks! Air conditioning and wifi on board!
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:59 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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A little off my own OP topic...but how many weeks or months in summer do you need A/C? Here in NM its about 3-4 months in evenings, so we'd love it if it was less in Sac.....
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:27 PM
 
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All of them.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Folsom
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A/C? Depends on your heat tolerance. I turn mine on with the inside temp hits 80. So far this year, our summer temps are lower than normal. It's been beautiful.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:35 AM
 
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Depends on your house as well. The construction of a house, how shaded it is, etc. can make a huge difference in HVAC energy needs. It's kind of unbelievable.
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