Living big in California's state capital is easy with the growing food, wine, and beer scene, mild winters, plenty of waterways, and the west side of the Sierra Nevada mountains just two hours away. Here is StorQuest's list of how to make sure your days are full of inspiring adventures.
1) Reserve Your Spot for the Great American Triathlon
A Sacramento original, the Great American Triathlon carries on the tradition of the Great Race (billed as the world's oldest triathlon). Of course, having a training goal is always a good idea and something to keep you motivated to get your miles in on a weekly basis. But training for three disciplines makes it even more appealing. For this race, there's a twist – competitors run, bike, and kayak.
2) Raft the American River
Sacramento is home to two great rivers – the Sacramento River, which empties into the San Francisco Bay, and the American River, which meets up with the Sacramento River in downtown. While the Sacramento River is mighty and flat, the American River is a whitewater hot spot. Raft it as part of an exciting half-day feat through Class III runs and falls, or float it as a longer, overnight excursion through jaw-dropping canyons carved by the river itself.
3) Explore Eldorado National Forest
In less than two hours, you'll find yourself in the Sierra Nevada mountains – that awe-inspiring spine of mountains that separates Eastern California from the west. The Eldorado National Forest is defined by miles of fishable rivers, hundreds of lakes for paddle adventures, and plenty of hiking trails to get your nature on. While there are plenty of high points to take in the view, a hike on the Little Round Top trail will get you away from the crowds, provide an epic workout, and deliver a stunning look at the Sierra mountains.
4) Ride the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail
The thing about Sacramento is that you don't have to sneak out of town to find a challenging workout or epic adventure. The city has plenty of places to experience the landscape, including the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail (also known as the American River Parkway), which slices through downtown as it traces the sweeping curves of the American River. You can spin your legs along 32 miles of paved cycling trail.
5) Visit Historic Truckee
Historic downtown Truckee is only two hours from downtown Sacramento but feels a world away. Incredible adventures seem to be around every corner in a place that has a reputation for being awesome. Run or ride miles of paved trail along the Truckee River, practice your swing at links with big mountain views, or enjoy the laid-back vibe with a stroll through downtown.
6) Celebrate Adventure in South Lake Tahoe
Planning a day of awesome is easy in South Lake Tahoe. A stunning drive of Highway 50 drops you right in the center of the action in just two hours. Here, every adventure is possible. In warmer months, paddle Lake Tahoe's crystal clear waters, hike scenic trails that offer inspiring views of Emerald Bay, and cycle epic routes and single-track that deliver heart-pounding climbs and descents. When winter rolls around, shred Heavenly Ski Resort's slopes or take to foot with a quiet snowshoe in the forest right from town.
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