|The state capital
of California, Sacramento, is a bustling city of 500,000 people with a
metro area population of 2 million. The city was founded in 1839 by
John Sutter and grew in prominence due to the gold rush. Many of the
older buildings are preserved at the Old Sacramento Historic Area along
the Sacramento River. Sacramento sits in the middle of the Central
Valley of California about 30 miles west of the Sierra Nevada foothills
and about 90 miles from San Francisco. The winters are wet and the
summers are very dry and very hot, with high temperatures often at or
near 100 degrees. Sacramento has a lot of dog-friendly attractions and
things to do both in the city and within a few hours drive where you
can take a day trip and return to your accommodation in town.
There are many
dog-friendly hotels in Sacramento.
Downtown there is the Sheraton
Grand Sacramento Hotel next to the State Capitol and near all of the
government buildings and the dog-friendly Downtown Plaza Shopping
Center. There is the Hilton Sacramento Arden West next to Arden Fair
Mall (which is not dog-friendly). If you want to stay in
downtown Folsom the Lake Natoma Inn would be a great choice. This hotel
overlooks Lake Natoma and is on the 20 mile American River Trail. There
are also many other pet-friendly hotels in various parts of Sacramento,
Folsom, Rancho Cordova and Roseville. If you are planning to
camp while in the Sacramento area
there is the Sacramento
Metropolitan KOA just west of the city and a KOA about 30 miles east of
town on Highway 50 near Placerville. Cal Expo, the State Fairgrounds,
also has an RV Park if you are attended an event at the fairgrounds.
Small dogs that can be carried in a carrier are allowed on the RT buses
and light rail.
While in Sacramento any dog should be taken to Old
Sacramento Historic Area along
the river in downtown. This
dog-friendly area has shops, patio dining and historic buildings from
the 1860s. The Top Hand Ranch Carriage Rides that leave from here will
take your dog on their shorter tours of Old Sacramento or there longer
tours that go past the State Capitol and government center. You can
also take a self-guided walking tour of Capitol Park which surrounds
the California State Capitol. If you would like to wine taste in
Sacramento the Scibner Bend Vineyards are located at 9051 River Road.
There is lots more wine tasting about 1 hour out of town in El Dorado
and Amador Counties. This area has developed into a second Napa Valley.
Shopping in Sacramento with your pet is excellent, with the Downtown
Plaza Shopping Center for downtown shopping and in Folsom the
European style outdoor shopping environment with upscale stores and
patio dining. Day trips from Sacramento include a trip to Napa
Valley about 2 hours away and,
in the fall, a trip to
Apple Hill just past Placerville
to visit the apple farms in season.
Sacramento has a lot of dog-friendly
dining in most parts of town. It
should be easy to find an outdoor
patio which will welcome your dog. Downtown Plaza has the River City
Brewing Company and Johnny Rockets. Folsom's Palladio has a
number of excellent patio restaurants as well. Try Panera Bread, San
Francisco Sourdough, or Freebirds World Burrito.
exercise for you and your dog,
there is the American River Parkway
which weaves its way for 32 miles from downtown to Folsom Lake. This is
a bike and hiking trail. Please keep your dog on leash on the trail.
Folsom Lake State Rec Area surrounds Folsom Lake and the Folsom Dam.
Gibson Ranch Park is predominantly an equestrian park but leashed dogs
can share the trails with the horses. William Land Park, south of
downtown, houses the Sacramento Zoo (dogs not allowed in the
and lots of room to walk. A good place to walk is also Old Sacramento
as well as Old Town Folsom. Sacramento has quite a few off-leash
dog parks located in each part
of town and there seem to be more
each year. Most have fencing, water, benches and clean up stations and
many have separate areas for small dogs.
Nearby trips to Sacramento include the San Francisco Bay Area, Gold
Tahoe and Reno.