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Small Towns: Georgetown

Take a drive through the hills and into the pines to this little brick-laden Gold Rush town located on The Divide, a spot of...
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Road Trip: Carmel With Kids

Since it is starting to heat up here in the Sacramento Valley, our family decided to cool off a bit last weekend. We headed...

Small Towns: Coloma

The American River flows beside this historic site, beneath a narrow automobile and foot bridge, skirting the spot where it all began for these...
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Small Towns: Placerville

One of the larger small towns in the foothills, Placerville is bisected by Highway 50, a rest stop for travelers between Sacramento and South...
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Small Towns: Loomis

Among the fruit murals of Loomis, plenty of spots are open for a bite, mostly on Taylor Road.Reds Bistro—Open for dinner, Red’s partners with...
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Small Towns: Colfax

This rural town, along the route of the Central Pacific Railroad (the western portion of the first transcontinental railroad) and now an Amtrak stop,...
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Small Towns: Newcastle

Unless you’re there to pick mandarins in winter or taste wine out along the Placer Wine Trail, a visit to Newcastle revolves mostly around...
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Small Towns: Auburn

Just 33 miles from Sacramento, Auburn’s Old Town comprises a couple of streets anchored by the gorgeous courthouse (and a candy-striped firehouse with a...

Small Towns: Downieville

About an hour’s drive beyond Nevada City, Downieville sits deep in at the confluence of the Yuba and Downie rivers. Two bridges—the Durgan and...