36 miles – Lodi is the perfect destination for a wine-themed Sacramento road trip. Lodi is a significant contributor to California’s wine industry, producing nearly 20 percent of the state’s wine grapes. If wine tasting is not your thing there is plenty to do and see in the town’s historic downtown district.
45 miles – Initially called Dry Diggins, Placerville was later called “Hangtown,” because it was one of the first places where justice was carried out at the end of a rope when outlaws took what they wanted. Today a dummy of a man hangs from the second floor, and there is a tree stump hidden in the cellar of the Hangman’s Tree bar, a historic spot on Main Street that marks the spot of many of the town’s hangings. Historic buildings, museums, gold mine tours.
50 miles – Apple Hill is a popular destination during the fall harvest. Apple Hill is sure to delight adults and kids. Visitors will unanimously agree that it’s an inexpensive family destination. Apple Hill is one of the most popular Sacramento road trips on this list. One that should be taken every year.
44 miles – The Sacramento Delta is a great road trip destination from the Sacramento area. There are, literally, hundreds of things that you can do at the Delta. A good driving loop of the major historic areas in the Delta, this route is a great way to see the sites. You will start in Rio Vista and head north and make a large clockwise loop.
60 miles – Nevada is a perfect destination to learn about history. Nevada City got its start during the gold rush and is rich in history from that time. There are several points of interest that are on the National Register of Historic Places.
62 miles – This Sacramento road trip takes you into the heart of California’s Gold Country. Empire Mine State Historic Park an 853-acre state historic park situated in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Historic buildings are frozen in time for visitors to see and explore.
73 miles – The Napa Valley Wine train Travels along highway 29 on its 3-hour-long round-trip between Napa and St. Helena. The railroad’s track is part of the what was originally the Napa Valley Railroad founded by early California pioneer Samuel Brannan in 1864.
80 miles – The Sonoma Valley is where rich history and modern pleasures collide. This Sacramento Road trip is perfect for a weekend getaway. Anchoring the 17-mile-long valley to the south, the town of Sonoma makes a good base for exploring the Sonoma Valley.
88 miles – Located in the upper Napa Valley Old Faithful Geyser is a wonderful stop for both kids and adults. About every thirty minutes or so this geyser shoots a stream of scalding steam up to 75 feet into the air. If you are visiting Nappa Valley with kids Old Faithful Geyser is a must see.
90 miles – This San Francisco attraction makes a great destination for a family road trip. Major venues and exhibits at the Academy include the Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, a four-story rainforest.
93 miles – California’s past still lives in Jamestown 1897 State Historic Park. Formerly a California Gold Rush town, Jamestown is now a California Historical Landmark. The town’s main attraction — Railtown 1897. Jump aboard authentic steam and diesel locomotives. Enjoy a six-mile, 40-minute roundtrip ride through the scenic Sierra Nevada foothills.
93 miles – Columbia State Historic Park appears frozen in time, as one of the best-preserved towns of the mid-19th Century. Columbia especially seems to capture the hearts of children of all ages. Pan for gold, ride a 100-year old stagecoach or grab a homemade sugar treat at the Columbia Candy Kitchen.
98 miles – Located near the visitor center, a trail leads about 200 yards out to the Donner Party’s Murphy family cabin site and Pioneer Monument. The 22-foot high base of the monument represents the height of the snow during that tragic winter of 1846.
98 miles – Safari West African Wildlife Tours guests can take a three-hour tour led by an experienced guide. You climb aboard a Safari truck and head out onto the bumpy roads of the preserve. This road trip lets you take an African safari without the danger of being charged by wild animals.
15. Mount Tamalpais
101 miles – Mount Tam attracts hikers, bikers, equestrians, trail runners and other outdoor enthusiasts from throughout Northern California. Deep canyons filled with redwood groves mesh against sunny slopes that create a diverse environment for a wide array of plant and animal species.
102 miles – Clear Lake State Park is a popular destination to enjoy fishing, hiking or boating. For those interested in activities that do not involve quite so much of the great outdoors, the Clear Lake area also boasts about 30 wineries. Many of these vineyards offer tasting rooms and some even provide tours of their facilities.
103 miles – The San Francisco Zoo is divided into regions. Highlights include a world-renowned lemur forest for five endangered species of lemurs from Madagascar. An Australian exhibit with kangaroos and wallaroos. And one of the most popular exhibits a large breeding colony of Magellanic penguins.
112 miles – While the town may have a reputation for being especially popular with gay people, there is plenty for everyone to see and do. Hike through the spectacular Armstrong Redwood State Reserve, or kayak down the Russian River as it winds its way through the valley.
112 miles – Tahoe City provides travelers with a perfect getaway during any season. With summer temperatures of up to 75 degrees, visitors can enjoy the lake’s clear blue waters and numerous hiking trails. For those seeking a winter wonderland adventure, Tahoe City is the gateway to some of the best ski resorts in the world.
120 miles – Endless miles of pristine beaches to explore, fresh seafood and beautiful coastal scenery. Bodega Bay is perfect for romantic weekend or a family road trip. The drive takes travelers through rolling hills and tranquil family-run dairy farms before coming to a turn where the ocean comes into view.
123 miles – Established in 1959, the 553-acre park possesses hot spring water contained in a pool, built in the 1950s. On cold winter’s day, visitors can sit back and relax in the hot greenish color waters that refract the mineral deposits on the bottom of the pool.
132 miles – Once a Russian settlement from the mid-1800s that served as a base for northern Pacific. Historic buildings and museum. Fort Ross State Park offers picnic facilities and a campground. Picnic tables are located near the visitor and at nearby Sandy Cove beach.
137 miles – Two hours from Sacramento, Emerald Bay State Park preserves one of the loveliest and most photographed areas of Lake Tahoe. Emerald Bay has several unique attractions including Vikingsholm, a 38 room mansion built in 1928.
147 miles – Santa Cruz County offers a wide range of attractions perfect for a weekend outing. The number one attraction is the number one attraction is the Beach Boardwalk an old-time seaside amusement park. Home to the Giant Dipper. one of the oldest roller coasters in the U.S.
161 miles – Located on the Sacramento River in Redding California, the park occupies over three hundred of acres of prime, and very pretty, real estate. The parks’ signature attraction is the Sundial Bridge. The bridge links the north and south sides of the park and is in fact, a working sundial.
173 miles – Point Arena Lighthouse offers an off the beaten path experience. Visitors can enjoy the lighthouse museum, which documents the history of the lighthouse. The centerpiece of the lighthouse is the beautiful Fresnel lens that used to be up in the lighthouse.
183 miles – Pinnacles National Park is nation’s newest national park. The park is divided into the east end west entrances by the rock formations and connected by a system of trails that access both the park’s numerous caves and peaks.