The American River is known for both fly fishing and whitewater rafting.
While a scenic drive through the foothills is lovely, it’s harder to find a place to spend the night in Gold Country, which makes Rancho Cordova a preferred basecamp for folks from out of town who are looking to explore the wineries of El Dorado County, Amador County, and nearby Lodi. Located just about 30 minutes from the Sacramento airport and right off Highway 50, Rancho Cordova is easy to access and perfectly positioned to accommodate wine enthusiasts looking to explore the region.
With several waterways nearby and more than 40 miles of bike trails and running paths, Rancho Cordova is a great base camp for visitors who enjoy spending time outside. In between wine tastings and eating out, travelers to the region can learn to sail or go for a stand-up paddle at the California State University of Sacramento’s Aquatic Center or explore the nearby 32-mile American River Bike Trail. Hagan Community Park, the largest park in Rancho Cordova, is a great place to barbecue, play Frisbee with your dogs, or take kids to one of three playgrounds.
Regardless of which winery or what route you take to explore the world-class wine region surrounding Rancho Cordova, the area has plenty to offer any budding sommelier.
Written by Jill Sanford for RootsRated Media in partnership with Rancho Cordova Travel and Tourism.
Featured image provided by David Spencer