There's still time for fun in the Sacramento sun at Lake Natoma

Sacramentans know that summer weather doesn't end until Halloween. That means while visiting Sacramento this fall there's still plenty of time to pretend it's July. One of the best ways to extend your holiday is to visit a favorite local spot -- Lake Natoma, where the Nimbus Dam helps with flood control and salmon come to spawn. On a hot summer day, the water is calm and cool, a perfect place for practicing your kayaking, rowing, or sailing skills.

San Francisco Hostels offer day trips to Wine Country, Yosemite, and more

One of the things that makes San Francisco such an amazing destination is just how close it is to some of California's natural treasures. Within only a few hours drive you can find yourself in Wine Country, Yosemite National Park, Muir Woods National Monument, or on the banks of the American River.