It's no secret that San Francisco is a bicycle-friendly town. Numerous bike routes -- ranging from flat coastal stretches to leg-trembling hills -- wind through the city and out across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin, offering riders a variety of scenic trips.
Sacramento is a city rich in history, dating back to California's Gold Rush roots. Evidence of the city's influential past as an agricultural, commercial, and urban hub can still be found today in the modern downtown area, even beyond the noted landmarks.
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.
The Bay Area may be famous for its cool, foggy summers, but in Sacramento the sun shines bright -- and hot -- throughout the season. So, if you're missing the feel of a "real" summer, then pack your bag and head out to California's Gold Country. Even though Sacramento is far from the cold blue of the Pacific, it's a prime jumping-off point to one of California's most popular recreational waterways: the American River.
Ciclovia, or "bike path" in Spanish, is an event that originated in Colombia. Every Sunday, more than 70 miles of roads are closed to cars and 1.5 million runners, walkers, skaters, and cyclists hit the streets. Last year, San Francisco brought Ciclovia to the city, closing off selected roads on two Sundays. The events were a big success, drawing 30,000 people.