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.

Rafting adventures await along 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.

"Sunday Streets" events return to San Francisco this summer

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.