We know, we know, you're traveling all this way JUST for our wedding -- what else could you possibly need to fill your time?
Totally joking. We want you to have a great experience while you're here, so we've put together a list of fun stuff to do in the area. Aren't we just so helpful?
But before we get to any of that...
Out-of-staters: Eat at In-n-Out Burger while you're here. Don't question us; just do it. The two closest to Sacramento are at 3501 Truxel Rd, Sacramento, CA, and 780 Ikea Ct., West Sacramento, CA. They have a secret menu (official and unofficial), which you should consult before you go, but probably you should just order whatever you get animal style. Also, order the fries. You'll find them weird at first, but you won't be able to stop thinking about them after you get home. Molly doesn't eat red meat, so she always orders a grilled cheese, animal style. It's amazing. You're welcome for the suggestion. :)
On with the show!
OLD TOWN SACRAMENTO - http://oldsacramento.com/
Check out the Old Town website for information on the Train Museum (although the caveat must be given that the last time Molly went there she was in high school, this is actually pretty great, believe it or not), River Cruises, Shopping and Dining.
SACRAMENTO - http://www.discovergold.org/
The "things to do" page in the visitors section of this site has a ton of information. Having grown up near Sacramento, Molly cannot objectively give you advice on fun activities, as we believe it is genetically programmed into every person to think the town they're from is bland. :)
LAKE TAHOE - http://www.visitinglaketahoe.com/
The lake is a two-hour drive east of Sacramento. And all we'll say is that there's a reason most everyone in the country knows about it. It's beautiful. Plus, half of it is in Nevada, so... Gambling! If you're into that sort of thing, of course.
SAN FRANCISCO - http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/
We live here, so obviously we like it (understatement). San Francisco is just one and a half hours away from Sacramento and is NEVER short of things to do. There's SF MOMA, Pier 39, Union Square (Hello, shopping!), Alcatraz, or you could drive up to our neighborhood, Twin Peaks, for a gorgeous view (assuming it's not foggy, of course!). Just bring a coat; it's always roughly 10°-15° cooler here.
Oh, and if you're feeling adventurous and want to hunt down one of SF's fabled food trucks (Glen recommends Curry Up Now), these two websites can help you: http://www.foodtrucksmap.com/sf/ + http://roaminghunger.com/sf
YOSEMITE - http://www.yosemitepark.com/
We have no words for this place. It's so darn fabulous that it was one of the locations Molly took Glen when he came to visit California for the first time. If you can manage to make the three and a half hour drive to the park (and pay $20 entrance fee), you'll not regret it -- even if you just spend a day. But if you want to STAY here, book as early as you can; everything fills up fast.
NAPA AND SONOMA - http://www.winecountry.com/ + http://www.napasonoma.com/ + http://napavalley.com/
Wine country is just an hour's drive from Sacramento and wine lovers know there's no better place to visit. Molly's only been there to shoot weddings, but she still recommends it. And those of you in the mood for tasting your days away can even rent chauffeurs to take you from winery to winery. Bottoms up!
And if you want to venture a little farther...
This is obviously a pretty broad list of places (and their respective activities), but if you want or need more specific suggestions of places to go or things to do, please just ask us!