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Day Trips

Jul 01, 2014 05:26PM ● By Megan Wiskus
Itching for a change of scenery? A day away to one of our region’s hidden hamlets may be just the answer. Fill the tank, make a playlist and hit the road to one of these 10 often overlooked but never disappointing destinations. 

  1. Ione. Visit the historic (and haunted!) Preston Castle, take to the links at Castle Oaks or go fish at Lake Camanche.

  2. Locke Historic District. Built by Chinese immigrants during the early 20th century, don’t miss touring Dai Loy Museum and Locke Chinese School, or dining at Locke Garden Restaurant.

  3. Jackson. Stroll historic Main Street (download a printable walking tour map at, explore Kennedy Gold Mine or get lucky at Jackson Rancheria.

  4. Winters. It may be summer, but Winters is calling! Eat and drink your way through the three-block downtown, tour the town’s historic homes or hike Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve.

  5. Fairfield. Both Anheuser-Busch Brewery and Jelly Belly Candy Co. offer daily tours and tastings aplenty. Cheers to that!   

  6. Nevada City. This picturesque Gold Rush town offers more than just history. Hiking, biking, wine tasting and restaurants galore are all readily accessible.

  7. Napa Valley. Hop on the Napa Valley Wine Train for a leisurely three-hour journey filled with spectacular scenery, seasonal cuisine and, of course, wine.

  8. Chico. From touring the Sierra Nevada Brewery to exploring the 3,670-acre Bidwell Park and bustling downtown, there’s an activity for all. 

  9. Angels Camp. Adrenaline junkies will want to follow the signs to Moaning Cavern for a 165-foot rappel down the cave and into the main chamber.

  10. Auburn. Cool off at Upper Lake Clementine, hike Hidden Falls Regional Park or try Knee Deep Brewing Company’s hop-tastic beers.