The weather has been good.... time to gas up and hit the road. My top five road trips, and suggested mode of travel.
*By convertible. Mendocino. Take Hwy 101 North to Hwy 20 West. The ride through the redwoods in a convertible on Hwy 20 is amazing. I did it a few years back in my then '69 Alfa Romeo Duetto. You spend the whole time shaded and looking straight up at the redwoods.The ride ends right on the Pacific ocean completing an amazing scenic journey. Gotta do this with the top down! Stay at one of the coastal inns and make sure you hit downtown Mendocino for a coldie at Dicks bar. Reccomend 2-3 nights stay.
*By Motorcycle. Sutter Creek/Drytown. Head out to either stop via Highway 49 or Highway 16. It's a smooth ride either route and at the end, pause for some refreshment at my all time favorite roadhouse...the Drytown Club. Continue into downtown Sutter Creek and park your ride at one of the B and B's where you'll stay. You can walk around the antique shops, dine and hang out without getting back on the bike 'till you roll out of town the next day. Hit the National Hotel in Jackson for a fancy dinner. Reccomend 1-2 nights stay.
*By car. Santa Cruz. It's the coolest beach town within a reasonable drive, especially if you have kids. The combo of beach, seafood, the Wharf, watching surfers and going to the Boardwalk gives us lots of options to keep three kids from saying "i'm borrrrrred". Reccomend at least three days stay.
*By RV. So many options. Our family always hits Sly Park/Jenkinson Lake. It's close to Sacramento, as is both Collins and Rollins Lakes. We've done some KOA sites...and looking forward to trying some KOA's on the coast which come highly regarded. Reccomend two nights.
*By any motor means. The River Road south. One of my favorite quicky motorcycle/car trips from Sacramento. I-5 south and get off at Hood-Franklin and ride alongside the river all the way to wherever. Awesome on a summer day to cool down. Head south to Locke (Al's Place), Walnut Grove (Giusti's) or the Ryde Hotel.
The Ryde is a fun overnight as long as it's not too hot. You can start this ride actually with a stop at the Club Pheasant in West Sac and head down the river on that side.
Those are my top five getaways, what are yours?