Ideal Weekend Road Trips When You Need To Stay Close To Home

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While California is leading the way during the COVID-19 crisis, shelter-in-place orders have put a damper on vacation travel plans. But don’t worry! The Sacramento region is central to all sorts of our state’s gorgeous natural beauty. Keep reading for a list of ideal weekend road trip locations when you need to stay close to home.

Turtle Bay’s McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Located in sunny Redding, California, Turtle Bay’s McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a short two and a half-hour drive north of Sacramento. Though Turtle Bay Exploration Park is closed due to COVID-19, their McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are still open! The Arboretum is over 200 acres covered in trees and plants native to Northern California, including a one-mile walking trail loop linked to the award-winning Sacramento River Trail. The Botanical Gardens is a 25-acre Mediterranean-climate display garden perfect for people of all ages. For nature lovers with little ones, Turtle Bay’s McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are for you!

El Dorado National Forest

Located just west of Sacramento in El Dorado County lies El Dorado National Forest. Ideal for those who want to escape the busy urban lifestyle, this national forest is a quick one hour drive from Sacramento. Hiking, fishing, and camping are all encouraged, and it’s a perfect place for picnics. Whether you want to get away for the day or want to spend a little longer and camp, this is an easy drive that the whole family will love.

Shasta-Trinity National Forest

For those looking for a road trip full of the best hiking trails, look no further than a road trip to the trails at Shasta-Trinity National Forest! Though the day-use areas and campgrounds are currently closed due to COVID-19, the general forest areas and trails running around Mt. Shasta are still open to the public. If you love nature but don’t necessarily want to hike through it, there are also three nationally designated scenic byways to drive through. The park also hosts two lakes to enjoy, which are great fun for watersports and lazing the day away on the beach.

Bodega Bay

Located on the Sonoma coast, the small town of Bodega Bay is best known as the setting for Alfred Hitchcock’s horror film The Birds. Contrary to that role, Bodega Bay is a prime road trip location filled with sunny beaches, fantastic cuisine, and beautiful coastal scenery. A quick two-hour drive east of Sacramento will bring you to where the rolling California hills meet its beaches. A visit to this sleepy seaside town is the perfect scene for a relaxing day of family fun.

With COVID-19 still on everyone’s minds, these road trip locations are close enough to enjoy a day away and even get home to sleep in your bed that night. Kniesel’s Auto Service Centers encourages everyone to follow local and state shelter-in-place guidelines and practice social distancing. Additionally, before you head out on your next road trip, make sure to do your research! Check the availability of all recreation locations listed, as various areas may or may not continue to remain open for public use.

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