From Capital to Tahoe. (Special Advertising Feature)

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From Capital to Tahoe. (Special Advertising Feature)


Visitors will encounter numerous scenic and historical attractions on this trip, including majestic Lake Tahoe, historic Nevada City, and tasty Apple Hill.

* Driving distance: 300mi/489km

* Suggested time: several days

SACRAMENTO. Explore Old Sacramento SHP, the largest collection of Gold Rush-era buildings west of the Mississippi, or the incomparable California State Railroad Museum. Then tour the restored State Capitol and the new World Peace Rose Garden. Head east on Hwy. 50 to...

FOLSOM (22mi/35km). Historic Old Folsom is an antique collector's dream. Nearby is the 18,000-acre Folsom Lake SEA, with camping, fishing, and boating facilities. Continue on to...

SHINGLE SPRINGS (l6mi/26km). You can still see the brick walls of the shingle mill built here in 1849; the spring flowing under it is the other reason for the town's name. Continue on to...

PLACERVILLE (9mi/l4km). Rustic buildings and narrow streets give Placerville a 19th-century look. Turn north on Hwy. 49 to...

COLOMA (7mi/l1km). In 1848, James Marshall found the first gold in California here while erecting a sawmill for Captain John Sutter. Return to Placerville, and drive east on Hwy. 50 to...

CAMINO (8mi/l3km). Camino originated as the Seven Mile Station on the Placerville-Lake Tahoe state route. Watch for the turnoff to...

APPLE HILL (2mi/3km). Apple harvest season begins in early September, when many growers open their farms to the public. Continue east on Hwy. 50 to...

POLLOCK PINES (5mi/8km). From here to Echo Summit, you'll pass several entrances to Desolation Wilderness, a popular backpacking area (permits required). Continue to...

STRAWBERRY (27mi/43km). It lies in a magnificent setting at the foot of Lover's Leap. Continue to...

ECHO SUMMIT (8mi/l3km). The elevation here is 7,382 feet; in the next 10 miles you will be descending about 1,200 feet on your way to...

LAKE TAHOE (l2mi/l9km). The largest alpine lake on the North American continent offers year-round recreation and lodging. …

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