This post was originally published on September 8, 2016.
Northern California’s 170-mile Capitol Corridor train route links the state’s original capital, San Jose, with its modern-day counterpart, Sacramento. But that’s not its only historical connection. Each of the Capitol Corridor’s 17 stops showcases some of California’s rich history—from the Spanish Missions to the Gold Rush to Prohibition—and five cities in particular are worth a stop. Check out these historic towns in a whirlwind weekend, or, for thorough historians, stretch out your tour over a series of excursions—either way, the Capitol Corridor is your ticket to time travel. More 5 Must-Visit Historic Towns in Northern California
With 17 stations between downtown San Jose and Auburn in the Sierra foothills, the Capitol Corridor train route offers serious cyclists in Northern California access to some of the best cycling in the state. All of the Capitol Corridor trains accommodate bicycles, making it easy to get out for a road bike trip through wine country, alongside babbling creeks, up through hills, and beyond. More How to Plan a Road Bike Trip By Train in Northern California – Part 2
Long known as a convenient alternative to Northern California’s traffic-clogged roads, the 170 mile Capitol Corridor train route between Auburn/Sacramento and San Jose is also a great way for adventure junkies or those seeking a relaxing weekend getaway to hit the hills or the coast. More No Car Required: Four Adventurous Weekend Escapes in Northern California along the Capitol Corridor
No longer standing in the shadow of its neighbor across the Bay, Oakland has become a destination of its own in the San Francisco Bay Area. An exploding food and drink scene, along with a bounty of options for outdoor adventure — thanks to a geography that spans gorgeous shoreline and rugged hills — as well as an influx of millennials who’ve fled the astronomical housing costs of San Francisco, have all helped put Oakland on the map as one of California’s most vibrant cities. It’s a must-visit city along the Capitol Corridor, the 170-mile train route that runs between Sacramento/Auburn and San Jose. More Weekend Getaway: 48 Hours in Oakland
Northern California is renowned for its diverse and inventive gastronomy, and connecting the region’s major culinary centers is the 170-mile Capitol Corridor train route. From farm-to-table trend-setters and high-end dining establishments, to local food truck favorites, you’ll find plenty of reasons to pick up a fork along the way. The world-class food-and-drink scene of the region – which spans both big cities and smaller towns – incorporates impressive diversity while showcasing the bounty of California with local, organic, and sustainably-produced fare leading the way. Whether you’re in the mood for tasty vegan cuisine or an exquisite cut of meat, here’s where to satisfy your appetite along the Capitol Corridor.
More A Foodie’s Guide to the Capitol Corridor