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.
Recreational road cyclists can find an impressive range of rides along the Capitol Corridor train route, which cuts through some of Northern California’s best cycling terrain between San Jose and Sacramento/Auburn. And since each Capitol Corridor train has two marked “bike cars” with large bicycle storage areas, as well as racks on the other cars, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying some of the most beautiful bike rides in the state—even if you don’t have a car to drive there on your own.
The Capitol Corridor has 17 stations between downtown San Jose and Auburn in the Sierra foothills. For bikers who don’t live near a Capitol Corridor station, nearly all the major corridors in Northern California are served by connecting buses—most of which also offer bike storage or racks on a first-come, first-served basis. These connecting bus lines expand Capitol Corridor’s reach to places like San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Lake Tahoe, Napa, and Santa Rosa.
If you are looking to get out and explore new territory on your bike without having to drive anywhere first, here are five great rides to get you started.
Updated March 21, 2019
Every year, California breweries produce about 3.3 billion gallons of beer— 3.5 gallons per drinking age adult— according to the Brewers Association, a non-profit that keeps tabs on craft beer sales and production nationwide. With all those brews freshly flowing, why not make your Tour de Brew via the Capitol Corridor? Some of the best of the nearly 800 breweries in California are within strolling distance of our stations. Each of these breweries, listed here from south to north, offers its own unique taste of Nor Cal— and, of course, we will be your designated driver after all the tipsy taste-testing! More The Ultimate Guide to Microbreweries Along the Capitol Corridor
Sacramento is not only California’s capital city, but also a place people visit to find adventure. One of 17 stops along the Capitol Corridor train route, this hot spot offers plenty of ways to find fun on water and land, and offers a rich Gold Rush-era history to explore. The city has also dubbed itself the “Farm-to-Fork capital,” which hints at the wide variety of edible options available to satiate even the most distinguished palette.
What to do with a weekend in Sactown? Here are some of the best places to experience the bustling food, beer, and adventure scene during your 48-hour stay. More Weekend Getaway: 48 Hours in Sacramento