Top 10 Underrated U.S. Cities
Governor Schwarzenegger's much-ballyhooed magnetism aside, California's underrated capital has never had the same allure as say, San Francisco or L.A. But with an increasingly sophisticated food scene – think farm-fresh Bolognese cuisine at Biba (www.biba-restaurant.com) or maple-glazed pork chops at the clubby Esquire Grill (www.esquiregrill.com), one of Ahnold's favorite restaurant – this agricultural hub appeals to even the snobbiest city slicker. Between bites, take in the Gold Rush-era charms of Old Sacramento, which are livelier than ever. This summer, the Historic Old Sacramento Foundation launches both a living history street theater program (catch reenactments of the Pony Express days) and Old Sacramento Underground tours, which delve into the alleyways that disappeared when Sacramento raised its streets in the 1870s. Later, bike along the banks of the Sacramento and American Rivers, and stroll amid downtown's stately Victorian homes and tall evergreens. You may even catch a glimpse of the "Governator" himself at the impressive capitol building. Wash it all down with a visit to the Sierra Foothill wineries (www.foothillwine.com) in the Shenandoah Valley – a mere 45-minute drive to the east.
For more trip-planning information, see our California Travel Guide.
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