Stand awhile along the banks of the American River, which courses 120 miles across California from its source high in the Sierra Nevadas, and give free rein to the sentiments that arise. The eternal westward flow will inspire the urge to keep on moving and forging your own way across the land while paradoxically holding you still, static, and mesmerized by the incredible beauty of the watercourse. Choose hotels near Rancho Cordova, CA and have a perfect spot from which to behold this masterpiece of real-life landscape art. Soon, that need to follow the river's lead and wander once more will arise, but for now, enjoy the serenity of staying put.
A prime spot for beholding the river is River Bend Park, a wildlife-rich preserve within easy reach of most Rancho Cordova hotels. Pack a picnic and stroll the park's pathways seeking an ideal spot to sit. Lush lawns under groves of young oaks offer a sunny seat while the leafy canopies of more ancient woodland tracts provide cool shade and a hiding place for skittish deer and scuttling wild turkeys. Tread a crunching path along the gravelly river's edge and step into the shallows to treat your feet to the exhilarating sensation of sinking under cool, lapping waters. You might share the park with giddy-grinned adventurers returning to dry land after a white-water rafting trip. Front desk staff at hotels in Rancho Cordova can refer you to numerous local companies who will take you on your own such thrill ride. Or, you could rent a bike and ride from River Bend Park down the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, a 32-mile route parallel to the river. Rancho Cordova rental cars offer a more convenient way to get to Sacramento and continue your adventures in the state capital.
Use the Travelocity app to find cheap hotels in Sacramento and its neighboring cities. Follow in the footsteps of the great explorer (and trail namesake) Jedediah Smith, who said "I wanted to be the first...to follow the course of rivers that run through a new land."