When I moved to the Sacramento area two years ago, one of the areas that really caught my interest was the Folsom area. It is steeped in history and the architecture of the old historic downtown is quite beautiful and always beckons me back. It sits on the American River and the views can be next to spectacular. The Rainbow Bridge is still one of the most photographed spots on the American River. When it was built, the concrete arch of Rainbow Bridge was the fourth-largest concrete arch span in the world. The graceful structure with its distinctive concrete arch was to be the final link in a “40-mile loop through some of the richest agricultural lands in the state.” The open-spandrel arch, with cutouts between the arch and the roadway, was a popular design in the early 1900s made possible by strengthening concrete with reinforcing steel.
If you come to the Sacramento valley, be sure to allow a day to do some site seeing in the Folsom area. Lots of great restaurants and the craft beer scene (both breweries and tasting spots) is growing quickly here in Sacramento. You’re also close to many wineries in El Dorado Hills and Amador counties.