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Sacramento Delta Tour

Wind through miles of channels and marshes to discover small towns that seem to belong to another era.

Start:Stockton
End:Old Sugar Mill
1 - 2Days,9Stops,103Miles
Stockton
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Antioch
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Brannan Island State Recreation Area
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Isleton
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The Point
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Locke
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Grand Island Mansion
Grand Island Mansion
Clarksburg
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Old Sugar Mill
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Stop 1

Stockton

125 Bridge Place, Stockton

Surrounded by bounteous farmland, Stockton is all about fresh, local foods. Its most famous crop is asparagus and in April you can watch cooking demonstrations and even taste asparagus ice cream (really!) at the San Joaquin Asparagus Festival. On Saturday mornings, browse the Downtown Farmers' Market where more than 80 vendors peddle an array of Chinese, Indian, Cambodian, Vietnamese and Korean groceries—plus mountains of vegetables. Stop at The Fruit Bowl on Waterloo Road for a bucket of peaches, nectarines or apricots. Then sit down for a slice of this farm stall’s fresh peach pie. Speaking of baked goods, the Genova Bakery, an Italian deli that has been filling the air with the aroma of traditional breads for a century, draws long lunch queues to its landmark yellow wood-framed building.

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Stop 2

Antioch

200 H St, Antioch

At the 190-hectare Dow Wetlands Preserve in Antioch, a 7.2-kilometre circuit leads walkers past wetlands where you can spot beavers and frolicking river otters. On the Pacific Flyway, it’s a prime spot to look for migrating birds (especially from the observation tower), as well as threatened raptors such as black-shouldered kites and northern harriers. For another outstanding natural area in Antioch, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve features a 65-mile network of paths that explores the reserve’s diverse habitats and also offers seasonal tours of the historic Hazel-Atlas Mine.

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    Stop 3

    Brannan Island State Recreation Area

    17645 CA-160, Rio Vista

    Savour the cooling breezes off the Sacramento River as you explore Brannan Island State Recreation Area, a gateway to the labyrinthine waterways of the Delta. It’s a haven for wildlife, from water-loving mammals such as beavers and river otters to 70 different species of birds. Keep an eye out for majestic sandhill cranes and herons, but if you’re more into fish than birds, the park also has a pier along Seven Mile Slough, where you can try to hook bass and salmon.

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      Stop 4

      Isleton

      101 2nd St, Isleton

      Along a bend of the Sacramento River, little Isleton is one of the Delta’s most appealing towns. Call in at the popular Delta Farmers' Market to stock up on locally grown seasonal produce—the steamy Delta summer is the best time for juicy peaches and nectarines, as well as organic heirloom tomatoes. Take a stroll along historic Main Street, where you can see the beautiful glass art at Summer Wind Stained Glass Studio & Art Gallery. And especially on a hot summer's day in the Delta, nothing beats a cold drink at the Mei Wah Beer Room, where you’ll find 24 craft beers on tap—most of them from California breweries.

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        The Point

        120 Marina Dr, Rio Vista

        Dine next to the water at The Point in Rio Vista, a favourite option for both the views and the hearty rib-eye steak and grilled salmon. Don’t forget to save room for the bread pudding.

        Stop 6

        Locke

        13916 Main St, Walnut Grove

        Step back into the Delta’s rich past as you stroll along the covered pavements in Locke, which is described by the National Park Service as 'the largest, most complete rural, agricultural Chinese American community in the United States'. Built in 1915 by Chinese immigrants and now a national historic district, the town’s landmarks include the Dai Loy Museum, a former gambling house that displays gaming paraphernalia (open Saturdays and Sundays only), and the Chinese Association Museum, a former social club. When you're hungry, try the Cantonese cuisine at the Locke Garden Restaurant, located in a building that dates to 1912.

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        Grand Island Mansion

        13415 Grand Island Rd, Walnut Grove

        For a very different side of Delta history, the nearby Italian Renaissance–style Grand Island Mansion in Walnut Grove resembles an opulent European villa and has hosted American presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan.

        Stop 8

        Clarksburg

        52902 Clarksburg Rd, Clarksburg

        Meander along River Road to Clarksburg, in the heart of the Delta wine country. Stop at the Old Sugar Mill to sample from multiple wineries, including Draconis by Matt Powell, a small winery producing outstanding (and hard-to-find) Zinfandels. Or go to the source at Bogle Vineyards, a Clarksburg classic where the region’s first vines were planted in 1968. Make sure you taste the winery’s heritage Petite Sirah, the Delta’s original varietal.

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          Old Sugar Mill

          35265 Willow Ave, Clarksburg

          Built as a beet-sugar refinery in 1934, the aptly named Old Sugar Mill offers a one-stop opportunity to sample top Delta wines thanks to the 15 wineries pouring tasters in this enormous brick structure.

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          Stop 1Stockton
          125 Bridge Place, Stockton
          Stop 2Antioch
          200 H St, Antioch
            Stop 3Brannan Island State Recreation Area
            17645 CA-160, Rio Vista
              Stop 4Isleton
              101 2nd St, Isleton
                Stop 6Locke
                13916 Main St, Walnut Grove

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