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Designation: California State Scenic Highway
Length, One-Way: 35 Miles (58.33 Kilometers)
Time: 1 hour @ 35 mph

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Route 160--River Road meanders through historic Delta agricultural areas along the scenic Sacramento River
Copyright: - California Scenic Highway Program
Route 160--River Road meanders through historic Delta agricultural areas along the scenic Sacramento River
Description - From the Contra Costa County line to the southern city limit of Sacramento, Route 160--River Road meanders through historic Delta agricultural areas and small towns along the Sacramento River.

Attractions - This beautiful 35-mile route explores a number of cities and attractions along its journey, which parallels the Sacramento River.

Antioch - founded in 1849, was once home to large asparagus canneries and coal mines. Today, the city hosts numerous marinas, boatyards, yacht clubs, and a variety of other marine activities.

Courtland - a quiet river town in the heart of many pear orchards. The town, located on the east bank of the Sacramento River, is home to the gala Courtland Pear Fair each year, on the last Sunday in July.

Isleton - has considerable influence over the area surrounding it, home to many resorts, marinas, restaurants, and old buildings. The town is also significant as once being an important stop for the paddlewheelers.

Rio Vista - a scenic little river town, and many believe the area surrounding it offers the best fishing in the delta. The town has shops, restaurants, and the three-day Rio Vista Bass Festival, held in early October.

Sacramento - host of the Gold Rush of 1849, is now California's capital. The town has so much more to offer, whether a stroll through Old Sacramento, or a visit to Sacramento's modern downtown area.

Walnut Grove - is situated on both sides of the Sacramento River. The town lies in the heart of a significant agricultural area, and is an important stop for boaters.

Brannan Island State Recreation Area - a series of channels and canals through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The park has many islands and marshes containing many different wildlife habitats, and many recreational opportunities.

Franks Tract State Recreation Area - only accessible by water, is a source of recreation and natural beauty in the California delta.

Recreation - The Route 160--River Road is known for it's historical and recreational attractions.

Climate - Climate in the San Francisco Bay area varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.

Location - Route 160 extends from the Contra Costa County line to the southern city limit of Sacramento. The byway begins near Antioch at the junction of Highway 4 and Highway 160. Take Highway 160 in a northwesterly direction, past Rio Vista, Walnut Grove, Locke, and Courtland. Stay on the road just past Clarksburg. The byway ends at the junction with Interstate 5. If you follow I-5 north, Sacramento is not far away. At the other end of the byway, you can follow Highway 4 to the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Additional Information:
California Scenic Byways - California offers one All American Road, two National Scenic Byways, and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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