Welcome to Beale Air Force Base
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New to Beale? Check out what's outside the gates...
Article by Thomas Tennies
Within a two to three hour driving radius of Beale AFB are some of the most spectacular destinations in California. During your time here, you should definitely see San Francisco, Monterey, Napa & Lake Tahoe, just to name a few. The Outdoor Adventure Center regularly offers trips to many of these destinations. But if you're looking for something a little off the beaten path, there are a number of places not too far away that are equally as interesting and exciting in their own way.
A little over 2 1/2 hours to the west of Beale is beautiful Sonoma County. It's surrounding countryside draped in vineyard-covered hills is reminiscent of Italy's Tuscany region. Santa Rosa, the largest city in the county, boasts many parks, museums, boutique shopping & fine restuarants. One notable point of interest is the Charles M. Schulz Museum, a fun and education place to visit. Learn about the creator of the "Peanuts" characters, his craft as a cartoonist and maybe pick up a gift or two at the gift shop.
Located in the heart of one of the world's premier wine producing regions is the city of Sonoma. It offers a wide variety of attractions including their historical central plaza, surrounded by shopping, fabulous restaurants as well as the historic Sebastiani Vineyards wine tasting room. If you want to pamper yourself, look no further than a visit to the luxurious Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa.
Other points of interest in Sonoma County are the Armstrong Redwoods, the rugged coastline of the Pacific Ocean, the quaint harbor town of Bodega Bay, and the numerous award winning wineries that are scattered throughout the region. This is just a little taste of Sonoma County's unique and colorful towns. A must-see destination to put on your list of things-to-do during your stay at Beale.
An area somewhat overlooked just east of our own backyard is Nevada County. Nevada County is the center of the Gold Country and is rich in history and recreational possibilities. A little over 30 minutes up the hill are the towns of Grass Valley, with it's old town charm & Nevada City, more laid-back and tourist-friendly. Visitors of both Grass Valley and Nevada City will discover everything from unique shops to fine restaurants.
These two towns were central to the Gold Rush era. Grass Valley is the home of the Empire Mine State Park, the oldest, largest, and richest gold mine in California. The park consists of original mine buildings and displays, the Bourne Mansion and beautiful gardens and grounds that surround the park.
A trip to Nevada County wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Bridgeport Covered Bridge, the longest single span wooden covered bridge in the county. Bridgeport is located in the South Yuba State Park, about 45 minutes from Beale. It is a popular spot for swimming, hiking, or you can try your luck at gold panning (gold pans are available at OAC for rent).
If you have the time, take the beautiful drive up Highway 20 to the town of Truckee. Lumber & ice harvesting fueled the growth of this railroad town in thep ast, now tourism and the proximity to world-class skiing has madethis town the fastest growing city in Nevada County.
If you have just PCS'ed to Beale or have been here for a while our area really has a lot to offer - get out and see it!
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Grass Valley is in the heart of the historic California Gold Country. Grass Valley, Nevada City and other communities have beautifully preserved the historic flavor from the Gold Rush days.
Located in the beautiful Sierra Foothills, hiking, boating, horseback riding and much more are at your doorstep. Local farmers, ranches and vineyards provide organic and locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, wines and more! The Visitors Guide provides highlights of these treats and more!