The Bridges of the Sacramento River Delta…a great excuse for a day tour…!

This drawbridge on Hwy. 12 is a "center pivot", revolving bridge, open for marine traffic in this picture.

The bridge across Steamboat Slough dates to 1924.
Count the colors of the many Delta bridges, some green, some yellow, some silver, some orange, some gold!

For those of you who know the Sacramento and San Joaquin River Deltas, you will appreciate the greatest agricultural land in the country, cross-cut with 1,000 miles of delta waterways, quaint river towns, wonderful restaurants and a laid-back way of life we often wish we had more of.

Tourists in the Delta can discover scores of historic bridges, most of them drawbridges for when steamboats and passenger ferries hauled cargo and passengers between San Francisco and Sacramento, Stockton, even Red Bluff and Fresno!

So, take a tour in any direction – west, south, or north, and “discover the Delta” – coming on my blog this Friday, the Sacramento River Delta from old Sacramento south to Walnut Grove, including Freeport, Clarksburg, Locke, Walnut Grove and more.  Coming the following Friday, the Delta tour continues, to Ryde, Isleton, Rio Vista, the Grand Island Mansion and two free auto ferries that make for “kid’s adventure”.  End your tour at Foster’s Bighorn Restaurant in Rio Vista – the kids will absolutely be enthralled by over 250 big-game specimens bagged by the owner in the 1930s, that adorn the walls of this restaurant (for the record, I am not a big-game hunter fan, but the restaurant is most unique).

To whet your appetite, here are photos of some of the Delta’s most iconic and historic bridges – can you find 10 more, and, count more than three colors?   Your kids or grandkids will find delight in exploring the Delta for such treasures!

For more info: The Discover the Delta Foundation, 2510 Hwy. 12, Isleton, CA 94561, 916.777.4442,

For additional travel destination inspiration, see my blog: travel; to contact me,  Happy travels in the west!

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