Folsom Travel Guide

  • American River
    American River
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    Shaded portion of the bike trail near...
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    Rainbow Bridge over the American River
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Folsom Things to Do

  • Folsom Lake

    Folsom Lake is located in the north eastern corner of the city and is actually shared by Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado counties. There is a variety of activities in and around the lake. Local boaters flock to the lake during the summer months for water skiing, wake boarding, jet skiing, fishing and sailing. There are three different boat launch...

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  • Lake Natoma

    Officially referred to as Lake Natoma, this small body of water was created by damning the American River just below Folsom Lake. This recreation area or "Aquatic Center" offers a large grass picnic area, beaches, and a variety of water activities. Public bathrooms, drinking fountains, picnic tables, and BBQ grills are available. During the summer...

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  • Hiking Trails

    Last summer I discovered a beautiful hiking trail near Folsom Lake. This relatively easy 2 mile hike offers great views of the lake. About mid way on the hike there is a vista point with a picnic table and drinking water, which is a nice location to stop and have lunch. In the summer months it gets quite hot, so bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty...

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Folsom Restaurants

  • India House “WOW” a Ten Star Restraunt!!

    India House “WOW” a Ten Star Restraunt!!It is beautiful and the ambience is very comfortable, yet stylish. We had the banquet/feast for two, and it was amazing. It was delicious and very filling, and we got a chance to taste a little of everything on the menu. The service was great and incredibly friendly. The bill was also very reasonable,...

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  • Cafe and Coffee Shop

    Located on East Natoma Street directly across from Folsom City Hall is the Acorn Cafe and Coffee House. This charming little cafe opened about a year ago and serves a variety of reasonably priced lunch items, such as home made soup, salad, sandwiches, and burgers. They also offer a variety of popular coffee drinks, such as espresso, latte, mocha,...

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  • A variety of different restaurants

    I have posted a few of my favorite (individual) restaurants in town, but it would be a daunting task to list them all. The web link below will provide you with many different choices from recognizable chain restaurants to unique independents. The link comes with reviews to help you make an informed decision and provides locations. Happy eating!...

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  • Best Mexican Food

    Hands down the best Mexican restaurant in Folsom. Although I rarely frequent chain restaurants, this one is an exception because it's a local Sacramento area chain. The food is outstanding, the service is excellent, salsa bar is flavorful, and the prices are very reasonable. What more could you ask for? Realistically, when you see more Mexican...

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  • Eastern European Cuisine in Folsom

    This fairly new restaurant is a wonderful addition to old town Folsom cuisine. The mix of German, Russian, and Czech dishes are hearty and flavorful. The ambiance is both elegant, romantic, and family friendly. Although the service is somewhat slow when busy, the food is outstanding. I have been there three times and ordered three different menu...

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  • Great Indian Food

    Tucked away in the Broadstone Market Place shopping center on the outskirts of Folsom, the India House is one of my favorite Indian Restaurants in town. Thanks to Intel, there is a large Indian population in Folsom, hence the variety of Indian restaurants available to the residents. I believe there is a total of four now, maybe more. This creates...

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Folsom Nightlife

  • English Pub

    Located in the Central District just a stones throw from old town, this British pub offers a full bar with a fine selection of European lagers and ales on tap. The bar menu includes popular British meals such as fish and chips and bangers and mash. True to the nature of a good British pub, several available TV's to watch your favorite European...

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  • Folsom Hotel

    Located on Sutter Street, the Folsom Hotel is possibly the oldest operating establishment in town and definitely has an old western cowboy feel to it. No longer a hotel, this dark and dingy bar does have some charm and character. The Hotel offers a full bar with typical domestic draft beers. The bar food, well, is typical ordinary burger and fries...

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  • Pub and Restaurant

    Don't let the small size of the place fool you, they have an outstanding selection of 20 premium craft beers on tap, over 100 bottle beers, and food that is truly beyond the typical bar/pub cuisine. Their motto is "no crap on tap", which is a delight to a beer snob like myself. Manderes is located in the Central district of Folsom, just a stones...

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  • Relaxing Tavern

    Located on Sutter Street in old town Folsom is Samuel Horne's Tavern. This establishment quietly opened a few months ago and has become a hit with local beer connoisseurs. The ambience of this place is truly old school mixed with a classy feel. The high leather back booth seats, dark wood floor, tin ceiling tile, and open floor plan gives it the...

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  • Fun times

    Located on the corner of Sutter Street and Riley in old town Folsom, the Power House Pub is the premier spot for live music, dancing, and drinking. This eclectic establishment has something going on each every evening, with Friday and Saturday nights having the best entertainment attracting good local bands and lively crowds. The pub offers a full...

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  • Sutter St. is hard to beat.

    Until just a few years ago Folsom was a town of less than 5,000 people. The heart of this town was, still is and probably will always be, Sutter Street. The old, historic, Folsom Hotel is probably the number one landmark in old Folsom along with the old Wells Fargo Assay office and the original Train Depot. It was built around 1885 and has quite a...

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Folsom Transportation

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    by jazzmann Updated Jan 29, 2010

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    Although Folsom does have public bus service within the city limits, the buses only run during the week on a fixed business route. The best way to get around town is by car or bike. Realistically Folsom is fairly compact and the only "major" shopping areas of interest are along Riley Street, East Bidwell Street, Folsom Blvd., and Sutter Street in old town. Ask a local for advice or directions to a variety of shopping centers for your individual needs. If you need to venture out of Folsom on public transportation, take the light rail "gold line". Hop on the light rail train in old town Folsom and take it all the way to downtown Sacramento. There are numerous stops along the way.

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Folsom Shopping

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    by DarleneCMF Updated Jun 27, 2006

    Folsom Premium Outlets has a lot of popular brands/stores. It's the one place you need to visit if you're looking for clothes and sportwear, shoes, accessories, houseware or gifts.

    The complex is well-designed, they have several buildings and all stores open outdoor, which adds to the (relatively) relaxing environment.

    Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-6pm

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Folsom Off The Beaten Path

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    by jazzmann Written Jan 27, 2010

    California's second oldest prison, made famous by Johnny Cash, officially opened in 1880. The small prison museum, opened by retired prison guards in the late 1980's, provides visitors with a variety of prison artifacts, such as: old weapons confiscated from the inmates, a Ferris wheel made out of 250 thousand toothpicks, and a worn out life sized mannequin named "Sam" dressed in a striped prison uniform. Push the button and "Sam" will tell visitors a brief history of the infamous prison. They have quite a bit of Johnny Cash memorabilia from his concert he put on there in 1968 as well as souvenirs for sale. The retired guard that runs the museum is very friendly and really enjoys talking with visitors. Keep in mind, the museum is bit hokey, so don't expect much for the $2.00 admission. To get there: From downtown, take Natoma/East Natoma Street, make a left on Folsom Prison Road (you'll see the signs), continue straight (do not turn right, that will take you to new Folsom prison), park in the main parking lot, walk past the main entrance gate, and the museum is on your right.

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