The town of Cool in the foothills of the Sierras offers visitors a taste of California Gold Rush history and plenty of outdoor activities. Named after an itinerant preacher in the 1800s, Cool sits along historic Highway 49, just a stone's throw from where gold was discovered in 1848. This year, Cool will welcome the Amgen Tour of California bicycle race with an event called "A Cool View." Cool is less than an hour from the Sacramento Airport, which is served by low-cost carriers including JetBlue and Southwest.
(Photo: Larry Rief)