We have a reservation for a Holiday Inn in Rancho Cordova for a one night stop over. Is this a safe area?
Yes, Rancho Cordova is totally fine. We and our extended family stay there on a fairly regular basis - we have family in Sacramento, but for holidays and other events, there usually isn't room for everybody to stay with family. That's where the "overflow" stays. There are several places to stay right off the highway - we usually stay at one of the places right of Zinfandel, but the area where the Holiday Inn is is also totally fine.