As California’s capital city, Sacramento is situated in the heart of the state, and it doesn’t attract as many visitors as the more popular coastal cities. However, the metropolis was founded at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers, which offer the chance for water-based activities. The location also has a wide variety of attractions that are educational and fun to explore.
Explore the City’s Origins
The historic district known as Old Sacramento encompasses 28 acres and features many structures constructed during the city’s early development. The pedestrian-only location offers a step back in time thanks to the unique architecture and wooden sidewalks. The park has more than 100 buildings housing museums, restaurants, and shops that provide a glimpse of Sacramento’s history as well as fun-filled attractions.
Experience History through the Eyes of Locals
The Sacramento History Museum features galleries of exhibits filled with images and artifacts arranged to provide visitors with a look into the lives of local residents and historic events over the years. Interactive multimedia displays tell the tale of the city that Europeans began building in the middle of the 19th century.
The underground tour showcases how the city was originally 10 feet lower than what’s seen today because chronic flooding and water damage necessitated major renovations. However, portions of the early development remain. Nighttime tours of the underground recesses reveal more adult subject matter in terms of Sacramento’s more colorful history. After a day of exploring the city’s rich past, you’ll be ready to return to your Sacramento hotel for a delicious dinner and an evening of relaxing by the pool.
Enjoy Beautiful Art
The Crocker Art Museum consists of collections on display in the 1885 mansion and the recently opened 125,000-square-foot Teel Family Pavilion. Together, the buildings have more than 14,000 pieces created by American artists through the years. The collection also includes the country’s largest inventory of ceramics and pottery created in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Oceanic nations.
See How the Other Half Lived
The Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park was constructed at the time of the Gold Rush in 1856 by merchant Sheldon Fogus. Former governor Leland Stanford later acquired the property, which eventually served as the home and office of two more governors. The stunning 19,000-square-foot Victorian structure spans four stories, and tours of the exquisite interior are quite popular. The home features 17-foot ceilings boasting crystal and bronze light fixtures. Historic paintings, gilded mirrors, and highly detailed carved woodwork line the walls. The building also contains replicas of the original carpeting and draperies along with original furnishings.
Cruise the Rivers
A number of modern motorized and historic paddleboat-type vessels offer cruises along the rivers while guides share tales of local history and point out various landmarks. Hear stories about the Gold Rush and how the waterways played a crucial role in trade and transportation before the introduction of the railroad. Guests might also like hopping on the River Train at the Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento to take a land-based tour of the river.
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