As capital of California, Sacramento is a culturally-diverse and politically-charged city. Whether state politics or historical curiosity brings you to this engaging city, you won't leave disappointed. Complete with riverside beaches, over 30 museums and a variety of highly-rated restaurants, this is the heart of The Golden State. Located in the north, halfway between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, visitors to the area are also within a leisurely day trip to these enticing locations.
Travelers to Sacramento usually find their way to the state's Capitol building. The beautiful grounds and inspiring architecture of the Capitol are free to visit, as is the history-filled on-site museum. Watch the live action of the legislature when it's in session, from the third floor balcony.
Escape to the late 1940s when dignitaries and celebrities attended this period-style theater. Reopened in 1986, the Crest Theatre now hosts independent film screenings, concerts, comedians and annual film festivals within its original 1949 interior.
If the Old West intrigues you, then you'll love the River Train's 28-mile trip up through Fremont Trestle and back. For a really great experience, book your trip on one of their themed rides such as the Murder Mystery Dinner train, Great Train Robberies train, or the lively Wine-tasting or Beer-tasting trips.
Permanently docked in Old Sacramento, the Delta King is a white-washed paddlewheel steamboat filled with Old West personality. Enjoy a drink on the deck overlooking the Sacramento River, dine in the Pilothouse restaurant or see a show on the ship's Capital Stage.
There are several Sacramento hotels that offer good quality accommodations at different price points. Depending on your specific travel needs, consider staying at one of these fine Sacramento hotels.
If your vacation or business plans take you to the California State Capitol or the Sacramento Convention Center, the Citizen Hotel provides a warm ambience with its period-style decor and luxurious accommodations. Located in the center of Sacramento, you'll be within easy walking distance from all the downtown action, day or night.
The Hyatt Regency hotel offers all the upscale amenities you'd expect in a premier hotel. Swim a few laps in the outdoor heated pool, or relax with a full-body massage at the spa. The luxurious Hyatt Regency also provides a 24-hour fitness center and a coffee bar, all near the California State Capitol.
If you're planning on visiting Sacramento for an extended stay, Sacramento Guest Services provides comfortable one- and two-bedroom apartments. Business travelers will enjoy unwinding in spacious accommodations, while families will feel at home. Each apartment comes with a full kitchen, cable television, free Wi-Fi and an in-room washer and dryer.
Before booking your trip, check your calendar to see if it coincides with one of these exciting festivals.
This celebration represents more than 20 different Latin cultures. Children will love making a piñata while adults appreciate the variety in musical styles, dance and food.
For Asian and Pacific Island cultures, visit this springtime festival held in Old Sacramento. Traditional dance and music, as well as plenty of amazing Asian food, will fill your senses.
This three-day event is held on Memorial Day weekend every year in Old Sacramento and other downtown locations. If jazz is your passion, you're sure to enjoy the music and camaraderie felt with fellow jazz-lovers!
For fitness fans, Eppie's Great Race, also known as “The World's Oldest Triathlon,” is held every summer. One unique difference in this triathlon is the kayaking element instead of swimming as one of the three parts. This event is not only the largest one-day kayaking event in the country, it helps to raise important funds for the Sacramento County Therapeutic Recreation Services each year.