If you are looking for a different lifestyle away from the beach, California's capital offers a unique glimpse into historic sites and farm-to-table delicacies. Both indoor and outdoor activities will keep your family entertained all day and all night. Eye-catching landscapes and the ever-blossoming city will leave you with inspiring stories. As you plan your trip to Sacramento, here's what to keep in mind and what to go and see.
1. The State Capitol Building
This is one of the most popular attractions in Sacramento, regularly visited by thousands of school children on field trips to learn about California’s rich history. Offering free tours, you too can learn about the history of California and see statues and memorials of historical events that shaped this state. Check their website for a guide on scheduling, parking and upcoming events to be held at the Capitol. The building which serves as the state's seat of government is also a museum, and gives you a chance to experience legislative work in.
2. Crocker Museum of Art
Here you will find a permanent collection of art from around the globe. The exhibits range from paintings to ceramics, and they alternate regularly which makes it even more interesting. Established in 1885, it is one of the oldest museums in the West. Other museums to explore include:
- The California State Railway Museum which illustrates the early railroad cars and locomotives restored to their original state.
- The California Automobile Museum where you get to check out classic cars including muscle and race cars.
3. Explore the American River Parkway
If you like to be outside, the American River Parkway is a great place to visit. It is ideal for biking or setting up a picnic site for a relaxing day on the water. Horseback riding, hiking or taking your dog for a stroll are just some of the numerous activities this trail offers. Conveniently located inside the city and with plenty of shade, you can grab a bite to eat as you enjoy the scenery. You don’t have to carry water toys to enjoy the river. The river is lined with rentals and offers guided tours. Oh and don’t forget to participate in brew biking!
4. Explore Historic Old-town Sacramento
Travel back in time with the rich history of the gold rush era. Spend your time checking out the well-preserved buildings, and quaint streets that take you back to the time when people flocked to the area in search of gold. Although the gold rush declined and eventually came to an end, the old town remains Sacramento’s first retail district.
Enjoy lush green parks in different parts of the city with jogging paths, softball fields, water-slides and other fun activities for the whole family. The city holds an annual fair that showcases almost every fun activity you can think of. Interesting competitions take place in different fields like mechanics, baking, and photography.
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