Sacramento: Sights and Places of Interest


& History

The city's history began in 1839 when Johann Augustus Sutter settled at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers after having received a 48,000-acre land grant from the Mexican Governor Alvarado who was then in charge of running California. Gold was discovered in 1848 just thirty miles east of Sacramento. The rest is history! The news of the discovery spread like wild-fire around the globe and fortune hunters came by the thousands from all corners of the world to California—Sacramento to be precise. California became a state in 1850 and Sacramento its capital four years later.


Karen has put together some suggested itineraries for you.
You will find details of each of the highlighted sights listed further below.


1 Day Tour

Walking Tour 1: Stroll around Old Sacramento, 4 square blocks at the foot of the downtown area that have become a major attraction. These blocks contain more than 100 restored buildings (California's largest restoration project), including restaurants and shops. Although the area has cobblestone streets, wooden sidewalks, and gold rush-era architecture, the high concentration of T-shirt shops and other gimmicky stores has turned it into a sort of historical Disneyland. Nonetheless, there's a lot to see here, such as where the Pony Express ended and the transcontinental railroad--and the Republican Party--began. While you're at it, be sure to stop at the Discovery Museum at 101 I Street and the California State Railroad Museum at 125 I Street.

2 Day Tour


If You Have 2 Days, spend the first day as suggested above. In the morning,

3 Day Tour


Wine Country Tour. If You Have 3 Days, spend the first 2 days as outlined above. On the third day, pack a picnic lunch and head for the hills, but don't bother to bring along a beverage. You can taste all the wine you want during a day trip to the wineries of El Dorado and Amador counties in the Sierra Nevada foothills. There are more than a dozen wineries in Amador County's Shenandoah Valley alone. And, personal attention rules in the region. Winemakers themselves often staff the tasting rooms, and they have time to chat about their offerings. To reach the wineries of Placerville, take Highway 50 east. To continue to Shenandoah Valley, turn south on Highway 49.

4 Day Tour


Bike Tour. If You Have 4 Days, spend the first 3 days as outlined above. In the morning of the fourth day, go Bicycling! One good thing about Sacramento is that it is as flat as a tortilla: It's perfect for exploring on a bike. One of the best places to ride is through Old Sacramento and along the 22-mile American River Parkway. The American River Parkway is one of Sacramento's most valuable resources. Stretching nearly 32 miles, the parkway is a playground for hikers, wildlife viewers, boaters, equestrians and bicyclists. Cyclists can pedal all the way from Old Sacramento. If you didn't bring your own wheels, there are plenty of rental shops around town.

Old Sacramento 

Historic Old Sacramento, , Governor's Mansion, California State Capitol, Crocker Art Museum, Sutter Fort, State Indian Museum, Downtown Plaza with indoor/outdoor shopping, CalExpo site of California State Fair, Arco Arena, Memorial Auditorium, Convention Center, Community Theatre, Folsom Historical Town, Sacramento Kings Basketball, Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town, Golden State Museum.

California State Railroad Museum

Well worth visiting, this museum is one of the highlights of Old Sacramento. You won't miss much if you bypass the memorabilia displays and head straight for the museum's 105 shiny locomotives and rail cars, beautiful antiques that are true works of art. Afterward, you can watch a film on the history of the western railroads that's quite good, then peruse related exhibits that tell the amazing story of the building of the transcontinental railroad. This museum is not just for train buffs: Over half a million people visit each year, and even the hordes of schoolchildren that typically mob this place shouldn't dissuade you from visiting one of the largest and best railroad museums in the country.

April through September, on weekends and holidays from 11am to 5pm, steam locomotive rides carry passengers 6 miles along the Sacramento River. Trains depart on the hour from the Central Pacific Freight Depot in Old Sacramento, at K and Front streets. Fares are $6 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12.
Location: 125 I St
Tel: (916) 445 6645
For more information, visit
Hours: Daily 10am-5pm; Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Admission $6 adults, $3 children 6-12

Discovery Museum

Discovery Museum at 101 I St. (tel. 916/264-7057;, which houses hands-on exhibits of California's history, highlighting the valley's agricultural gold rush as well as the real one in 1849. It's open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 60+, $4 for kids 13 to 17, $3 for kids 6 to 12, and free for kids 5 and under



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