Sacramento, CA

Travel Guide
Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park which includes a garden, a city and a house
Go gold panning, admire historic architecture and explore fascinating museums in the capital of California, a city constructed on the funds from boomtown fortunes.

California’s capital, Sacramento, was built using fortunes made from gold mining. Come to the city today and you’ll sense that a gold rush-era atmosphere still endures. A strong cultural scene also thrives. Visit a wide range of museums and galleries devoted to such varied topics as train travel, famous Californian figures and Native American cultures that were almost erased by the rush of gold-seeking settlers in the mid 19th century.

The roots of modern-day Sacramento can be traced back to the California gold rush, which began in 1848. The discovery of gold in the nearby Sierra Foothills led to a mass influx of prospectors and the city was soon established.

Explore the Old Sacramento area near the port to soak up the old-world atmosphere and learn more about the wave of pioneers who arrived in search of their fortune. Shop for gold rush-inspired souvenirs in the shops, take a boat cruise along the Sacremento River and hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage.

Find out more about Sacramento’s early days in the area’s array of museums. Among the most notable are the California State Railroad Museum, the Sacramento History Museum, Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum and Huntington and Hopkins Hardware, a recreation of a 19th-century hardware store.

Of course, Sacramento’s history didn’t begin with the gold rush. Prior to this, the area was inhabited by Native Americans. Inspect artifacts and learn about the lives of the pre-gold rush inhabitants at the California State Indian Museum. The museum is adjacent to Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, where Swiss-German immigrant John Sutter set up a trading outpost in 1839., to view the state-owned art collection and the memorial-dotted grounds. Art lovers will also enjoy the Crocker Art Museum, with a 15,000-strong collection featuring everything from ceramics to Italian Baroque paintings to street photography.

Sacramento is located at the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers. Use buses, trolleys and light rail to get around town. To experience a more modern side of life in Sacramento, explore the hip Midtown district.

Where to stay in Sacramento

Greater Sacremento

Downtown Sacramento

3.5/5(2,063 area reviews)

Undergoing revitalization, Downtown Sacramento boasts the retail and entertainment hub, Downtown Commons (DOCO), with Macy's and various dining options. Explore the California State Capitol, Sacramento City Hall, and enjoy convenient public transit options.

Downtown Sacramento
Sacramento featuring heritage architecture and an administrative buidling

Central Sacramento

3.5/5(355 area reviews)

While you're in Central Sacramento, take in top sights like Golden 1 Center or Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, and hop on the metro to see more the city at 29th Street Station or 39th Street Station.

Central Sacramento
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North Natomas

4.5/5(294 area reviews)

While visiting North Natomas, you might make a stop by sights like Park Place Shopping Center and North Natomas Library.

North Natomas
Fort Sutter State Historical Park which includes interior views

Midtown Sacramento

4.5/5(30 area reviews)

Historical district with tree-lined streets and old Victorians, Midtown Sacramento boasts a vibrant art, music, and cultural scene. Explore boutiques, bars, clubs, diverse dining options, and the urban winery, while enjoying pedestrian-friendly streets and bike lanes.

Midtown Sacramento
Old Sacramento featuring signage and heritage architecture

Old Sacramento

4.5/5(136 area reviews)

Step back in time at this U.S. National Historic Landmark District, where 19th-century buildings house restaurants and gift shops. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, historic trains, riverboat cruises, and fascinating museums like the California State Railroad Museum.

Old Sacramento
Good patio, good beer, good atmosphere, good menu. Perfect place for an afternoon stop.

Southeastern Sacramento

3.5/5(197 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Southeastern Sacramento, check out sights like Granite Regional Park or California Highway Patrol Headquarters and hop on the metro to see more the city at Power Inn Station or 48th Street Station.

Southeastern Sacramento
Governors Inn Hotel
Governors Inn Hotel
3 out of 5
210 Richards Blvd, Sacramento, CA
The price is $107 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 4
$107
$125 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 3 - Jun 4
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Governors Inn Hotel
Larkspur Landing Sacramento - An All-Suite Hotel
Larkspur Landing Sacramento - An All-Suite Hotel
3 out of 5
555 Howe Ave, Sacramento, CA
The price is $103 per night from May 26 to May 27
$103
$119 total
includes taxes & fees
May 26 - May 27
Stay at this 3-star golf hotel in Sacramento. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
7.4/10 Good! (1,004 reviews)
"I ask for them to clean my room , they never did. All i needed was them to take out the trash."

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Larkspur Landing Sacramento - An All-Suite Hotel
Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo
Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo
3 out of 5
1782 Tribute Road, Sacramento, CA
The price is $118 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 10
$118
$136 total
includes taxes & fees
Jun 9 - Jun 10
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Sacramento. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast (surcharge), and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the ...
8.6/10 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
Would stay again
"Easy process, comfortable stay, friendly front desk staff."

Reviewed on May 14, 2024

Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo
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Midtown Sacramento Historic Home
Midtown Sacramento Historic Home