Old Sacramento is a unique 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park that lives in homage to California's beginning with the Gold Rush of 1849. The district is located along the beautiful Sacramento River. Bustling with activity, it is alive with shopping, dining, entertainment, historical attractions and world-renowned museums set within the time of the California Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad.
Old Sacramento features dozens of recreated or restored buildings from the Gold Rush era. Wooden sidewalks, horse-drawn carriages and living history characters provide a glimpse into 19h-century life.
Every Labor Day Weekend, the city's premier event, "Gold Rush Days," turns the streets of Old Sacramento into 1849. Authentic encampments, dirt streets, wagon rides, Pony Express recreations, gunfights and living history characters bring four days of Gold Rush. It's an event not to be missed.
Take the train directly into Old Sacramento, walk to nearby hotels and enjoy a weekend experiencing the fun.
California State Railroad Museum
Often cited as one of the best railroad museums in North America, visitors learn about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, the railroad's role in history and can look at static displays of historic locomotives and train cars. Some are open for tours, and train rides are offered throughout the year.
Sacramento History Museum and Sacramento Underground Tours
Learn about the history of Sacramento from before the Gold Rush to beyond World War II. See exhibits with gold, artifacts from California governors and restored living spaces of early Sacramentans. The underground tours take you back in time to when the old city was raised to combat the flooding that plagued early settlers. See archaeological artifacts and walk below the streets of the city at what used to be ground level, and learn just what it took to raise an entire city in the 1800s.
This hotel is an authentic paddle-wheeler that took a long voyage to getting here. After sinking, it was raised and repaired, and has been a hotel in Sacramento for decades. Hop aboard for a stay, or just for dinner and drinks in the restaurant and bar.
Shopping and Dining
Old Sacramento isn't a place lost in time. It's a thriving business and residential district full of shops, restaurants and nightlife in a historic setting. Tour a museum, have dinner and then catch a comedy show or browse unique locally owned shops selling everything from candy to clothing to artisan olive oil.