Whenever people visit Sacramento, there are a few spots that consistently come to mind. Old Sacramento and Tower Bridge are iconic locations in the capital city, but there are far more hidden gems that the locals know and like to showcase.
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Tower Bridge, which is more than 75 years old, remains one of Sacramento's landmarks, and both residents and visitors enjoy taking shots of it from every angle. Tracy Counts took this shot of the bridge at night with cars flashing by, seen only by the streaks of their headlights.
Just across Tower Bridge from Sacramento is West Sacramento, home of the Sacramento River Cats baseball team. The season just kicked off, and the games at Raley Field are always a great time. Go to the ballgame with family, friends or a date and have a blast. The view from the stadium area is also pretty nice, as can be seen in this photo from Leslie Prétot.
When you go see a River Cats game, it's a short walk into Old Sacramento for a dinner or drinks on the river or browsing local specialty shops. While the Sacramento weather is usually bright and sunny, we occasionally get cloudy and rainy days in the winter months, and they can give a different feel to the city, as captured in this shot by Lisa Ouellette.
Most of the time, however, when Sacramentans see clouds, it's far less ominous. Shane Hunt said he likes to check out the cloud reflections in the glass front of the U.S. Bank Tower on Capitol Mall. Capitol Mall connects Tower Bridge to the state Captiol, which is open for tours of the building as well as rotating historical artifacts in the museum. The Capitol Mall Farmers Market is also held on the space, and the Farm-to-Fork Festival will be held on Capitol Mall Sept. 28.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the central business district is William Land Park, which is loved by locals and visitors alike. Attractions within the park include the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town, but the park itself is an attraction. Bring some birdseed and feed the ducks, or just pass the time relaxing in the sun or the shade. Melissa Rehurek took this photo of one of the fountains in the park with the ducks.
If you're looking to connect with a piece of Sacramento history, a visit to the California State Railroad Museum is in order. You can see numerous locomotives and train cars at the museum, and you can even take a train on one of the museum's excursions. Located in Old Sacramento at 125 I St., it's within walking distance from Downtown Sacramento hotels. History of the railroad may be captured in the museum, but the Sacramento area remains one of the major railroad hubs in the country, and Ulysses Goose Simmons took a photo of this train at the nearby Roseville railyards.