Your visit to Sacramento, California, can begin with food because you will be in America's Farm-to-Fork Capital; it can begin with history because the Gold Rush and California beginnings started here; or it can begin with nature because rivers, trails and park wind through the city for your recreation and admiration. Sacramento begins with you.
Whether it's your first time, a weekend whim aboard the train, or your 10th time on a trip to see friends and family, you'll find plenty of things to do on your visit to Sacramento.
Sacramento is America's Farm to Fork Capital. No other major city in America is more centrally located amid such a diverse range of high-quality farms, ranches and vineyards. Award-winning chefs and restaurants provide the perfect complement.
Old Sacramento is a 28-acre historic riverfront district with more than 125 boutique shops, restaurants and attractions. The State Capitol and the accompanying Capitol Park is alive with California's colorful political past and historic achievements. Sutter's Fort is the last remaining structure from the days before the Gold Rush. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is the original site where gold was discovered and can still be found.
Surrounding farmers and growers keep Sacramento restaurants serving up the freshest ingredients via creative menus. After dinner, take a walk downtown where you'll find mermaids and mermen, wine bars, mechanical bulls. Your choice.
The American River Parkway is a biking/walking trail surrounded by natural, protected habitats, scenic bridges, acres of parks, fishing spots, kayaking and tubing areas. White water rapids of every class are just minutes from Sacramento.
The Delta is thousands of miles of popular boating and recreation areas. It is home to hundreds of species of birds, fish and other wildlife.
Famous Highway 49 lies only 45 minutes outside of Sacramento where picturesque scenic Gold Rush-era towns and cities can be found. Many mix their heritage of both gold and agriculture, with scenic wineries, shopping areas and farm-to-fork restaurants.
Sacramento's central location puts you within one to a few hours drive to several renowned attractions from the ski and recreation areas of Lake Tahoe, the granite domes of Yosemite, and the golden gates of San Francisco.
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