Orient yourself for your stay in Sacramento with the below map. Click each section to learn about the neighborhood, find nearby restaurants and events, and see how it fits into the overall Sacramento landscape. Whether you're staying in the bustling Downtown/Midtown area or one of the more low-key surrounding neighborhoods, each has its unique feel.
South Sacramento is a mecca of cultural specialties including home-grown ethnic restaurants and international supermarkets. Visit Little Saigon, specializing in goods and services from throughout Asia, including Vietnam, China, India, Cambodia, Philippines and Korea. It is also home to Sacramento’s oldest family-owned and -operated winery, Frasinetti Winery, which was founded on the southern edge of Sacramento in 1897 and still produces wine today.
Also located in South Sacramento is the Bing Maloney Golf Course, one of many in the capital region popular with locals and visitors alike.
Sandwiched between the downtown/Midtown neighborhoods and Land Park, the Broadway/Oak Park neighborhood provides some of the best ethnic food in the city as well as the historic Old City Cemetery, where many of Sacramento's most famous historical figures are buried.
Whether the food you're looking for is Thai, Chinese, Nepalese, Ethiopian, Vietnamese, German, meaty, vegetarian or vegan, Sacramento's Broadway and Oak Park neighborhood won't disappoint. And it's not just food. Two local breweries call Broadway home -- Bike Dog and New Helvetia -- and each is a perfect spot to delve into Sacramento's thriving craft beer scene while having the feel of a cozy neighborhood spot.
South of the central city, the Land Park neighborhood is best known for William Land Park, which is a popular spot with locals for picnicking and jogging, and is also home to Fairytale Town and the Sacramento Zoo in addition to a nine-hole golf course.
The surrounding neighborhood features quaint homes and quiet streets, but there's no shortage of nearby local favorites including ice cream parlors like Gunther's and Vic's, and sweet spots like Marie's Donuts and Freeport Bakery.
Located just east of Midtown, East Sacramento is home to tree-lined streets, the Fabulous Forties, McKinley Park, Sacramento State University and miles of beautiful bike trails along the American River.
Pop into a local shop for coffee, browse a unique boutique or savor the flavors of the region at one of the many eateries. Favorite activities include biking or jogging on the trails, lounging in the park made famous by the film "Lady Bird," or touring the famous Fabulous Forties, home to Ronald Reagan when he was governor of California and another iconic setting in "Lady Bird."
Not far from Sacramento State University is the Pavilions shopping center and Loehmann's Plaza, featuring a host of local and regional retailers and some of Sacramento's best restaurants.
This city is just across the Sacramento River from Sacramento, which also divides Sacramento and Yolo counties. Great views of Old Sacramento and the downtown Sacramento skyline can be had from the pleasant river walk between Tower Bridge and the I Street Bridge, and West Sacramento is also home to Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats, the AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
Just blocks back from the waterfront is a burgeoning cluster of restaurants and bars, and several breweries such as Jackrabbit, Bike Dog and Yolo Brewing Company are just down the river. Retail giants IKEA and Fry's Electronics anchor shopping centers just off Interstate 80 that have many food options and other shopping choices.
Downtown / Midtown
Sacramento's central city is composed of the downtown and Midtown neighborhoods and has a high concentration of restaurants, bars, attractions, parks and the Sacramento Convention Center complex. Downtown is the bustling metropolitan hub of the region, and nearby Midtown is a trendy cultural hub with plenty of eats and drinks, and an eclectic mix of architectural styles, coffee bars and art galleries. On the western side of downtown is the Old Sacramento Waterfront, with historic buildings, wood-plank sidewalks, museums, the Sacramento River and charm from the Gold Rush era.
The biggest features of the Arden Arcade area are the Cal Expo Fairgrounds, which also houses the Sacramento Republic FC soccer club's Papa Murphy's Park, and the sprawling Arden Fair Mall, which houses numerous national retailers, restaurants and is surrounded by a host of other restaurants and developments. Hotels in Arden Arcade have convenient access to downtown Sacramento via Highway 160 and Interstate 80, as well as access to East Sacramento and North Sacramento. Ethnic restaurants on Fulton Boulevard draw locals and visitors alike, providing a culinary cross section of Sacramento's diverse population.
This section of Sacramento encompasses a wide variety of attractions and activities. The arts scene along Del Paso Boulevard is thriving, and the unique Greens Hotel provides a memorable place to lay your head when you're in town. Gibson Ranch is a sprawling park that hosts concerts and provides an excellent setting for family reunions, outdoor recreation or just a lazy day lounging in the sun.
The former McClellan Air Force Base is now home to a conference center and hotels, and the Aerospace Museum of California is on-site, with interactive exhibits on aviation and aviation history accompanied by numerous aircraft displayed outside dating back to World War II.
Golfing is also popular in North Sacramento, with a host of courses sprinkled throughout.
Natomas is a community with an abundance of parks and trails, family-friendly eateries and shopping areas. It’s also home to Discovery Park, which is part of the American River Parkway and one of the region’s largest green spaces, offering a variety of activities including boating, picnic areas and wading in the river. Natomas' proximity to Sacramento International Airport means there are plenty of hotels within 10 minutes of the airport.
This relatively new community in Sacramento offers delights for visitors. If you’re hungry, check out the many taquerias and food trucks or head to the La Superior market along Northgate Boulevard for some authentic Mexican foods. If your four-legged family member needs to romp with other four-legged friends, take him to the dog park at the North Natomas Regional Park. It also has one of the best children’s play areas if your two-legged child needs to run off some energy, too. And, for a few moments, if you want to feel part of the community, appreciate the community-contributed artwork along Del Paso Boulevard.
Natomas can be accessed directly off Interstate 5 and off Garden Highway.