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Sacramento

California’s capital city charms with its tree-lined Victorian streets, elegant civic buildings, and a friendly, easygoing atmosphere.

Politicians and lobbyists congregate in Sacramento to debate state legislation. Step outside the imposing California State Capitol building, however, and you’ll soon discover an elegant, almost European-style city that enjoys a gentler pace of life than many of its Californian neighbors.

Stroll along riverside boardwalks in the Old Sacramento district, where horse-drawn carriages and fine Victorian architecture preserve the atmosphere of a booming city that was once at the center of the world’s biggest gold rush.

At Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, retrace Sacramento’s pioneering history from its days as a small trading wharf on the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers. The region’s pre-European roots are also honored just across the road in the State Indian Museum where arts, tools and stories of California’s many indigenous tribes are displayed. Climb aboard the enormous transcontinental steam trains that opened up America at the California State Railroad Museum.

Sacramento’s location in the fertile Central Valley makes it a food and wine lovers paradise, and an ideal base from which to explore California. A two-hour drive will have you hiking or skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains by morning, or swimming off the San Francisco coast in the afternoon.

Closer to home, the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and its lakeside Granite Bay Beach are two of the most popular outdoor destinations. Within the city you’ll find tranquil moments aplenty at Cesar Chavez Park, while the manicured grounds around the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park are perfect for picnics.

The city also offers year-round festivals, a thriving arts scene, stunning gardens, quality produce and craft beers all on tap.

Sacramento has never really stopped booming, and one of the downsides of the city’s growth is the traffic. Take advantage of the efficient bus routes and light rail system to explore the diverse neighborhoods. The city’s flat layout and progressive attitude to cycling makes biking a breeze too.

Where to stay in Sacramento

Old Sacramento which includes signage and heritage architecture

Old Sacramento

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Old Sacramento

Top hotels in Sacramento

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Motel 6 Sacramento West
Motel 6 Sacramento West
2 out of 5
1254 Halyard Dr, West Sacramento, CA
Free cancellation
RM227
per night
13 Apr-14 Apr

Situated in West Sacramento, this motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of West Sacramento Recreation Center, Raley Field and Ziggurat Building. Tower Bridge is 3.1 ...

3.3/5 (720 reviews)

"It was nice and clean as always the people and employees there were very nice"…"

Reviewed on 1 Apr 2020

Motel 6 Sacramento West
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento
2.5 out of 5
321 Bercut Dr, Sacramento, CA
RM281
per night
5 Apr-6 Apr

Located in Downtown Sacramento, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of American River Bike Trail and Discovery Park. K Street Mall and Golden1Center are also within ...

3.4/5Good! (3,594 reviews)

"Decent price close enough to the airport. No shuttle to airport. Gigtaxi was $18."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento
Super 8 by Wyndham Sacramento
Super 8 by Wyndham Sacramento
2 out of 5
4317 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA
RM209
per night
5 Apr-6 Apr

Situated near the airport, this motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of McClellan Conference Center, Aerospace Museum of California and Discovery Museum Science and ...

3.1/5 (1,666 reviews)

"EXCELLENT! KIND! front desk staff despite our current crisis 7 she was obviously frantic w/ work & requests etc she handled it beautifully w/ a smile on her face! :-) even though they are pretty cheap compared to most hotels they are always clean, the internet actually works! and the grounds are ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2020

Super 8 by Wyndham Sacramento

Popular things to do in Sacramento

California State Capitol
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California State Capitol

4/5(6 reviews)

The seat of California’s government also houses an informative museum with an extensive collection of Californian art.

Sacramento Zoo
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Sacramento Zoo

4/5(1 review)

Up-close encounters with red pandas and giraffes, as well as a host of activities for children, have made the Sacramento Zoo a family favorite for over 85 years.

Crocker Art Museum
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Crocker Art Museum

5/5(1 review)

Once the mansion of a wealthy state judge, Crocker Art Museum is now one of the most important collections of art in California.

Top activities in Sacramento

Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)
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Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)

RM173
Per adult
Urban Adventure Quest - Sacramento
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Urban Adventure Quest - Sacramento

86% of travellers recommend
RM82
Per adult
Alive After 5 Sacramento River Cruise
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Alive After 5 Sacramento River Cruise

80% of travellers recommend
RM110
Per adult
Sacramento Rock the Yacht Cruise on the Sacramento River
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Sacramento Rock the Yacht Cruise on the Sacramento River

90% of travellers recommend
RM110
Per adult
Historic River Cruise on the Sacramento River
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Historic River Cruise on the Sacramento River

86% of travellers recommend
RM87
Per adult
Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Indoor Skydiving Experience

RM307
Per adult

Reviews of Sacramento

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 23.076923076923077%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 46.15384615384615%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 23.076923076923077%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 7.6923076923076925%
1 - Terrible
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Jan 2020

Visit Old Sacramento

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

7 Sep 2019

Went to Railway museum, we got there for 10am when it opened, watch the short video at 10:45, then the guided tourer follows on, both very informative. The Old Town is worth a visit, downtown is poor for a State Capital.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Jul 2019

I loved the old town. Everyone I met was very friendly and wecoming. No pressure to buy in the stores but just really helpful. I can't wait to come back!

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