Sacramento is the capital of the state of California, a large, developed, and hot city. But many tourists mistakenly believe that there is nothing to do here other than farming and walking in the parks. Sacramento is indeed a green city with a lot of green spaces, parks, squares, recreation areas, and farms, but that’s not all. The city also has a large number of museums with unique collections of exhibits, restaurants for all tastes and places for active sports.
California is one of the most popular states for vacation and leisure travel. But most often from the Californian cities, they choose San Francisco, overlooking Sacramento. Thus, many tourists and holidaymakers visit the same places every year, which can make their vacation boring and monotonous.
If you plan a trip to California, we strongly recommend that you stop by Sacramento for at least a couple of days.
The most famous art center in Sacramento is the Crocker Art Museum. The collection of this museum is continuously growing, so the museum has two buildings. Both buildings are located in Old Sacramento, but the first building is the mansion of the Crockers family of protective businessmen, who donated their art collection and mansion to the City of Sacramento. The museum contains the works of the best artisans and sculptors of California, and the second building exhibits works by contemporary masters.
Of course, the Crocker Art Museum isn’t the only art center in Sacramento worth seeing. We also recommend visiting: Arthouse Gallery & Studios, Groundswell Gallery, the Verge Center for the Arts, the Kennedy Gallery.
Most of the city’s museums are located in Old Sacramento. The locals strongly recommend visiting this part of the town. If most of the people in Sacramento meet in bars in the evenings, then they usually attend the city’s museums during the day.
Here, you will find historical museums such as the Sutter’s Fort and Sacramento History Museum. You can also visit the California Automobile Museum and the California State Capitol. The California State Railroad museum’s collection includes 20 locomotives of different generations, starting from the 19th century’s locomotives. You can get into some of them and learn everything about them and the mechanism of their work.
Old Sacramento is a historical complex with 52 buildings from the 19th century. The central part of the city’s museums is located on the territory of Old Sacramento. Structures of the 19th century have been preserved to this day so that visitors can feel the atmosphere of that time and find out how life was arranged.
Initially, Old Sacramento was the central part of the city with the market square and the city’s main places. Later, the poor inhabited this area; this is associated with too high city development rates.
The underground part of Old Sacramento can be considered a separate place to visit. It is a city buried under a city that you can visit.
In the early period of history, the Sacramento city suffered from flooding, as it was built too close to the river. The city government did not take timely action due to a lack of money, which resulted in floods devastating Sacramento in the city’s first few years. It was decided to fill the lower levels of buildings with dust and sand, and build a new city on top.
Today, under Old Sacramento, there is a whole system of secret underground streets. You can visit the underground city, and the guide will tell you many mysterious and mysterious stories associated with this place.
Until the 19th century, Native Americans lived on Sacramento’s territory, but then they had to transfer their lands to immigrants from Europe. In the 19th century, life in and around Sacramento was closely associated with gold mining and the gold rush. After the gold miners lost hope of getting rich one day, many locals left for other countries or other parts of America. But many remained to live in the colony of gold diggers and took up farming and agriculture. They later moved to Sacramento and continued their farming activities. Since then, Sacramento has become the California farming capital thanks to its hot climate and fertile soil.
Residents are great lovers of live music and all kinds of music concerts. This is why you can find bars, restaurants, and concert venues throughout the city where you can enjoy a drink, a snack, and a show. Music festivals are held annually in Sacramento, so every summer, residents, and guests of the city gather in parks and squares to listen to live music. As for bars with live music, here are the most popular ones: Ace of Spades, Harlow’s, Shady Lady Saloon.
Sacramento residents prefer an active lifestyle because of the hot climate; they can play sports in the fresh air at any time of the year. That is why the city is equipped with many sports grounds.
There are tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools, golf, and football courses throughout the city.
If you are not a big sports fan, you can always walk in one of the local public parks, squares, or recreation areas. We advise you to visit the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail. With a length of 32 miles, the trail is located along with scenic landscapes and the American River. For the comfort of joggers, public toilets, small shops and cafes are located along the entire length of the trail, so that athletes can take a breath, tidy up, and recharge. In addition to city parks, Sacramento has places where you can experience the wilderness in extreme conditions.
Be sure to check out one of Sacramento’s craft coffee shops if you’re a good coffee fan. The coffee culture in the city is very well developed, there are small and cozy coffee houses, where each guest is greeted as a member of the family. There are coffee bars in restaurants where you can find the most fantastic coffee. Coffee booths are located throughout the city, including in parks.
In almost all coffee places, you can buy a coffee pack to bring home as a reminder of Sacramento or as a souvenir for family or friends.
If you are planning your trip to Sacramento, feel free to take the whole family. There is entertainment for people of all ages, especially for children. If you plan to visit Sacramento with children, be sure to visit William Land Park, on the territory where there are Fairytale Town and Funderland Amusement Park. Fairytale Town is a truly magical place. In addition to dozens of playgrounds designed based on the most beloved and popular children’s fairy tales, there is also a farm garden. The children’s playgrounds have everything for children to enjoy their visit: slides, swings, sculptures, ladders, tunnels, and other play equipment. And in the garden and on the farm, you can get acquainted with real animals, which you can even integrate because this is a contact zoo. As to Funderland Amusement Park, you can ride an impressive roster of 12 different rides, each with its unique theme.
Even though Sacramento is a fast-growing city with entertainment for all tastes, there are not many tourists here. This is because some prejudices scare away tourists.
If you have read this article up to this point, you already know how strong this delusion is. Sacramento has many places to visit with the whole family, with friends or alone. You can visit Art centers, museums, sports grounds and much more. Rest assured, there is plenty to do here.
Yes, it is, but that doesn’t make it any worse. The city, for example, has a beautiful market with top quality products from local farms. Don’t think that there is nothing in Sacramento besides farming. As you already know, this is the historical capital of the state, although it is associated with agriculture and much more. Sacramento is a modern city, don’t worry, no cows or pitchfork farmers walking around.
The restaurant culture in Sacramento is very well-developed. In addition to restaurants that specialize in homemade and traditional American food from farm products, many restaurants are serving Italian, Czech, Chinese, and French cuisine. Some restaurants in the city have Michelin stars. Moreover, almost all the city restaurants have an excellent selection of wines to accompany any dish.
Of course, you can only stop in Sacramento for one day or night, but believe that you will understand that this city deserves a more detailed study once you get here.
Sacramento is the sweet spot for city size. The city is vast and developed enough to provide residents with everything they need. Children living here can get a decent education because they have many schools and several colleges, including private ones. The health care system is also at the highest level; this city was created to lead a healthy lifestyle here. At the same time, Sacramento does not suffer from overcrowding and heavy traffic on the roads.
The locals of Sacramento are, for the most part, very open and friendly. They will gladly tell you where to eat the most delicious and point you in the right direction if you are lost.
The owners of such places are happy to share with you, for example, a recipe for one of the dishes or tell you how to spend an evening in Sacramento.
Be sure to bring sunglasses and high protection cream. It is better to wear light, but closed clothing, so you have less chance of getting burned.
You should always start with the season when you plan your trip somewhere. For example, if you want to do water sports, Sacramento’s best time is in September.
If you plan to visit Sacramento during one of the festivals, it is better to leave your car. During this period, there is a large influx of tourists, and there are not so many parking spaces in Sacramento.
Although the crime rate in Sacramento is quite low, it is better to take precautions. For example, do not leave your bike on the street overnight, park your car only in safe places, never leave anything in a visible place inside the vehicle, and try not to walk alone at night. And most importantly: avoid dangerous areas of the city, take care of yourself.
As you may have noticed, Sacramento is a worth visiting city. Here you can relax with the whole family, regardless of age. Plan your trip, book hotels, and reserve tables in the most popular places in the city. Keep in mind that you need at least a couple of days to visit Sacramento. We hope you will consider Sacramento to be your next vacation destination.
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