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Top Things to do in Sacramento

By Hari Priya - September 9, 2020
A beautiful evening in Sacramento

Sacramento is the capital of the United States of California. It sits on the American River and Sacramento river. The city is known for its evolving culture, history, and countless other things to entertain you. The old Town Sacramento attracts more tourists and sits right on the river is quite pleasant and worth visiting. It is very easy for anyone to fall in love with the city. It is a great place to do some sightseeing or to have a relaxed time. As it lies on the river, the climate is generally influenced by the coast, but the best time to visit will be between spring and fall. Have a look at some of the top things to do in Sacramento.

1. State Capitol-

One of the must-visit places in the California State Capitol Museum, which sits right in the heart of Sacramento, built-in the 1860s. Keen to know all about California’s history? You can find them all here. You can also get a guided tour around the museum, to understand the history of California better. Several rooms are dedicated to the State Capitol Museum, which focuses on unique artworks and antiques. 

State Capitol- Sacramento
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2. California State Railroad Museum- Go back in time

California State Railroad Museum is one of the World’s largest railway museums with an area of more than 2,00,000 square feet. You will find many restored railway coaches, wagons, and locomotives from the period of 1862 to 1944. The museum located in Old Sacramento is one of the top attractions in the city, with almost 50,000 people who visit the museum every year. Imagine if you can ride a wonderful historic vintage diesel train journey. Sounds fascinating, isn’t it? You can experience this beautiful journey when you visit in the summer.

Rail road Tracks - Sacramento
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3. Crocker Museum Art-

The Crocker Art Museum has a unique collection of California art, dating from the Goldrush era until today. It is the longest operating art museum in the West of America. There is a lot to see and experience in the museum, one can easily spend an entire day here exploring the unique style of art and various other antique pieces. 

4. Sacramento Zoo-

Are you an animal lover? If yes, then you will enjoy visiting the Sacramento Zoo. Initially, the zoo was very small with just 40 animals from the local parks. Today, it is home to more than 500 exotic animals such as Giraffes, jaguars, and African lions. It is also home to more than 200 reptiles and amphibians and provides shelter to more than 35 species of bird. The zoo is actively involved in international and local conservation projects. It is one of the top things to do in Sacramento.

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5. Old Sacramento-

Old Sacramento covers the entire area of the 1850s, covering 8 blocks ( close to 28 acres) of historic buildings, including the Eagle theatre along the city’s waterfront, is known as a National Historic Landmark. The area was a great commercial center in the mid 19th century, however, floods used to be a serious problem as it is in the waterfront. Old Sacramento includes more than 50 historic buildings, which are still occupied by the locals such as shops, museums, hotels, and restaurants. The area is a top tourist attraction, where people visit to check out the 28 acres of park. Also to try other fun things such as taking a ride in horse jaunt carriage, a riverboat excursion, or a railroad ride in a vintage locomotive.

6. California State Indian Museum-

The California State Indian Museum was opened to the public in 1940, with the mission of showcasing different themes that reflect the Indian life, spirit, family, and nature. The museum is filled with portraits that show how the Indians prospered in America thousands of years ago. The museum store also sells jewelry and other handicrafts made by the Native Americans.

Memorial Museum- Sacramento
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7. American River bike trail-

With a well-maintained paved-oath, the American River Trail gives a pleasant natural environment surrounded by shady oak trees and greenery. It is a 32-mile trail parallel to the American River with the starting point from the city of Folsom to the endpoint in end Sacraments. The trail is specially designed for cycling, walking, jogging, and horse riding. One can go for a wonderful picnic and fishing in the park. Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail is the other name as a tribute to the first American explorer to arrive in California. It is one of the top things to do in Sacramento.

Scenic American River bike trail
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8. Raging Waterpark-

Raging water is the largest waterpark in Sacramento, which consists of more than 25 water rides, slides, and pools. The park is located in the heart of Sacramento. If you are visiting with your children, it’s a must-visit who will enjoy their day thoroughly. The park also has a family-friendly restaurant to stop by when you are exhausted from all the fun activities. It is one of the top things to do in Sacramento.

9. Sutter’s Fort- 

The community was focused around Sutter’s Fort, before the Gold Rush era. The fort was created by John Sutter in 1839. Though once the gold was discovered by James W Marshall, an employee of the fort, Sutter was forced to flee. The main building of the fort consists of a two-story structure which was the same building where gold was found and thus began the Gold Rush.

10. A Quick Stop at the Eagle Theatre-

The Eagle Theatre built-in 1849 in Sacramento, was the first permanent theatre that California had ever witnessed. It is a simple theatre made of a wooden frame and canvas roof. At the time of filming a TV show, Ghost Adventures, the crew witnessed that they had seen a chair rock by itself. Ever since that day, the theatre is said to be haunted. It is one of the top things to do in Sacramento. Today, the theatre is owned by the California Department of parks and recreation.

In short to conclude, if you are planning to visit Sacramento, the above-mentioned places are worth a visit to explore and know about Sacramento. Do check out at Pickyourtrail for some amazing USA vacation packages. Also, drop a Whatsapp Inquiry if you have any further queries or refer to our Guides page.

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