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SacramentoUnited States of America

Go gold panning, admire historic architecture and explore fascinating museums in the capital of California, a city constructed on the funds from boomtown fortunes.

California’s capital, Sacramento, was built using fortunes made from gold mining. Come to the city today and you’ll sense that a gold rush-era atmosphere still endures. A strong cultural scene also thrives. Visit a wide range of museums and galleries devoted to such varied topics as train travel, famous Californian figures and Native American cultures that were almost erased by the rush of gold-seeking settlers in the mid 19th century.

The roots of modern-day Sacramento can be traced back to the California gold rush, which began in 1848. The discovery of gold in the nearby Sierra Foothills led to a mass influx of prospectors and the city was soon established.

Explore the Old Sacramento area near the port to soak up the old-world atmosphere and learn more about the wave of pioneers who arrived in search of their fortune. Shop for gold rush-inspired souvenirs in the shops, take a boat cruise along the Sacremento River and hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage.

Find out more about Sacramento’s early days in the area’s array of museums. Among the most notable are the California State Railroad Museum, the Sacramento History Museum, Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum and Huntington and Hopkins Hardware, a recreation of a 19th-century hardware store.

Of course, Sacramento’s history didn’t begin with the gold rush. Prior to this, the area was inhabited by Native Americans. Inspect artifacts and learn about the lives of the pre-gold rush inhabitants at the California State Indian Museum. The museum is adjacent to Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, where Swiss-German immigrant John Sutter set up a trading outpost in 1839., to view the state-owned art collection and the memorial-dotted grounds. Art lovers will also enjoy the Crocker Art Museum, with a 15,000-strong collection featuring everything from ceramics to Italian Baroque paintings to street photography.

Sacramento is located at the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers. Use buses, trolleys and light rail to get around town. To experience a more modern side of life in Sacramento, explore the hip Midtown district.

Where to stay in Sacramento

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park showing a park, a house and a city

Downtown Sacramento

3.5/5Good!(8 area reviews)

Known for its abundant dining options and interesting museums, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Sacramento. Top attractions like K Street Mall and Golden1Center are major draws, and you can catch the metro at 8th & H/County Center Station or 7th & I/County Center Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Sacramento
Old Sacramento which includes heritage architecture and signage

Old Sacramento

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

The ample dining options and beautiful river views are top of the list for many visitors to Old Sacramento. A stop by California State Railroad Museum or Sacramento History Museum might round out your trip.

Old Sacramento
Sutter\'s Fort State Historic Park featuring heritage elements as well as a small group of people

Midtown Sacramento

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Discover Midtown Sacramento, memorable for its restaurants. Popular attractions in Midtown Sacramento include Sutter's Fort State Historic Park and Sacramento Art Complex, and you can see more of the area by hopping on the metro at 23rd Street Station.

Midtown Sacramento
Southeastern Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States of America

Southeastern Sacramento

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

While you're in Southeastern Sacramento, take in top sights like California Highway Patrol Headquarters or Granite Regional Park, and hop on the metro to see more of the city at Power Inn Station or 48th Street Station.

Southeastern Sacramento
East Sacramento, Sacramento, California, United States of America

East Sacramento

When in East Sacramento and the surrounding area, you'll want to check out sights like Cal Expo Race Track or McKinley Park and hop on the metro to see more of the city at 48th Street Station or 39th Street Station.

East Sacramento
Sacramento featuring an administrative building and heritage architecture

Central Sacramento

If you're spending time in Central Sacramento, check out sights like California State Capitol or K Street Mall and hop on the metro to see more of the city at 29th Street Station or 39th Street Station.

Central 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
£47
per night
20 Apr-21 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
£60
per night
20 Apr-21 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! (3,598 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
Hyatt Place UC Davis
Hyatt Place UC Davis
3.5 out of 5
173 Old Davis Road Extension, Uc Davis Campus At Old Davis Rd, Davis, CA
£90
per night
11 Apr-12 Apr

Located in the heart of Davis, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of U.C. Davis Conference Center and University of California Davis. U.C. Davis Graduate ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,178 reviews)

"Very clean and new feel. Great staff. Breakfast was good."…"

Reviewed on 6 Apr 2020

Hyatt Place UC Davis

Popular things to do in Sacramento

Cal Expo
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Cal Expo

Find out what's happening in Cal Expo during your trip – a top convention centre in Sacramento. While you're here, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

California State University Sacramento
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California State University Sacramento

Explore the campus of California State University Sacramento, a top university in Sacramento. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

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.

Golden1Center
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Golden1Center

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Catch an event at Golden1Center and enjoy other activities in Sacramento such as cycling.Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

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.

K Street Mall
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K Street Mall

3/5(1 review)

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to K Street Mall, a favourite shopping spot in Sacramento. Attend a sporting event or simply enjoy the top-notch restaurants while you're in the area.

Top activities in Sacramento

Urban Adventure Quest - Sacramento
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Urban Adventure Quest - Sacramento

86% of travellers recommend
£16
Per adult
Sutter District Food Tour
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Sutter District Food Tour

£62
Per adult
Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Indoor Skydiving Experience

£57
Per adult
Midtown Arts Food & Walking Tour
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Midtown Arts Food & Walking Tour

80% of travellers recommend
£64
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of California
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of California

£16
Per adult
Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Two Flight Indoor Skydiving Experience

£57
Per adult

Reviews of Sacramento

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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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