Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Sacramento, California

Founded in 1850 by gold rush enthusiasts, Sacramento continues to be a place of discovery, glamour, history, and outdoor recreation. Though it may seem uncommon as a tourist destination, there are a number of attractions that are suitable for all ages. With close proximity to San Francisco, Sacramento is an ideal day trip. Be sure to add the following top 5 tourist attractions in Sacramento to your itinerary to guarantee a fantastic time:

1: California State Capitol

California State Capitol
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The grand State Capitol, with its 1860s Neoclassical design, bountiful gardens and greenery, and interior museum full of portraits, artwork, and other tidbits of Californian history make this one of the most beautiful buildings in the whole United States. There is also a bronze group sculpture to the northeast of Capitol Park that was erected in 1988 to honor those who sacrificed their lives for the longest war in US history, the Vietnam War.

Address: 1315 10th St, Room B-27, Sacramento, CA 95814

2: California State Railroad Museum

California State Railroad Museum
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Trains were once the veins of America, and the California State Railroad Museum has over 100,000 sq. ft. of exhibitions to prove it. The museum has restored locomotives and coaches from every era, and unlike many museums of its kind, you can actually enter all of the railway wagons. There are also a couple of refurbished cars, a sleeper car, and model trains for children. During summer, you can also hop aboard a steam train that takes you for a ride along the Sacramento River.

Address: 125 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814

3: Crocker Art Museum

Crocker Art Museum

The Crocker Art Museum was developed from a private collection that was donated by Margaret Crocker that was originally assembled by Judge Edwin Crocker in the 1860s. There is an array of Californian and American Art, European Art, and East Asian Art, including contemporary art forms and photography on display. Some pieces date back to 1848. The building itself was once a Victorian house but has undergone renovations to include a 125,000 sq. ft. Teel Family Pavilion.

Address: 216 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814

4: Sutter's Fort State Historic Park

Sutter's Fort State Historic Park
Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia/Ian Howard

The park is named after the founder, John Sutter, who was the German-Swiss immigrant that struck the Gold Rush match by discovering gold in his mill. Sutter’s Fort was originally the outpost and testing ground for crops, but since it was built in 1840, the fort had a number of jobs throughout the years, including a rehabilitation center and refugee camp after the 1906 earthquake. Visitors can see the remains of the fort, as well as period reenactments.

Address: 2701 L St, Sacramento, CA 95816

5: Old Sacramento State Historic Park

Old Sacramento State Historic Park
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Allie_Caulfield

Every trip to Sacramento warrants a visit to the Old Sacramento State Historic Park, which is located in the Historic District of Old Sacramento, or Old Sac. The park has been around since the 1960s but has been restored as a tourist attraction. There’s now dozens of shops pertaining to novelty items and fashion, a number of eateries and restaurants, and attractions that will wow visitors of every age. For example, there’s railroads, horse drawn carriages, bike treks, and river boats. Learn about Old Sac’s history while having fun. What could be better?

Address: 1014 2nd St #200, Sacramento, CA 95814

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