Sacramento California has kept me busy for the last two weeks. From yoga at the Natomas Racket Club to walking in downtown Sacramento on a warm September evening, I have yet to run out of activities during my time in “the Sac”. Sacramento has become my “home away from home” so to speak. The people have been incredibly friendly, welcoming, and hospitable. People I barely know have welcomed me into their homes with open arms. I have blended in with the community of Sacramento and have been giving back in any way that I can. Dog walking and babysitting has made me feel like I am at home, even though I am traveling and living out of a suitcase. The new friends I have met have joined me with excitement to be tourists in their own city. Within the state of California, I’ve yet to meet a group of people more accommodating then the people I’ve met in Sacramento. The quiet and relaxed city of Sacramento made me feel right at home.
Not knowing what to expect in California’s state capitol I have been absolutely blown away by my experiences. If ever you get the chance to visit California, be sure to add Sacramento to your must-see cities in the state.
Fun in the City:
Croker Art Museum
The museum itself is a mixture of old and new; the gallery building completed in 1872 retains its original Victorian-Italianate design with a 125,000 square foot contemporary addition added to the museum.
California State Railroad Museum
Visit North America’s most popular railroad museum and see the beautifully restored locomotives and cars, toy trains, and exhibits.
With more than 500 rare and endangered animals, the Sacramento Zoo is the perfect place to explore for the day.
Old Sacramento Historic Park
Go back in time to explore California’s golden past and diverse cultural legacy in Old Sacramento.
California Automobile Museum
With more than 150 stunning vehicles on display, the California Automobile Museum is the perfect place to be if you have a love for speed and vehicle evolution.
Leland Stanford Mansion
Official reception center and public museum was once the headquarters of the governor Leland Stanford (1862-1863).
California’s State Capitol & Museum
Tour the capitol, view the historic exhibits, and learn how laws are made.
California Secretary of State
The six-story Constitution Wall at the Secretary of State’s Sacramento office is comprised of words from the constitution.
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
In the heart of midtown Sacramento, Sutter’s Fort, built by John Sutter, celebrates the families arriving in California during the Gold Rush.
Swabbies on the River: “Famous Tacos…Famous Fun”
“From farm to fork”, Sacramento restaurants offer fresh local and homegrown produce. Swabbies on the River is a unique dining experience on the picturesque Sacramento River. ‘Eye eye matey’, don’t forget to order tacos while dining with pirates.
Other unique and yummy restaurants:
Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor, Café Bernardo, Paesanos Pronto, and the Crocker Café by Supper Club at the Crocker Art Museum.
I can’t wait to come back to Sacramento as there are dozens of museums, historic sites, centers, parks, and areas I’ve yet to explore. Next time I’d love to visit the Center for Contemporary Art, Aerospace Museum, and the Museum of Medical History. There are endless activities in California’s state capitol.