Remember the California Gold Rush in 1849? People flocked to California and in the dream of not-so-easy but fast money. That brought the idea of California Dream into existence. People began to flock to California to realize their dreams. It came to be known as a symbol of good luck and hope!
The gold rush gave a phenomenal boost to California’s economy, and Sacramento, the capital city of California, began to make progress in its development. Now, Sacramento is one of the leading tourist destinations in the world thanks to the wonderful attractions there. Want a list, catch up the best places to visit in Sacramento here!
Let's explore Sacramento points of interest and 15 best things to do in Sacramento:
1. Enjoy a bicycle ride on the American River Bicycle Trail
We thought that since normal people generally start their day with a nice jog or bike ride, so would you. The American River Bicycle Trail is almost a traffic free area. The trail weaves around the city in a 32-mile length. And all along the trail, there is some beautiful scenery that stays alongside you. A good way to start the day and a good way to start your Sacramento tour!
2. Visit US’s largest rail museum- The California Railroad Museum
The railways have always enchanted people! And now there are places where we pay homage to these iron giants. The California Railroad Museum is very famous because it holds the distinction of being North America’s largest railroad museum. It has some exquisite exhibitions which are a treat to watch! Be sure to make this a top priority on your list.
3. Witness Art from various parts of the world at Crocker Art Museum
Sharing the honor of being one of the first museums in the US, the Crocker Art Museum is California’s best art museum. With artifacts ranging from exquisite Californian art to those of European, Asian, African and even Oceanic origin, the range is endless. The gift shops are good too. This is a definite place to go.
4. Know more about Sacramento’s history at Sutter’s Fort
This place has a well-recorded history in the sheets of Sacramento. Sutter’s Fort had been the centre of activity before the Gold Rush. However, after that, it somehow got abandoned. Now, it has been reinstated to its former glory as it had. A beautiful place to visit with a rich history, if you are going to visit Sacramento in the near time, you must pay this abandoned fort a visit.
5. Take your kids to Sacramento Zoo
It is not of the likes of the Singapore zoo that you need at least 2 days to properly see it. It is just the perfect size of a zoo that can be visited in a day. There are scheduled presentations and some activities that are fun for both children and adults alike. Free on an afternoon, especially when the kids are pestering you? This is the place to hit!
6. Visit The California State Capitol Museum
This is the heart of Sacramento that pumps the ideals of history and culture into the young blood of today’s generation. The California State Capitol Museum is a perfect architecture in itself, and the surrounding park adorns the crown. There are guided tours, and if you wish to go on your own, you can do that too. Go visit with your kids and trust us it would be a treat!
7. Enjoy a show at B Street Theatre
The B Street Theatre has carved a name for itself and transformed itself into a brand that the people of Sacramento look up to. B Street Theatre has some excellent set of actors and receives great appreciations from critics, who for the record, revisit time to time. It is a gem that must not be left unseen!
8. See Vintage Cars at California Automobile Museum
For a museum that began with 5 people chipping in $100 each, it has come a long way. Founded in 1982, California Automobile Museum showcases a large collection of cars dating from the 1900’s to the present day. With the opportunity to sit inside the cars and get your photo clicked, it is a very good venture and especially if you are a car fanatic!
9. Visit The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
The icon of Sacramento, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is situated quite close to the Capitol. In fact, Sacramento is named after this church itself, in its Spanish translation. The Cathedral features on this list because of its architecture and the identity it has in the roots of Sacramento. It is as ornately decorated on the outside as its walls and ceilings on the inside. The best part is the feeling of warmth and safety it instills in you. A must-visit place indeed.
10. Visit The California Museum
Does it ever occur to you that you feel low? Although we believe that something like this cannot befall upon you while you are in Sacramento, The California Museum would be the place to go! The California Museum records the Hall of Famers in California, and while you’ll browse through the listings, you are sure to fill up with confidence and energy. And that’s not all; there is also a section that is devoted to the Native Americans. Be sure to go there and pay a visit.
11. Know about the lives of American Indians at California State Indian Museum
The California State Indian Museum opened its gates to the public in 1940. The museum focuses on the life of American Indians and how they used to live. A lot many traditional and arcane objects can be seen on display there, which in fact have been donated by the American Indians. There are shows and presentations organized on a regular basis. This is a unique museum and definitely warrants a visit.
12. Spend time on the Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge or the Sacramento River Bridge is a suspension bridge that has West Sacramento on one end and the Sacramento County in the east on the other end. The bridge was built in 1935, and as of now, the railroads are not allowed to access it for fear of collapse. It is painted gold to remind people of the Gold Rush. It is a good place to get photographs clicked and look at the horizon out there.
13. Enjoy a dive at the Dive Bar
What would you say if you see mermaids and mermen in a bar? Well, had it been after the drinks, it must have been the drinks you’d say. But if it’s before the drinks, let us tell you, it is The Dive Bar! People, disguised as mermaid and merman, swim in huge tanks in front of you while you take a sip of your favourite drink. It is one of the unique experiences in the world. This is a must-visit place.
14. Take your kids to Fairytale Town
Have you ever thought that the fairytale characters could ever come to life? Well at Fairytale Town, they are there! A 2.5-acre lush spread meant for children; it also has a museum area. There are more than 20 play areas where different fairytales come to life. It is an ideal picnic location with children.
15. Enjoy Organic Produce At The Kitchen
The people of Sacramento believe in the Farm to Fork philosophy. And the people working at Kitchen brought this to life. The Kitchen is a not so economical restaurant, but it can be kept at a side if is to be considered as a one-time affair. With only organic products used, the restaurant has seen nightly sellouts almost every day. It is a must visit place while in Sacramento.