About Sacramento

by SmarterTravel Staff
Sacramento, California (Photo: Robert Holmes/CalTour)

Sacramento really shines as the Golden State's capital. Once the center of transportation for gold miners, this city has grown into an urban hotspot. With plenty of history, arts, and culture, visitors to Sactown will definitely strike it rich.

See the evolution of transportation from horses to automobiles at area museums. First, take a look at the Pony Express Monument and the B.F. Hastings Building, which once housed the western terminus of the mail delivery system. The Pony Express riders rode nearly 2,000 miles in 10 days or less to deliver messages across the country. The transcontinental railroad started in Sacramento, so chug over to the California State Railroad Museum, which has more than 20 locomotives on display. Finally, tour the more than 150 race cars, hot rods, and antique roadsters at the California Automobile Museum.

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The city of Sacramento has plenty of Victorian homes to see. The Leland Stanford Mansion is still used today for official diplomatic receptions. The old Governor's Mansion, built in 1877, served as the home for 13 state governors, including Ronald Reagan. And Gold Rush-era buildings can be found in the Old Sacramento Historic District, along with more than 125 boutiques, restaurants, and clubs.

There are a lot of things to do with kids in Sacramento, like going to the B Street Theatre Family Series, which puts on plays geared towards youngsters from September through May. Sacramento Zoo is also a crowd pleaser, and is home to more than 140 species of animals. And Sacramento has more than 600 pieces of public art on display, which can be viewed on the second Saturday walking art tours.

Sacramento International Airport is served by airlines like Delta, Alaska, and JetBlue, so finding flights to Sacramento should be easy from most cities.

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