Sacramento is the capital of the Golden State and home to a thriving business community. When visiting Sacramento
, you will see that it has come a long way from its origins as a tent city during the California gold rush. Now it is home to the annual California State Fair
, the Capital Building and Museum
and a thriving arts and cultural scene. This former gold rush city is also an anomaly in California with its streets of Victorian style homes shaded by stately elms and oaks. One walk down the cobblestone streets will provide a view into this city’s rich past and current energetic growth.
Looking for a place to stay? Click an area below for hotels in and around Sacramento or view all metropolitan Sacramento hotels
A great way to start your trip to the California State Capital is with a walk down the Sacramento waterfront, where you’ll find boutique shops and art galleries. The 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park
located along the beautiful Sacramento River in Old Sacramento
provides sufficient entertainment for an entire weeklong trip. There are many historical sites and points of interest here, as well as more than 100 shops and boutiques. Other exceptional shopping areas include the Downtown Plaza
and K Street Mall. You will find street entertainers and restaurants in all of these historic quarters and retail districts, as well as a vibrant nightlife.
For more of the city’s culture, make sure to visit the State Indian Museum
and Railroad Museum
. The California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts
offers a unique perspective into the state’s history, and the Crocker Art Museum
is the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi. Theater venues are abundant in Sacramento as well, including the Community Center Theatre
and Memorial Auditorium, both of which are part of the Sacramento Convention Center Complex
. The Wells Fargo Pavilion
is another terrific venue for all sorts of performances. Or if you want to see a performance by the Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Opera or Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, you’ll enjoy visiting the Community Center Theatre in the convention center. And if you’re here in the summer, make sure to check out the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival in William Land Park.
Sacramento also has lots to do outside the metropolitan area as well. You can explore the gold country by driving along scenic Highway 49
where you can still see reminders of the gold rush days as the highway winds through some of the old Mother Lode mining towns. Sacramento’s central location makes it a popular spot for tourists who want to explore the surrounding area. You can make this your base camp as you visit the mountains one day, the beaches the next day, and the nearby wine country
of Napa and Sonoma Counties on yet another.
To discover more things to do in the California State Capital, check out the Sacramento
events and attractions guide.
No matter where you choose to explore, you’re sure to find a comfortable, convenient, and affordable hotel in Sacramento
at any of our Sacramento Extended Stay Hotels locations.