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Sacramento Travel Guide
Get Your Bearings in SacramentoWhere to Stay
In Sacramento, visitors have many hotel choices. There are plenty of clean, economy hotels and motels ideal for short visits and road trip stops. There are also luxury hotels, many of which are located in the heart of downtown Sacramento, near business centers and government offices. If you want to be near area attractions, try booking a family-friendly hotel for your stay.
Avoid: Hotels near the airport, unless you are a business traveler. The airport is somewhat remotely located.
What to Eat
There is a wide variety of dining options in Sacramento. For fine dining and adventurous eats, downtown is your best choice. The suburbs are home to many popular chain restaurants as well as friendly mom-and-pop diners. Ice cream parlors are popular in Sacramento probably due, at least in part, to hot summer temperatures. If you've always wanted to conquer a giant banana split or sky high sundae, Sacramento's the place to do it!
Be Sure to Sample: The lasagna at Biba.
Things to See
Sacramento is the state capital of California so, accordingly, there's a lot of history here! Top attractions include Sutter's Fort, the Railroad Museum and... well, the California State Capitol building. You can also visit Old Sacramento, a waterfront historic district, for a taste of the past. There are wooden sidewalks, old fashioned candy stores and saloons!
Take It or Leave It: The California State Fair takes place in Sacramento for three weeks every summer.
Places to Party
Sacramento boasts a lot of nightlife options. Locals love live music, comedy and theater; it's easy to catch a live performance any night of the week, especially in downtown Sacramento. The Sacramento News & Review calendar will let you know what's happening in which neighborhood. Pool halls and neighborhood bars are also relatively easy to come by.
Caution: Some Sacramento clubs have dress codes. Be sure to check their websites before you head out.
Where to Shop
There's a lot of shopping in Sacramento! Boutiques are usually located in downtown Sacramento or in Midtown, a highly walkable neighborhood full of small venues and art galleries. Larger big box stores dot the suburbs. For mall shopping, try Arden Fair Mall or the Westfield Galleria in Roseville. If you're looking for shops outside of the city center, visit Folsom. It's home to both charming antique stores and a large outlet mall.
Best Local Souvenir: The best local souvenirs can be found in historic Old Sacramento.
Originally established as a supply town for gold miners, modern-day Sacramento is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the nation, and it's easy to see why. Nicknamed the "City of Trees," Sacramento has numerous parks and greenways, not to mention attractive, tree-lined streets. Stroll along the boardwalk-style sidewalks or take a carriage ride in downtown Sacramento. Entertainment, unique shopping and vibrant dining abound here, and you'll not find friendlier locals anywhere. View historic Victorian houses and perfectly-crafted bungalows. In Sacramento, CA, sightseeing is at its best. Feel at ease in warm, relaxed Sacramento restaurants, where a laid-back bohemian style meets world-class cuisine. In Sacramento, historic quaintness and unpretentious sophistication create a vibrant and fun cityscape.
Love the outdoors? You'll find plenty of action in California's capital city. The American River runs through the heart of Sacramento and provides outdoor enthusiasts with plenty of action, notably hiking and mountain biking in the rugged hills nearby. Take a whitewater rafting in Sacramento, or — if you're in the mood for a less adventurous activity — try fishing or paddle boating on the river. Relax in a... Read more »