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SacramentoUnited States of America

California’s capital city charms with its tree-lined Victorian streets, elegant civic buildings, and a friendly, easygoing atmosphere.

Politicians and lobbyists congregate in Sacramento to debate state legislation. Step outside the imposing California State Capitol building, however, and you’ll soon discover an elegant, almost European-style city that enjoys a gentler pace of life than many of its Californian neighbors.

Stroll along riverside boardwalks in the Old Sacramento district, where horse-drawn carriages and fine Victorian architecture preserve the atmosphere of a booming city that was once at the center of the world’s biggest gold rush.

At Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, retrace Sacramento’s pioneering history from its days as a small trading wharf on the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers. The region’s pre-European roots are also honored just across the road in the State Indian Museum where arts, tools and stories of California’s many indigenous tribes are displayed. Climb aboard the enormous transcontinental steam trains that opened up America at the California State Railroad Museum.

Sacramento’s location in the fertile Central Valley makes it a food and wine lovers paradise, and an ideal base from which to explore California. A two-hour drive will have you hiking or skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains by morning, or swimming off the San Francisco coast in the afternoon.

Closer to home, the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area and its lakeside Granite Bay Beach are two of the most popular outdoor destinations. Within the city you’ll find tranquil moments aplenty at Cesar Chavez Park, while the manicured grounds around the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park are perfect for picnics.

The city also offers year-round festivals, a thriving arts scene, stunning gardens, quality produce and craft beers all on tap.

Sacramento has never really stopped booming, and one of the downsides of the city’s growth is the traffic. Take advantage of the efficient bus routes and light rail system to explore the diverse neighborhoods. The city’s flat layout and progressive attitude to cycling makes biking a breeze too.

Where to stay in Sacramento

Old Sacramento featuring signage and heritage architecture

Old Sacramento

The ample dining options and beautiful river views are top of the list for many visitors to Old Sacramento. A stop by California State Railroad Museum or Sacramento History Museum might round out your trip.

Old Sacramento

Top Hotels in Sacramento

Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo
Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo
3 out of 5
1782 Tribute Road, Sacramento, CA
The price is CA $129 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Situated in Sacramento, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Cal Expo, Cal Expo Race Track and Arden Fair Mall. California State Capitol and University of ...

4.3/5Excellent! (901 reviews)

"The rooms could definitely use a microwave. Having to microwave things down in the market is an inconvenience. But everything about our stay was comfortable and we’ll definitely be back"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 19, 2020

Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo
Residence Inn by Marriott Sacramento Airport Natomas
Residence Inn by Marriott Sacramento Airport Natomas
3 out of 5
2618 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA
The price is CA $103 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31

Located in South Natomas, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Discovery Park and 2 mi (3.2 km) from American River Bike Trail. Golden1Center and California State ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (878 reviews)

"I like all there is to offer, like a small private home. Full kitchen, full bath, ample desk work space, WiFi, close to restaurants, nice breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

Residence Inn by Marriott Sacramento Airport Natomas
Hyatt Place Sacramento Roseville
Hyatt Place Sacramento Roseville
3 out of 5
220 Conference Center Dr, Roseville, CA
The price is CA $138 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fountains at Roseville and Westfield Galleria at Roseville. Diamond Oaks Golf Club and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (942 reviews)

"It was great! The facility was clean, as expected. The staff was helpful and very nice!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2020

Hyatt Place Sacramento Roseville
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Sacramento

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo
2.5 out of 5
1784 Tribute Rd, Sacramento, CA
The price is CA $143 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Arden Fair Mall, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sutter's Fort State Historic Park ...

4.2/5Very Good! (590 reviews)

"Great experience loved it"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2020

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo
Arden Acres Executive Suites and Cottages
Arden Acres Executive Suites and Cottages
3 out of 5
2421 Clay Street, Sacramento, CA
The price is CA $143 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Old North Sacramento, this cottage is within 3 miles (5 km) of Arden Fair Mall, Cal Expo and Cal Expo Race Track. Discovery Park and K Street Mall ...

4.2/5Very Good! (452 reviews)

"Great for a short stay and clean!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2020

Arden Acres Executive Suites and Cottages
Staybridge Suites Sacramento - Folsom
Staybridge Suites Sacramento - Folsom
3 out of 5
1745 Cavitt Drive, Folsom, CA
The price is CA $167 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Situated in Folsom, this aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Palladio at Broadstone and within 3 miles (5 km) of Three Stages Visual and Performing Arts Center ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (489 reviews)

"Very clean and quiet :) Will be staying here on our next trip to Folsom"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2020

Staybridge Suites Sacramento - Folsom
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Sacramento

California State Capitol
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California State Capitol

4.5/5(22 reviews)

The seat of California’s government also houses an informative museum with an extensive collection of Californian art.

Sacramento Zoo
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Sacramento Zoo

4/5(7 reviews)

Up-close encounters with red pandas and giraffes, as well as a host of activities for children, have made the Sacramento Zoo a family favorite for over 85 years.

Sacramento Capitol Park
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Sacramento Capitol Park

4.5/5(7 reviews)

As one of the country’s most striking state capitol grounds, this inner-city haven is home to the Capitol Museum, special plants and trees and significant memorials.

Top things to do in Sacramento

Urban Adventure Quest - Sacramento
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Urban Adventure Quest - Sacramento

CA $25
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)
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Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)

CA $53
Per adult
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of California
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of California

CA $13
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of California
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of California

CA $13
Per adult
Wacky Walks Scavenger Hunt Adventure of California
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Wacky Walks Scavenger Hunt Adventure of California

CA $13
Per adult
Skip the Line: Folsom History Museum Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: Folsom History Museum Admission Ticket

CA $13
Per adult

Reviews of Sacramento

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 18.0327868852459%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 55.73770491803279%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 22.950819672131146%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.278688524590164%
1 - Terrible
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Nov 19, 2019

It was close to the airport , we were in transition and it worked out great

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Oct 18, 2019

We were driving to Palm Springs so we were passing by and only stay one night.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 2, 2019

Beautiful city. So clean and easy to get around.

3/5 - Okay

Msbokey

Aug 31, 2019

Pretty boring in sacramento not much to do but the zoo and old sacramento. but outside sacramento is six flags, jelly belly factory and if you drive an hour to vallejo you can take a walk on ferry to sanfrancisco. It drops right at fishermans wharf.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Mar 11, 2019

We went to this hotel and to starbucks, both of which were convenient off I5. The hotel left a sour taste for the city as a whole, unfortunately.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jan 19, 2019

Arden Mall was excellent because of the incredible Security guys. They have wheel chairs that you can use, great when your Mom has difficulty getting around. The guys that were there were friendly & very willing to help-highest recommendation!!!!!

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