Sacramento

Travel Guide
Sacramento showing an administrative building and heritage architecture
Go gold panning, admire historic architecture and explore fascinating museums in the capital of California, a city constructed on the funds from boomtown fortunes.

California’s capital, Sacramento, was built using fortunes made from gold mining. Come to the city today and you’ll sense that a gold rush-era atmosphere still endures. A strong cultural scene also thrives. Visit a wide range of museums and galleries devoted to such varied topics as train travel, famous Californian figures and Native American cultures that were almost erased by the rush of gold-seeking settlers in the mid 19th century.

The roots of modern-day Sacramento can be traced back to the California gold rush, which began in 1848. The discovery of gold in the nearby Sierra Foothills led to a mass influx of prospectors and the city was soon established.

Explore the Old Sacramento area near the port to soak up the old-world atmosphere and learn more about the wave of pioneers who arrived in search of their fortune. Shop for gold rush-inspired souvenirs in the shops, take a boat cruise along the Sacremento River and hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage.

Find out more about Sacramento’s early days in the area’s array of museums. Among the most notable are the California State Railroad Museum, the Sacramento History Museum, Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum and Huntington and Hopkins Hardware, a recreation of a 19th-century hardware store.

Of course, Sacramento’s history didn’t begin with the gold rush. Prior to this, the area was inhabited by Native Americans. Inspect artifacts and learn about the lives of the pre-gold rush inhabitants at the California State Indian Museum. The museum is adjacent to Sutter's Fort State Historic Park, where Swiss-German immigrant John Sutter set up a trading outpost in 1839., to view the state-owned art collection and the memorial-dotted grounds. Art lovers will also enjoy the Crocker Art Museum, with a 15,000-strong collection featuring everything from ceramics to Italian Baroque paintings to street photography.

Sacramento is located at the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers. Use buses, trolleys and light rail to get around town. To experience a more modern side of life in Sacramento, explore the hip Midtown district.

Where to stay in Sacramento

Governors Inn Hotel
Governors Inn Hotel
3 out of 5
210 Richards Blvd, Sacramento, CA, 95814
The price is CA $166 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Sacramento. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"Great place to rest after a long day of travel! The staff is excellent and the room was very clean!"

Reviewed on Aug. 15, 2022

Governors Inn Hotel
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
4 out of 5
1209 L St, Sacramento, CA, 95814
The price is CA $225 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 20
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Sacramento. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,428 reviews)
"people very friendly,really can help。"

Reviewed on Aug. 16, 2022

Hyatt Regency Sacramento
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
4 out of 5
1230 J St, Sacramento, CA, 95814
The price is CA $229 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Sacramento. Enjoy 2 restaurants, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
"The hotel was really nice but the room could of had a refrigerator and microwave in the room that was the down fall."

Reviewed on Aug. 9, 2022

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
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.
WHOLE Family - Crestline
WHOLE Family - Crestline
3 out of 5
4248 Crestline Ave, Fair Oaks, CA, 95628
The price is CA $80 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 3-star vacation home in Fair Oaks. Enjoy free WiFi. Popular attractions Nimbus Dam and Sacramento State Aquatic Center are located nearby. Discover ...
1/5 (1 review)
A real nightmare Hostel
"First, I was unable to use the toilet or bathe. The "host" was abrupt, evasive and pestered me for cigarettes for her use the entire stay. There was no t.v. or lamp or a lock on the bedroom door. In the AM I FINALLY was able to urinate QUICKLY before she came busting into the toilet. She had come ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 9, 2022

WHOLE Family - Crestline
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo
2.5 out of 5
1784 Tribute Rd, Sacramento, CA, 95815
The price is CA $130 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Sacramento. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,004 reviews)
"All good"

Reviewed on Jul. 3, 2022

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Sacramento Cal Expo
Lake Minden RV Resort-Campground
Lake Minden RV Resort-Campground
2 out of 5
1256 Marcum Road, Nicolaus, CA, 95659
Stay at this beach campground in Nicolaus. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a marina. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Discover genuine ...
4/5 Very Good! (13 reviews)
"The staff was nice. Attentive to our needs. Our time visiting this place. The one big difference was the lake. The water this time was gross."

Reviewed on Jul. 18, 2022

Lake Minden RV Resort-Campground
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.

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