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90 miles E of San Francisco; 383 miles N of Los Angeles
Sacramento, with a metro-area population of nearly 1.8 million, is one of the state's fastest-growing areas. Visitors and locals alike enjoy a day spent walking through Old Sacramento, floating down the American River, or biking the shady paths along the Sacramento and American rivers. In addition to being the state capital, it's a thriving shipping and processing center for the fruit, vegetables, rice, wheat, and dairy goods produced in the Central Valley. It's also become a receptacle of spillover from Silicon Valley, and a suburb for Bay Area workers seeking affordable homes. As such, the quantity and quality of downtown restaurants, such as the Esquire Grill and the Waterboy, have greatly improved.
Visitors are often surprised by how pretty the River City's downtown area is, with its tree-shaded streets lined with some impressive Victorians and well-crafted bungalows. And at its heart sits the majestic capitol building -- Sacramento's most visible attraction -- situated within a large park, replete with flower gardens, memorial statuary, and curious squirrels. Inside the capitol, visitors strain to get a glimpse of California's reborn Governor Jerry Brown and his unpaid Chief of Staff, Anne Gust Brown, as they walk their corgi, Sutter.
It's easy to explore the capital of California with flights to Sacramento from American Airlines. After gold was discovered in the area in 1848, people relocated here from all over the world to seek their fortunes. Today, it's a charming town that retains its historic flair, and when you visit here you'll find a wide range of things to do in Sacramento, from touring Old Sacramento and envisioning the Gold Rush to visiting wineries.
Of all the activities in Sacramento, one of our favorites is visiting Old Sacramento. This 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park will take you back in time to the Gold Rush of the mid-1850s. Its location along the Sacramento River is quite scenic, and it's full of activities and diversions for the entire family. You'll want to visit landmarks such as the Pony Express Statue (a life-size sculpture), the area known as 1849 Scene (with reconstructed historic buildings) and the Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station (a period reconstruction complete with telegraph office, vintage locomotives and separate waiting room for ladies and children). Old Sacramento also contains a number of museums you'll want to see, including the California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento History Museum and Wells Fargo History Museum, where you'll find an original gold scale.
After diving into the historical side of the city, move on to one of our other top picks for things to do in Sacramento: visiting wineries and vineyards. There are more than 20 in and around the city, so you'll have a wide array from which to choose. It's a delightful discovery for those who thought you had to be in Napa Valley or Sonoma to experience California wines!
If you're traveling with the whole family, visiting the Sacramento Zoo is one of the best activities in Sacramento you could imagine. It specializes in exotic and endangered animals, and it is home to over 140 native, exotic and endangered species. Afterward, head right across the street to Fairytale Town, a theme park featuring play structures themed to Mother Goose rhymes, plus puppet shows and more delights.
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|New Year's Eve Sky Spectacular||Dec 2013 (annual)||Sacramento|
|Sacramento Museum Day||Feb 2014 (annual)||Sacramento|
|NBA: Sacramento Kings||Nov 2013 - Apr 2014 (annual)||ARCO Arena|
|Annual Feast for the Streets||Apr 2014 (annual)||Scottish Rite Masonic Center|
|Sacramento Film Festival||Apr 2014 (annual)||Crocker Art Museum|
|Pacific Rim Street Fest||May 2014 (annual)||Old Sacramento Downtown Plaza|
|Sacramento Jazz Jubilee||May 2014 (annual)||Sacramento|
|California State Fair||Jul 2014 (annual)||Cal Expo|
|Gold Rush Days||Aug - Sep 2014 (annual)||Old Sacramento|
|Chalk It Up||Sep 2014 (annual)||Fremont Park|
|Sacramento Arts Festival||Nov 2014 (annual)||Sacramento Convention Center|
|NBA: Sacramento Kings||Nov 2014 - Apr 2015 (annual)||ARCO Arena|
|33rd Street Bistro||French||Around Town||2||2|
|Ella Dining Room & Bar||American Regional||Around Town||3||3|
|Esquire Grill||American||Around Town||2||2|
|Fox & Goose Public House||Brewpub||Around Town||1||3|
|Mulvaney's B&L||American||Around Town||2||3|
|Paragary's Bar and Oven||Mediterranean||Around Town||2||3|
|The Waterboy||French||Around Town||2||3|
|Tower Café||International||Around Town||1||1|
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