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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.
Fly to Sacramento with American Airlines and enjoy an educational, relaxing time. Browse flights and starting planning your getaway today.