Sacramento

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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

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Old Sacramento

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Old Sacramento

Top hotels in Sacramento

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento
2.5 out of 5
321 Bercut Dr, Sacramento, CA
HK$503
per night
Feb 27 - Feb 28

Located in Downtown Sacramento, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of American River Bike Trail and Discovery Park. K Street Mall and Golden1Center are also within ...

3.4/5Good! (3,474 reviews)

"When we drove down the street to the hotel we were immediately disappointed. Trash and homeless people everywhere. The property grounds themselves could use a good cleaning as well. Once inside the lobby things were a lot better. The staff is what saves this hotel. The breakfast area/lobby was up ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Sacramento
Wyndham Garden Sacramento Airport Natomas
Wyndham Garden Sacramento Airport Natomas
3.5 out of 5
2298 Terracina Drive, Sacramento, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
HK$905
per night
Mar 15 - Mar 16

Located in North Natomas, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Golden1Center, Sacramento Convention Center and California State Capitol. Arden Fair Mall and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (43 reviews)

"Amazing staff and service, super attentive and personalized to my needs. They happily accommodated my early check-in and late departure (weird flight times), and the shuttle was prompt and well-driven. Rooms are bright, beautiful, and modern with comfy beds. I also enjoyed taking advantage of the ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2020

Wyndham Garden Sacramento Airport Natomas
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
4 out of 5
1209 L St, Sacramento, CA
HK$1,466
per night
Mar 13 - Mar 14

Located in Downtown Sacramento, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Community Center Theater, K Street Mall and California State Capitol. Sacramento Convention ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,818 reviews)

"The conference food was garbage. The paid buffet food progressively got worse over the days and wayy overpriced, you have to walk outside down the street to the gym and it was really cold (~40 degrees), also I didn't get a good vibe from the city of Sacramento, streets seemed desolate and only full ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Feb 2020

Hyatt Regency Sacramento

Popular things to do in Sacramento

California State Capitol
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California State Capitol

4/5(6 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(1 review)

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.

Crocker Art Museum
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Crocker Art Museum

5/5(1 review)

Once the mansion of a wealthy state judge, Crocker Art Museum is now one of the most important collections of art in California.

Top activities in Sacramento

Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)
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Tastings at 400+ West Coast Wineries (Priority Wine Pass)

HK$311
Per adult
Urban Adventure Quest - Sacramento
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Urban Adventure Quest - Sacramento

86% of travellers recommend
HK$59
Per adult
The Original Paint Nite Sacramento by Yaymaker
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The Original Paint Nite Sacramento by Yaymaker

HK$210
Per adult
Historic River Cruise on the Sacramento River
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Historic River Cruise on the Sacramento River

86% of travellers recommend
HK$155
Per adult
Indoor Skydiving Experience
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Indoor Skydiving Experience

HK$543
Per adult
Operation city Quest of California
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Operation city Quest of California

80% of travellers recommend
HK$78
Per adult

Reviews of Sacramento

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 29, 2020

Visit Old Sacramento

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Sep 7, 2019

Went to Railway museum, we got there for 10am when it opened, watch the short video at 10:45, then the guided tourer follows on, both very informative. The Old Town is worth a visit, downtown is poor for a State Capital.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 7, 2019

I loved the old town. Everyone I met was very friendly and wecoming. No pressure to buy in the stores but just really helpful. I can't wait to come back!

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