Sacramento Tourist Information and Tourism

(Sacramento, California - CA, USA)

Sacramento, the state capital of California (CA), was founded in 1839, in the Sutter's Fort area of the Central Valley. The city of Sacramento is perhaps best known for its rich, gold rush history, which brought great prosperity to the region.

The city of Sacramento has evolved greatly over recent years and features two large universities, a thriving riverfront area with harbor, a number of notable museums, top restaurants, jazz nightspots, impressive theaters, more than 100 parks, scenic trails by the American River Parkway, and some striking architecture, including the magnificent California State Capitol Building.

Tourism is widespread in Sacramento and the city's main tourist information office is the California Convention and Visitor's Bureau, which can be found on J Street. Home to a wealth of tourist information, including detailed glossy brochures, travel timetables, opening hours and admission charges, this bureau also offers the latest tourism and things to do in the city's main districts of North Sacramento, Old Sacramento, the Midtown district, the Capitol Area and the Victorian Houses district.

Hotels in Sacramento are available to suit of budgets, including inexpensive motels and travelodges, mid-range accommodation and a number of outstanding luxurious hotels. Concentrated around Arden Way, Auburn Boulevard, Front Street, J Street, L Street and along Madison Avenue, further hotels can be found nearby Sacramento International Airport (SMF), which is 12 miles / 19 km to the northwest of central Sacramento . More information about Sacramento Hotels.

Sacramento is home to numerous popular tourist attractions, including Sacramento Zoo - containing a wealth of exotic animals and landscaped grounds; Spirit of Sacramento Riverboat Cruises - regular cruises along the shoreline, with superb views of many major buildings; Sutter's Fort - founded in 1839, with historic exhibits and information about this first Euro-American settlement; Fairytale Town - a traditional amusement park, suitable for younger children; and McKinley Park - a vast parkland located on the eastern side of Sacramento, offering a host of recreational activities and a fragrant rose garden.

Other tourist attractions in Sacramento include the State Capitol Building - a stunning landmark with exquisite architecture and an elaborate interior, built in 1869; Governor's Mansion - a large and spacious house, built in 1877 and once home of Ronald Reagan; Sacramento's Central Pacific Passenger Depot - an authentically reconstructed 1876 train station, offering scenic steam train journeys; the Historic Old Sacramento City Cemetery - the final resting place of many famous Sacramento residents; and Leland Stanford Mansion - dating back to 1856, when it was built by Leland Baron, a US senator and governor of California. More information about Sacramento Tourist Attractions and Sacramento Landmarks.

Some of Sacramento's top museums and art galleries include California State Military Museum - retracing California's military history, full of historic information and memorabilia; The California Museum - a popular museum with information about California's rich heritage; the California State Indian Museum - offer a wealth of exhibits about Native Americans, including a demonstration village; the California State Railroad Museum - celebrating Sacramento's railway history, with enormous locomotives and passenger cars; the Towe Auto Museum - housing more than 150 restored vintage cars together with imaginative exhibits; the Sacramento History Museum - with exciting information about how Sacramento has evolved over the years; and the Crocker Art Museum - Sacramento's premier art gallery, famous for being America West's oldest art museum. More information about Sacramento Museums and Sacramento Art Galleries.

Tourist attractions located nearby Sacramento include Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs - with relaxing whirlpool and bud baths, in nearby Napa Valley; San Francisco - famous for its Golden Gate bridge, just a 90-minute drive to the southwest of Sacramento; Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - situated to the southwest of Sacramento, boasting a large theme park, many wildlife attractions and an oceanarium; South Lake Tahoe - a popular ski town with many skiing resorts, around two hours' drive from Sacramento; and Waterworld USA - one of the largest water amusement park in the USA, with some truly awesome waterslides. More information about Sacramento Attractions Nearby.

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