Sacramento Travel Guide

  • Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, dome
    Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, dome
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    California State Capitol Building
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Sacramento Highlights

  • Pro
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    jasonmhowe says…

     Great ethnic food, good jumping off point for the Sierra and Wine Country, generally good weather 

  • Con
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     Restaurants close early. 

  • In a nutshell
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    va8eha says…

     A little of everything .. and close to San Fran, the mountains, the ocean, rivers .. 

Sacramento Things to Do

  • California State Capitol

    The Capitol is from 1861-74, and has been used for public needs since. The tours are 8-5 daily on weekdays, and 9-5 weekends. Tours last about 3/4 hour. Individually you can go through the building and see the commemoration in the basement of all counties of the State. The upper levels are mostly the premises of politicians activities.

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  • Old Sacamento

    This section of the city was the nucleus when it started in 1848 with the gold discoveries. Thousands of people came here to seek their fortune and maybe even find gold. Sam Brannen began a store here in 1850 along the waterfront, which ended up being the mecca for goods shipments in, and items going out via water river route. The commerce started...

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  • California State Railroad Museum

    The California Railroad Museum is a world class museum that depicts how the railroad resulted in the development of the Western United States. The museum which was opened in 1976 consists of six new and reconstructed buildings. The exhibits include 21 beautifully restored locomotives and cars whose history spans over a full century. Aside from the...

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Sacramento Hotels

Sacramento Restaurants

  • The Firehouse Restaurant

    Don't waste your money at The Firehouse Restaurant. Grant it, years ago this restaurant probably had a booming business. It's in a historic old firehouse and was always known for gourmet food. Things have changed allot and it's not worth your money! The service and management are horrible...the prices are outrageous and the food is nothing special....

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  • Fats's

    Fat's, in business since 1939, is a Sacramento institution and a great old-style higgh-end Chinese restaurant the likes of which one rarely finds any more. It is Americanized Chinese food, and pricier than most Chinese places, but the food is great, the ambience and decor nice, service is great, and they have cocktails, a big plus and another...

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  • Zinfandel Grille

    I have been to two of the three Zinfandel locations. The first one I went to was at a hotel in Rocklin, CA on my first night in town. The atmosphere was great but the food came out cold. I made a point of taking a trip to the line where I was able to talk to the cooks. They all seemed to enjoy their jobs and told me of the pressures of working with...

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Sacramento Nightlife

  • Night Clubs

    The K Bar is a relatively new restaurant and bar in downtown Sacramento. It is part of the Paragary group of at least nine restaurants that is owned by three local partners. It is located at the old Woolworth store site on 10th & K Street. From K Street the restaurant has an exciting look because it opens up right into the street. When I was there...

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  • Live Music

    The Sac memorial auditorium was built in 1927 and was dedicated to all the Sacramento citizens who died in war. Though it is elegant in appearance, it is very warm and welcoming...to Sacramento natives, it just "feels like home" :) In it's 71 years, it has seen everything from the circus to the Grateful Dead to Josh Groban(which I enjoyed very...

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  • Dancing

    This club has lots of parking space, compared to clubs in midtown or downtown. The age group is 18-35 yrs. old, and they play different kinds of music each day. The cover charge is between $5-$10, and they have drink specials. No hats or baseball caps, and shirts with logos. The funny thing is you can come in wearing a plain shirt and shorts.

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Sacramento Transportation

  • Cheap Transportation To and From the...

    Sacramento has a reputation for being a fairly progressive City. However when it comes to certain aspects of public transportation it is a disaster. Take the example of how to get from the Sacramento International Airport to downtown. The Sacramento International Airport is located approximately twelve miles north of downtown Sacramento. It...

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  • Cheap Inter City Bus TravelLUpdate 2014

    Sacramento to San Francisco for a $ 1? Or Sacramento to Reno, Nevada for the same price? Are you kidding? Not only are these fares available daily on Megabus but the bus is clean and on-time. What's more is that the bus leaves from and goes to convenient locations in all three of the above cities.Back in November of last year, Megabus announced a...

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  • Airport is an Ease

    The airport is fairly easy to be directed around the aisles and pathways. Claims for baggage is in the bottom of the facility.

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Sacramento Shopping

  • DOWNTOWN Plaza

    One of the best urban malls in America, this one offers movie houses, a Hard Rock Cafe, a brewpub, coffee shops, a large food court, and occasional live entertainment. It's an excellent place to watch people and chill out. The selection is huge. Stores include Ann Taylor, Bath & Body Works, Banana Republic, Suncoast, Payless Shoesource, Cingular...

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  • Fantastic Art & Gfits Store in Downtown...

    The store really has a good feel to it. When you enter the store, you can feel a sense of serenity and openness. The layout of the store is very open. The staff is very friendly. Their artwork and gifts are quite unique, and contemporary. Artsy gifts. Some items are Asian-influenced, but yet very contemporary. Their price point ranges from...

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  • Downtown Plaza in Sacramento

    One of the best urban malls in America, this one offers movie houses, a Hard Rock Cafe, a brewpub, coffee shops, a large food court, and occasional live entertainment. It's an excellent place to watch people and chill out. The selection is huge. Stores include Ann Taylor, Bath & Body Works, Banana Republic, Suncoast, Payless Shoesource, Cingular...

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Sacramento Local Customs

  • People

    They have all kinds of memorials that have been created over the years. The statue comemmorating Spanish War Veterans stood near a little pond with fountain. It was near the Civil War Memorial Grove. I decided the people of Sacramento must be very civic-minded.

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  • Information / Sources

    California statewide sales tax is 7.75% on all goods except food items. It is not included in the prices listed on merchandise but will be added at the cash register. Tips in restaurants are not included and you are free to leave whatever you want. Usually you leave between 12 and 15%. In a more expensive restaurant or if the service is exceptional...

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  • California State Fair

    The California state fair at Cal Expo takes place every year for 2 weeks and ends on Labor Day week-end (first week-end in September).

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Sacramento Warnings and Dangers

  • Pedestrian Traffic Downtown K Street

    I love my hometown but in the last few years our downtown area has been struggling with unseemly visitors in a two block area on the K Street Mall. The Mall runs from 5th Street to 12th Street and in the two blocks between 7th and 9th many homeless and other unsavory characters "hang out". They are harmless for the most part and I know of no...

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  • Swimming in the River

    Summer gets HOT in Sac, and (when I can't get out of town) my favorite way to get through it is to pack a cooler, find a shady bank on the American River overlooking a clean little beach and hang out for the whole day. My husband and I were both river raft guides, so we see some crazy behaviors out there that don't seem crazy until trajedy occurs....

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  • Bicycle Thefts

    Sac has several terrific bike trails and it isn't difficult to enjoy much of the city by bike, but I would never leave my bike locked outside. I have seen, on SEVERAL occasions, a group of bums circle a bike rack and steal bikes that appeared to be well-secured. (My local bike shop says they use liquid nitrogen and a hammer and can grab a bike in...

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Sacramento Tourist Traps

  • Not Really A Trap

    South of Sacramento, along the river, you will find the old Chinese town of Locke. It has the unique status of being the only town in the US built exclusively by the Chinese for the Chinese. It was built in 1920 and its original character has been well preserved. It is not a tourist trap or a ghost town but has authentic, genuine charm. Do not miss...

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  • OLD SACRAMENTO

    In Old Sac a train ride is offered down the Sacramento River. The cost is approximately $8. but don't be fooled. There is nothing noteworthy to see on this ride. The tracks are between the river and Interstate 5. The view of the river is nothing but water with no pretty buildings, houses or wildlife. All the nice things you might want to see can be...

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  • Train Ride from Old Sac down river

    In Old Sac a train ride is offered down the Sacramento River. The cost is approximately $8. but don't be fooled. There is nothing noteworthy to see on this ride. The tracks are between the river and Interstate 5. The view of the river is nothing but water with no pretty buildings, houses or wildlife. All the nice things you might want to see can be...

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Sacramento What to Pack

  • Weather Wise / Casual

    Sacramento like most of California is mostly casual but unlike some of the other tips for this area I don't think running around in shorts and flip-flops in the summer is all you want to do. If you are visiting Old Sacramento or some of the other outdoor venues then its fine but in many restuarants away from the "tourist" areas a little nicer...

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  • Sun / Rain Protection

    If you're visiting in the summer plan for hot weather. Dress is casual in most places, and shorts and t-shirts are very common. If you're not used to the sun a hat would be a good idea too. Don't forget the sunscreen if you're coming in the summer.

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  • Summer clothes for Sacramento

    Sacramento like most of California is mostly casual but unlike some of the other tips for this area I don't think running around in shorts and flip-flops in the summer is all you want to do. If you are visiting Old Sacramento or some of the other outdoor venues then its fine but in many restuarants away from the "tourist" areas a little nicer...

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Sacramento Off The Beaten Path

  • Fulsom

    This is a small community, with a two block preserved historic district that features buildings from the late 1800's. These retail stores are still active and locals shop there. In the middle is a Folsom museum which is open Wed-Sun 10-5PM and admission is $5; maybe takes 1/2 to tour the displays. Around the old district is new mall and shopping...

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  • Day Trip

    About a 45 minute drive from Sacramento is the famous Jelly Belly Factory. The tour is free!!!! You get taken around the factory with a birds eye view of how the Jelly Belly goes from nothing to the fabulous gourment jelly bean I love to eat!!!!! And at the end you get a free small bag of Jelly Bellys (so you get to walk away with some of the great...

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  • Tours / Museums

    Just one block up south are five or six Restaurants, Aioli, Creepville, Zacalo, Dragonfly and a coffeehouse called Java City. Two others are out of sight but not out of mind. To the west up 2 blocks stood two other restuarants PF Changs and Mikuni's. There are too many pubs around my apartment to describe. To the east just one block there is the...

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Sacramento Sports & Outdoors

  • Sacramento RiverCats

    If you visit Sacramento in the Spring/Summer and have a free evening try catching our AAA Baseball team in action. The ballpark is located just across the Sacramento River off Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento. The prices are reasonable (but food expensive) and you will enjoy an evening out watching the two time champions. Take a sweater or coat...

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  • Sacramento Rivercats baseball

    The Sacramento Rivercats are in the Pacific Coast League. They are the AAA affiliate of Major League Baseballs the Oakland Athletics. Going into the 2004 season, they are the league champions. The season begins in early April and goes through early to mid-September. Raley Field is a gem of a minor league baseball field, and a must see for any...

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  • Sacramento Kings and more....

    The Arco Arena is the home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings. It is definitely an experience watching a Kings home game. The Kings easily have the NBA's loudest and most rabid fans. If planning on taking in a Kings game, be sure to plan well ahead of time. Tickets are extremely hard to get due to the quick sellouts. Arco Arena is also home to the...

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Sacramento Favorites

  • OLD SACRAMENTO

    Go to Old Town...everyone will say that but it is true. Old town is darling with its wooden sidewalks and sleepy river ambiance. It is a bit touristy, but that's why it has a few good resturaunts and fun bars. http://www.oldsacramento.com/home.html I live in midtown Sacramento, and my fondest memory is sitting outside on my porch on hot summer...

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  • Along the Rivers

    I just had to include this shot of the golden arches of Tower Bridge, over the Sacramento River. this bridge opens to allow the passage of ships, so don't be caught the wrong side of the gate after the bells ring!

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  • People

    My VT pal Phil will groan when he sees this one! Haha. But I just had to ask California State Park Ranger Mark Hada if I could take his picture. I even gave him the details of Virtual Tourist, haha.

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