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Sacramento Scavenger Hunt Adventure
"The adventure begins near the Capitol Building and takes you on a well-designed course among historic monuments down through the streets of Sacramento among great artwork and to the riverfront and Old Town Sacramento! The tour requires approximately 2 miles of walking with numerous stops along the route to complete challenges and decipher clues. The game software tracks team points and posts the final score to a city leaderboard for those with a competitive edge. Using a smart phone as “the guide” allows parti leaving time to stop for a bite to eat or simply to enjoy the capitol and the city scenery. Great for families friends and those ready to have fun while seeing the city! Please note that pricing is per Group. One voucher is valid for your team of 2-5 people."""
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Sacramento Scavenger Hunt Adventure
"The adventure begins near the Capitol Building and takes you on a well-designed course among historic monuments down through the streets of Sacramento among great artwork and to the riverfront and Old Town Sacramento! The tour requires approximately 2 miles of walking with numerous stops along the route to complete challenges and decipher clues. The game software tracks team points and posts the final score to a city leaderboard for those with a competitive edge. Using a smart phone as “the guide” allows parti leaving time to stop for a bite to eat or simply to enjoy the capitol and the city scenery. Great for families friends and those ready to have fun while seeing the city! Please note that pricing is per Group. One voucher is valid for your team of 2-5 people."""
From $39.00
 
Sacramento Gourmet Walking Tour
"Come explore Sacramento's best restaurants and specialty food stores along with the chefs architecture and history that make the region an exciting culinary destination. This 3-hour culinary walking tour will take you into five to six restaurants down alleyways behind corners and through one-way streets to view and learn about local farm-to-fork menus where the locals hang out and the art and culture scenes in and around Sacramento.Along the way you will pop into venues with ingredients and libations to tantalize your palate. Your culinary concierge will be walking with the group in and out of local bakeries
From $65.00

California State Capitol Tips (23)

California State Capital

Built in 1874 in a Neoclassical style. This is the 8th capitol building in California and the second in Sacramento after the capitol moved here from Benicia. the building is modeled on the US capitol in Washington, DC.

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Jim_Eliason
Nov 04, 2015

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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BruceDunning
Oct 22, 2013

Lots and Lots of Camelias

I took this picture near the Civil War Memorial Grove. I was tempted to crawl around under the trees and look for names, but the ground was muddy. There are something like 186 varieties of camillias in the Capitol Park. Does anyone know what variety this is? Please let me know and I'll update this tip!

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mcpangie
Apr 04, 2011

State Capitol

California has a very attractive, ornate state capitol building. The third capitol building in Sacramento, it was begun in 1860 and completed in 1874. Although broadly similar in its basic neo-classical design similar to the U.S. Capitol, it has many unique elements and rich detail. The interior, in particular, is more Victorian than neo-classical and clearly shows the mid-19th century Victorian character of the building, contrasting with outwardly somewhat similar, later Beaux-Arts buildings. This capitol has a very aesthetically appealing layout and the combination of the dark dome one white structure gives an aesthetcially interesting appearance. The inside is extremely ornate, with numerous shutters, dark, richly detailed woodwork, and much gilded decoration. The building is well-maintained, despite constant need for small repairs here and there, having undergone a major renovation and seismic retrofit in the early 1980s.

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WulfstanTraveller
Aug 10, 2009
 
 
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A Very Nice Capitol

Having grown up in California, one trip every school-age child must make is to our fair capital, Sacramento. From Southern California, it was a hectic day - getting to school way too early in order to board a bus to take us to the airport to fly us to Sacramento (with a stopover in San Francisco).

That said, it was a fun trip. Our capitol building is especially beautiful and it's free, so it makes for a nice stop if you're visiting the city. It's not too far from Old Sacramento or from the freeway so it isn't too out of your way. There is a lot of street parking available around the capitol and, if you don't mind dodging some schoolchildren making their trek for Civics class, you can learn quite a bit about California history, which, in my opinion, is quite interesting. We were our own country, ya know, for all of about 5 minutes.

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DueSer
Jan 29, 2009

California State Capitol

The California State Capitol is very visitor-friendly. It is open even during Saturdays and Sundays. I visited on a Sunday and joined a free tour of the building. The guide was both informative and entertaining. Our group was allowed to view the legislators at work from the balcony. Apparently, they were working overtime (on a Sunday) because of a budget impasse. It's really amazing to see our elected officials at work.

Behind the Capitol is a beautiful park. The Vietnam War Memorial there is a poignant reminder of the lives lost in that conflict. Fittingly, beside the memorial is a rose garden.

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cheap_tourist
Jul 08, 2005

California State Capitol Building

The capital of the state of California, Sacramento is located 90 miles northeast of San Francisco and 383 miles north of Los Angeles. California's Capitol building was designed by architects M.F. Butler and Reuben Clark in the Roman Corinthian style. Work began in 1860 and ended in 1874 at the cost of $245 million.

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Phalaenopsis03
May 29, 2004

California's Capitol

Okay... It's been a long time since I've seen this, but I think there's a tile floor mural showing the state seal somewhere. Also, as I know it, you can see the state secretary and the state treasurer sometimes, but unfortunately, the Governator is off limits.

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einstein47
Mar 23, 2004

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"A Very Nice Community and Climate"
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The Tree Tour

My favorite tree was the Saucer Magnolia at the Capitol Park. You can go on a Tree Tour, in fact the Sacremento Tree Foundation has brochures that you can download before you travel. The major trees are labelled, but I don't know about the different varieties of Camellias.

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mcpangie
Feb 28, 2004

Pioneer Camellia Grove

In this picture you can see a handful of camellia, from the distance. I created a travelogue with lots of close-ups of the flowers I saw.

I took these pictures in February, a wonderful time to see the trees in Capitol Park. It was so fragrant, very lovely.

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mcpangie
Feb 28, 2004

Pioneer Camellia Grove

The inspcription says...

Established as a living memorial to the early builders of California in recognation of their courage, determination & contribution towards progress in this community & our Golden State. Dedicated June 7, 1953 by the Sacramento County Parlors of the Native Sons & Daughters of the Golden West.


The tradition started about a hundred years before this plaque.

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mcpangie
Feb 28, 2004

Civil War Memorial Grove

The inscription says:

This Grove Of Trees: As saplings, transplanted from southern battlefields was dedicated to the memory of Union Veterans of the Civil War and presented to the State of California May 1, 1887 by the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic of California and Nevada.

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mcpangie
Feb 28, 2004

Things to Do Near California State Capitol

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California Museum

The state history museum is worth a visit although a little light on content. The museum is just a few blocks south of the Capital and includes exhibits on the history of California along with a hall...
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Crocker Art Museum

Modern and cultural art in a historic mansion. The mansion and the original art collection was owned by Judge Edwin Crocker who built the mansion in 1868. It was donated to the city by his widow in...
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California State Military Museum

This is a fairly small and often ignored, though pretty interesting museum. It may not be a must-see for everyone, obviously, but I highly recommend it and it is right in the must-see area of Old...
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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...
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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...
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State Indian Museum

This is another one of those attractions in Sacramento, that I didn't know about, until only a week ago. I was told about this museum, but didn't know it was right next to Sutter's Fort. I thought it...
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Getting to California State Capitol

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10th and L Streets

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  • Sunday Closed
  • Monday 08:00 to 18:00
  • Tuesday 08:00 to 18:00
  • Wednesday 08:00 to 18:00
  • Thursday 08:00 to 18:00
  • Friday 08:00 to 18:00
  • Saturday 09:00 to 17:00

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