Authentic Sacramento Immersion at Your Fingertips

By Mahealani Schuman

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It’s been known as the Big Tomato, the Almond Capital of the World, and even River City, but as far as your travel itinerary is concerned, Sacramento is your newest excuse for a Northern California adventure! Welcome to the sixth-largest city in the Golden State, a metropolitan social hub that plays host to everything from critically acclaimed art to internationally renowned cuisine.

A Mediterranean climate dominated by sunshine will keep you on your toes in the City of Trees, where a winning assemblage of local attractions awaits your discovery. Take to Sacramento's streets to for a cultural experience equal parts exciting and rejuvenating. Check out our compilation of top local landmarks in the Sacramento region to redefine your understanding of Sacramento sights and sounds. Keen to know more? Check out the top travel guides over at Trip101.

1. California State Railroad Museum

Strike this staple Sacramento attraction from your California bucket list: history comes alive at the California State Railroad Museum. Get in line for an immersive Sacramento experience upon educational grounds for America’s “iron horse.” Witness a wonderful assemblage of restored engines, train cars, and more, amid a constantly rotating series of exhibits and displays.

From its family-friendly Monday story time to its seasonal Polar Express experience, the California State Railroad Museum is the perfect place to beat a rainy day, celebrate a birthday or anniversary, or simply educate yourself on one of North America’s founding forces. Since 1976, the California State Railroad Museum has contributed to the Sacramento identity, and today provides locals and visitors alike with an excuse to lose themselves in America’s transportation pastime. Look to make yourself the museum’s next satisfied guest at this staple Sacramento site.

2. Crocker Art Museum

A virtual time capsule of California history, this witness to Sacramento past and present features works dating back to the days of the Gold Rush. Its exhibits are constantly changing, so there’s always a reason to return if you’ve already walked the museum’s halls. On-site events include immersive exhibit explanations, family-friendly hand painting, and more.

Affordable entry prices and rich with artistic mastery make the Crocker Art Museum the go-to haven for true art lovers in the Sacramento region. The museum’s collections include historic European paintings, entire portfolios of ceramic works, and even contemporary contributions from local modern artists. Jump at the chance to visit this award-winning California venue—one more reason to provide yourself the unbridled Sacramento experience.

3. Discovery Park

For as much as Sacramento’s endless museum variety tells the story of the region’s dynamic past, it can’t provide you with the recreational opportunities available at Discovery Park. If you can dream it, you can do it at Discovery Park; the site hosts everything from on-site fishing and active boat launches to a 32-mile bike trail. Gaze upon the junction of the American and Sacramento Rivers, while you cook up a barbecue, fire up the boat, or simply walk the landmark’s peaceful grounds.

This personalized outing is only waiting for your indulgence. The number of intimate picnic spaces is to be outdone only by the sheer amount of sunshine the graces its grounds, and there’s always rejuvenation to be found under a shady tree nearby. The park also regularly hosts music festivals and events of all kinds, so be sure to check the Sacramento Parks & Recreation website for the latest events in the making. Provide the entire family with a well-earned day of fun at Discovery Park in Sacramento, and check out Capitol Park and William Land Park for more opportunities for outdoor exploration.

4. B Street Theatre

You’ll most likely recognize the B Street Theatre by its pale blue complexion—and the long line of prospective guests out the door. Widely recognized in the immediate Sacramento area, the B Street Theatre has long since impressed local theatre-goers and visitors, both with the wide variety of its shows, and with a professionalism uncharacteristic of a smaller venue.

With a well-balanced listing of concerts, shows, and theatrical performances, B Street Theatre regularly delivers a critically acclaimed performance that can beat any slow Sacramento night. Whether it’s a comedic smash or long-rehearsed play, there’s never a bad night to attend this local staple. Strap yourself in for the laughs, tears, and adventures to which Sacramento theatre-goers are treated, and call yourself a member of the B Street family!

5. American River Bicycle Trail

Your next excuse to get out and see Sacramento nature doesn’t come pre-packed any better than this. Nationally renowned as one of the premiere bike paths in all of America, the American River Bicycle Trail does well to introduce you to delicate riverside settings, overarching treetops, and organic rejuvenation. Easily fall in love with the crunch of soft dirt under your bike tires when you become the American River Bicycle Trail’s newest enthusiast.

Note that the trail remains exclusively available for non-motorized use; you’re free to roam awe-inspiring Sacramento spaces away from vehicular interference. What’s more, you’ll be traveling a portion of the famed American Discovery Trail, a coast-to-coast trail experience that spans the length of the entire United States! Find yourself on a bike anywhere between Discovery Park and Old Sacramento to punch your ticket as a true Sacramento adventurer.

Glamping in Sacramento

Complete your Sacramento experience with any one of these fine examples of local hospitality. We have some really beautiful glamping properties nearby—and even one right in the heart of the city. Check out Trip101’s for a full list of other hotel and vacation rental recommendations for a night's stay downtown or take a look as these glamping city getaways.

Luxury Riverboat Accommodations on Sacramento River

This luxury glamping riverboat accommodation is located on the Sacramento River right in the heart of downtown. All amenities are provided, guests have a choice of different rooms, and each room boasts a different view. This is perfect for a romantic getaway to the city!

Rustic and Unique A-Frame Rental Among the Tahoe National Forest

Located roughly an hour outside of the city, this beautiful cabin is the perfect distance for a day trip. Enjoy your day in the city, adventuring to all the great attractions, and return back to your cabin to have a relaxing evening in nature. At two minutes from historic Nevada City, guests can spend a day at the local shops and gourmet restaurants. For a true glamping adventure, the cabin is location near the Yuba River, hiking and biking trails, Scotts Flat Reservoir, and Tahoe National Forest. The cabin is perfect for a family and friends getaway, with room for up to seven guests.

Unique and Secluded Dome Getaway near Sacramento

This unique and secluded dome rental is located in Pioneer, one of the historic California Gold Rush towns, and is just an hour and 15 minutes from Sacramento. The dome can sleep up to 10 guests, and even has room for your pets, too. Take a fews days to enjoy your stay here, and head into the city or over to Kirkwood Ski Resort. The ares is also known for its many mountains, streams, and high Sierra lakes.

Stunning and Secluded Lakeside Getaway in Grass Valley

Tucked away in the trees, guests will feel totally relaxed and surrounded by nature in the stunning cabin rental. With an open floor plan and wall-to-wall sliding glass doors, guests can enjoy feeling connected to the bright and airy atmosphere of this property. This cabin is ideal for up to four friends and a pet.

Rustic Cabin Tents for Four Set on the American River

Located directly on the American River in Sacramento, these riverfront cabin tents are glamping at its best. At approximately a 30-minute drive from the city, each tent can accommodate up to four guests. Take a trip to the the city or a thrilling adventure down the river, where there are endless experiences to be had.


No matter your reason for venturing into the Sacramento region, treat yourself to a diversified Northern California experience—complete with day trips, outdoor adventures, and city views and opportunities alike!