Sacramento and the Gold Country

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Sacramento and the Gold Country - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. California State Railroad Museum

    Old Sacramento | Museum/Gallery

    Sprawling over three floors and taking up the equivalent of 2½ acres of space, this museum celebrates the history of trains from their 19th...Read More

  • 2. Capitol

    Downtown | Government Building

    Built in 1869 and topped by a 128-foot gilded dome, the Capitol functions as both a working museum and the active seat of California's government...Read More

  • 3. Crocker Art Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Established in 1885, Sacramento's premier fine-arts museum specializes in California art, European master drawings, and international ceramics...Read More

  • 4. Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

    Downtown | Historic Home

    In 1856, this structure's original owner built a modest two-story row house purchased a few years later by Leland Stanford, a railroad baron...Read More

  • 5. California Automobile Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    More than 120 automobiles—from Model Ts, Hudsons, and Studebakers to modern-day electric-powered ones—are on display at this museum that pays...Read More

  • 6. California Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Showcasing longtime and temporary residents who helped elevate the Golden State, this museum displays artifacts from the State Constitution...Read More

  • 7. Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station

    Old Sacramento | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    At this reconstructed 1876 depot there's rolling stock to admire and a typical waiting room. On summer weekends and a few other times, a train...Read More

  • 8. Huntington, Hopkins & Co. Hardware Store

    Old Sacramento | Museum/Gallery

    Picks, shovels, and other paraphernalia used by gold-rush miners are on display at this re-creation of a 19th-century hardware store that also...Read More

  • 9. Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum

    Old Sacramento | Museum/Gallery

    A kid-friendly attraction that shows what one-room schoolhouses were like in central California and the Sierra foothills in the late 1800s,...Read More

  • 10. State Indian Museum

    Midtown | Museum/Gallery

    Adjacent to Sutter's Fort, this small but engaging museum explores the lives and history of California's native peoples. Arts-and-crafts displays...Read More

  • 11. Sutter's Fort

    Midtown | Museum Village

    German-born Swiss immigrant John Augustus Sutter founded Sacramento's earliest Euro-American settlement in 1839. A self-guided tour includes...Read More

  • 12. Governor's Mansion

    Midtown | Historic Home

    This 15-room Italianate mansion was built in 1877 and used by the state's chief executives from the early 1900s until 1967, when Ronald Reagan...Read More

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