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. 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

  • 3. Reiff's Gas Station Museum


    Mark Reiff, an inveterate collector of gas-station pumps and signs, converted his home in a residential neighborhood into a joyful homage to...Read More

  • 4. Tahoe Science Center


    Learn how Lake Tahoe was formed, why it’s so blue, and how its ecosystem is changing at Tahoe’s only science center, which is affiliated with...Read More

  • 5. Artery


    The work of Northern California craftspeople is displayed at the Artery, an artists' cooperative that includes decorative and functional ceramics...Read More

  • 6. Bernhard Museum Complex


    Party like it's 1889 at this space whose main structure opened in 1851 as the Traveler's Rest Hotel and for 100 years was the residence of the...Read More

  • 7. California Agriculture Museum


    This gigantic space in the nearby community of Woodland provides a thorough historical overview of motorized agricultural vehicles through dozens...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. California State Mining and Mineral Museum


    A California state park, the museum has displays on gold-rush history including a replica hard-rock mine shaft to walk through, a miniature...Read More

  • 11. Gold Rush Museum


    You'll get a feel for life in the mines at this museum whose highlights include a re-created mine tunnel and an indoor gold-panning stream. ...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Monteverde Store Museum


    This store, opened 1896, is a relic from the past: its final owner walked out more than four decades ago and never returned. These days you...Read More

  • 14. Murphys Old Timers Museum


    A quirky blast from the past in a stone building that survived three 19th-century fires that destroyed downtown, the museum documents Murphys...Read More

  • 15. North Star Mining Museum


    Inside a former powerhouse, the museum displays a 32-foot-high Pelton Water Wheel said to be the largest ever built. The wheel, used to power...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Placer County Museum


    Visible from the highway, Auburn's standout structure is the Placer County Courthouse. The classic bronze-domed building houses the Placer County...Read More

  • 18. 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

  • 19. Tuolumne County Museum and History Centers


    The small museum occupies a historic gold-rush-era building that served as a jail until 1960. Vintage firearms and paraphernalia, gold specimens...Read More

  • 20. Yolo County Historical Museum


    This 11-room classical-revival home of settler William Byas Gibson was purchased by volunteers and restored to what you see today. You can see...Read More

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