Gold was discovered in this part of California in 1848 prompting over 300,000 pioneers to migrate to this area looking for their fortunes. Nestled in the Sierra foothills lies the state’s capital, Sacramento, a vibrant and historic State capital. Here, discover history, old West architecture and fun!
One of the leading arts institutions in the Sacramento Valley is the Crocker Museum. Their unique combination of Californian and International arts of all mediums is truly unique. The private endowment from the Crocker Family highlights the permanent collection while exciting current exhibitions include California favorites like Ansel Adams! https://www.crockerartmuseum.org/
Located in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is a complex of historic facilities and unique attractions. Widely regarded as one of North America’s finest and most visited railroad museums, there is something here for everyone! Throughout the year, experience lavishly restored trains, engaging exhibits, and unique special events. Every weekend April-September, ride behind a steam locomotive on the Museum’s Sacramento Southern Railroad. http://www.csrmf.org/
Another great place to visit is Sacramento’s Governer’s Mansion. Originally built by a hardware merchant in 1877, Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park became California’s Executive Mansion in 1903. It was home to thirteen of the state’s governors until 1967 when then Governor Ronald Reagan became the last governor to live there. The mansion has over 30-rooms and 9-bathrooms. 14-foot ceilings, Persian carpets, Italian marble fireplaces, chandeliers and French mirrors grace the mansion. Entrance to mansion by guided tour only, call 916-323-3047 for reservations. Guides conduct tours on the hour, 10AM to 4PM. 1526 "H" Street, Sacramento. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=498