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Sacramento, California: Overlooked tourist attraction

Wilson Jone |
Sacramento, California's capital city, is sometimes overlooked by tourists but for no reason: called the "Camellia capital of the world" "City of Trees" and the "River City", the city has a lot to offer, from historic attractions to great food and great nature around it.

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ef="" rel="lightbox">Drawn to the affordable cost of living and mild temperatures with plenty of sunshine, people find Sacramento to be one of the most desirable destinations in the U.S. Sacramento is located in central California which makes it ideal for all kinds of lives. It is the city where you can equally enjoy business, a hectic nightlife and street art at its finest. As America's Farm-to-Fork Capital, the region is bursting with food all year long. So, where to start? As an old saying would say: First we eat, then we do everything else. So let's start with the food because...

The Dine Downtown Restaurant Week is back! For 11 days, from January 11-21, 35 of Downtown’s finest restaurants offer special 3-course dining experiences for $35. February 6-11, brings pork-packed menus, Capitol Beer Fest with good music and food trucks takes place in March, and there are Woodland Tomato Festival, Farm-to-Fork Festival... yummy events are keep pilling through the year and for all you foodies in search for a good meal in the U.S., Sacramento is a place to be for a breakfast, lunch and dinner. After a good meal it is time for the first attraction.

The bridge across the Sacramento River you can't miss because it connects West Sacramento to downtown East Sacramento. Being built in 1934, that art deco-style bridge found its place in the National Register of Historic places. Contrary to some other cities, Sacramento has a beautiful State Capitol building. Dating back to 1860s, a Neoclassical style building is surrounded with gardens and trees of all kinds including the Victorian-designed World Peace Rose Garden. No wonder they describe it as one of the most beautiful Capitol buildings in the country.

Museums are another unexpected story in Sacramento as they are not typically American war related. In the California State Railroad Museum you can see locomotives and railway coaches dating from 1862 to 1944 and you enter almost all of them to capture the spirit of the Old West. The Crocker Art Museum hosts impressive collection of California art as well as European works from 1860 to the present. You may rent it for all kinds of events. And there is the California Automobile Museum with a collection of vintage cars dating back to 1885. Here you can also enjoy Drive-in Movie Nights during summer time.

Old Sacramento, with its cobblestone streets running along the Sacramento River, was once the city center but after people realized they can't live with constant floods, the city was raised, life moved, and Old Sacramento was left to become the red light district. In mid-20th century, the area was redeveloped and today its 28 acres of more than 50 historic buildings are a National Historic Landmark and home to great shops, souvenirs, arts, gifts and jewelry and many restaurants and hotels.

While you are walking around, you will see a numbers of murals embellishing streets across the city. Strolling here and there, you will inevitably come across the Sacramento farmer’s market, a testament to Sacramento's agrarian past. Interesting enough, you can enjoy this farmer's market any time of year. You can also visit the capitol and take a tour of the Governor's Mansion State Historic Park with some good eateries nearby, or choose to dine by the water and sit outside at one of the many restaurants along the Sacramento River.

After that there is a places you shouldn't miss, the "jewel of Sacramento", the American River Parkway. That a 23-mile (37 km) parkway runs along the American River throughout Sacramento County with picnic sites, golfing and softball fields, parks, and almost 50 kilometers long Jedediah Smith National Recreation Trail, great for cyclists, inline skating, jogging, horse riding, or just enjoying on foot. After Trail activities you may combine shopping and eating or have a nice picnicking/napping afternoon beneath a shady tree.

If you head out of town, River Road Scenic Byway goes through a complex system of rivers and canals of California's Delta. It flows from Sacramento and San Joaquin River along which you can see great scenery and nice Californian towns. Among them Isleton stands out as a great town to stop and visit some of its many good restaurants. The city has many preserved the 19th-century era storefronts along its main street. Nice climate, good food, great nature, what else a tourist can want?

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