By Christopher Millard

Did you ever live somewhere for multiple years and say to yourself, “Ah, get to activity x some other time. After all it’s just down the street and I can go anytime.” Well, as you may know, the clock is ticking, and there is, after all, no time like the present. Which leads us to the infamous “bucket list.” A.K.A. things to do before you die.

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Granted it’s hard to create a one-size-fits-all bucket list for anyone. But if live in Sacramento, there are just things. Things you need to experience before leaving this'” mortal coil. Every Sacramentoan knows it, but you may not know where to start. CBS Local is here to help. Consider this a starter list; a mere 5 item list that gets mind turning.

California State Capitol
1315 10th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-0333.

Sure, you’re like, “How can I NOT see that.” But have you really seen the capitol. Have you ever cleared your day, taken a tour of the grounds looking at all the exquisite natural flora native to our great golden state, taken in the amazing history at the California State Museum, or watched a free film at the basement theater. There’s just so much to celebrate and experience at the California State Capitol. You might even end up needing a few days.

Christmas at the Fab Forities
46th Street and J Street

As if the amazing architecture of the Governor mansion, or the 100 year old deodar cedar tree that’s the pride of Sacramento weren’t enough, you owe it to your holiday spirit to take in the Fab Forties holiday decorations. It’s the most heralded neighborhood in this fair city, and it just gets more magical as the year closes. Every holiday, the neighborhood puts on its best for visitors from all over California. The signature red bulb lights line the streets and houses making it a can’t miss event.

Sacramento River Cruise
Hornblower Cruises
1206 Front Street
Sacramento CA 95814

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Come gaze out over the reason that Sacramento exists at all. The river carried the missionaries to the banks of Old Sac, and provided a vein far life to settle our fair city. Hornblower will take you there, whether you want to learn the history of SacTown from a whole new vantage point, or simply want to take a dad out for a cruise on his special day. Every major holiday has a cruise associated with it, and every weekend has a 1 and 1/2 hour happy hour  cruise starting at 6 p.m.

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Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.

The Crocker is only the oldest art collection in the Western United States. Its also sporting a new look, with the the museum being updated at the turn of the 21st century. The old museum, originally built in 1868, remains as part of California history. The art collection itself serves as a narrative to California history through the arts, which sits alongside the rest of the European collection.

Crest Theatre
1013 K St.

Sacramento has some incredible theaters (The Tower nearly made this list), but none so majestic as The Crest. The stunning architecture alone makes it an unforgettable experience. The theater flaunts its historic-ism, too.Classic movies, both recent and old, are regularly shown, making The Crest a memorable experience for the whole family.

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