It’s one of the very oldest downtowns in California, so old that the 28 acre district is on the list of State Historical Landmarks. And the city of Sacramento has run with it. Shops, restaurants, and various other attractions dot the waterfront of the American River. There are a number of hotels to provide boarding in the area, while you take a horse and buggy ride, hop on the Sacramento Southern Railroad, visit loads of museums and so much more.
1232 43rd St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
No specific website info because it’s not a collective, it’s a collection of homes worth all the gawking you can muster. These historic East Sacramento homes are known as the crown jewel of the city. You’ll often hear about the area in conjunction with Christmas light tours, but the area architecture — in all its various styles (Tudor, Colonial Revival, Arts and Crafts, California Bungalow) — are Sunday stroll-worthy, all year long.
800 N St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Speaking or architectural, historical attractions, the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park has been preserved in its Victorian era elegance. Attractions include 17-foot ceilings, foil mirrors with carved moldings, 19th-century crystal and bronze light fixtures, historic paintings, re-created carpeting and draperies to replicate photographs from the 1870s, period furnishings that belonged to the Stanfords, and 19th-century style gardens. This home serves as a walk back in time.
2701 L St.
Sacramento CA, 95816
In 1839, an immigrant from Switzerland named John Sutter received a land grant from the Mexican government. He used the land to create a robust agricultural empire and named New Switzerland. That agricultural empire established Sacramento’s earliest settlement and the first non-Indian settlement in Northern California. Today, the fort abounds with historical reenactments, museum artifacts, and special events (including weddings). Entry prices are $5 for adults (18 years and older), $3 for youth $3 (ages 6 to 17) and children get in free (5 and under).
Hasel to Discovery Park,
Sacramento, CA 95825
Known for its gorgeous bridges, the American River Parkway is a glistening reminder that the countryside isn’t far away. A great place for riding a bike, walking or jogging, the river has its own trail system that has been hailed as “a bicyclist paradise.” Weekdays are less crowded, but anytime is the right time to take in the fish, wildlife and plant life this stretch of Sacramento has to offer. So, tune into the splendor of mother nature right outside your back door.