Thanksgiving means family time. It also means travel to be with family. The greater Sacramento area is a wonderful place for family and family visits. There is something for everyone around here. The cityscape, museums, wonderful galleries, parks and a boatload of California history, all decked out for Thanksgiving.

Do you have family coming for Thanksgiving? Perhaps you have plans to visit friends in Sacramento over this wonderful holiday. What will you do? Need some direction? Take a look at the list here, and enjoy your long Thanksgiving weekend.

Sacramento Visitors Bureau
1608 I St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 226-5783

The Sacramento Visitors Bureau is the go-to place for out of town visitors. The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. Pick up a brochure or a map. Make a list and enjoy your day.

Crocker Art Museum

The Crocker hosts more than world class artworks. While you can peruse art from just about every era, and approaches of all media and styles, you can also simply enjoy a fabulous space. The cafe, indoors or out, is a great place to refuel after wandering the galleries. Learn about the area or find a quiet spot that suits you for a relaxing respite. Families and friends meet here often. The bookstore is worth a good look, too.

Mid-Town And Downtown Sacramento

Sacramento is known as the City of Trees. When autumn comes calling, all of those wonderful trees that line the sidewalks form mid-town to downtown Sac put on quite a color show. It’s free, it’s impressive, and all you have to do is walk a bit. While you are walking and enjoying this amazing spectacle of fall, stop in for a coffee at one of the fabulous cafes, or grab lunch. Do bring your camera, as this really is a full palette of fall colors all just waiting for you .

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Old Sacramento 

On the mighty Sacramento River is a reminder of what Sacramento looked like long ago. Old Sacramento is a very well-preserved and maintained part of Sacramento’s history. In autumn, with the weather cooling and the trees showing off their vibrant colors, this is a premier place to walk, shop and enjoy. Find out the reason that the streets were raised, creating a very real underground Sacramento. Visit the railroad museum, wander though the streets, have a bite to eat. Sit on the promenade and simply have a great time relaxing by the river in all its autumn glory.

California State Capital

While you’re here, it just makes sense to visit the Capital. Not only is it an impressive building, the area around it is superb. Take your time walking through the Capital grounds. Stroll through the amazing rose garden, stop at the memorials and enjoy the area. The trees and bushes are all marked so you’ll know what you’re looking at. Sit on a bench, relax. Your camera will get quite a workout. When it’s time to grab something to eat, your choices are varied, very good, and very close. It’s a fine way to finish off your day in this wonderful city.

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Charles Ferris is a freelance writer who has lived in the Sierra, halfway between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, for the last 41 years. In 2010 he retired from teaching after 36 years . He and his wife hike, kayak, cross country ski, snow shoe, ride mountain bikes and road bikes, year round. His work can be found at