There's always something to do in Sacramento thanks to its 250 days of sunshine a year. Outdoor recreation is plentiful with wineries, several parks, rivers, and trails. Spend the day rafting along the American River that stretches from Folsom to Sacramento. Enjoy a boat ride on the Sacramento River and take in sights like the Tower Bridge and I Street Bridge in Old Sacramento. Explore the Sacramento Zoo and other beautiful green spaces like Capitol Park, McKinley Park, or Southside Park where you'll find playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, ponds, and monuments. The 28-acre Old Sacramento State Historic Park is full of restored Gold Rush-era buildings that give you a glimpse of that time period. You can also catch a basketball game from the NBA Sacramento Kings.
Sacramento Restaurants and Nightlife
Sacramento is quickly becoming a thriving city for its urban nightlife and dining scene. Locals and visitors alike have plenty of options to choose from like fine-dining restaurants housed in historic buildings with high Zagat ratings to traditional cafes and casual mom-and-pop eateries. You can delight in everything like farm-to-fork dishes, American pizza and burgers, BBQ specialties, brewpubs, Italian fare, Mexican cuisine, and delicious delis. After a hearty feast, relax with refreshing cocktails at one of the neighborhood bars or Irish pubs. Listen to live music at a concert venue or dive bar, or dance the night away at a glitzy nightclub.
Sacramento has some of the best world-class museums, art galleries, theaters, and performing art venues. As the capital city of California, you can tour the California State Capitol to see how the local government works. The California State Railroad museum is one of the most popular spots to visit. View ancient art showcased in the Crocker Art Museum or historic architecture in the Governors' Mansion. Catch a concert at the Sleep Train Arena or watch performing artists and local art galleries display their talents throughout the Midtown neighborhood.
Getting around in Sacramento is easy because of its trains, major roadways, trails, and waterways. Interstate 80 is the major highway connecting Sacramento with San Francisco in the west and Reno in the east. There are 32 miles of paved biking trails along the American River Parkway perfect for a scenic ride in the city. Neighborhoods such as Midtown and Downtown are bicycle-friendly and most parts of the city are pretty walkable on foot. Public transportation options like the Sacramento Regional Transit District operates bus and light-rail systems through the city and suburbs. Sacramento International Airport offers various airlines flying to local and international destinations and is just ten miles northwest of Downtown.