Although Sacramento is not near to California’s famous coastline, it certainly has its charms and San Francisco is a mere 2 hours away should you want to explore farther afield. As Sacramento is such a popular destination, it has a fantastic range of accommodations to choose from. However, if you are planning on visiting California’s state capital during the summer months, be sure to book in advance as there is high demand for accommodation during this season.
You will find that the bulk of the city’s midrange accommodation is situated around the downtown area. It is here where you will find the like of major national chains such as Ramada, Holiday Inn and Best Western. If you are looking for somewhere a little unusual to stay why not consider the Delta King Hotel. This quirky hotel is housed in a docked riverboat which dates back to 1927. In addition to 44 rooms, the hotel has a theater and an award-winning restaurant.
Sacramento also has a great selection of luxury accommodation for those who are looking to stay somewhere extra special. Most of the city’s luxury accommodations are situated along Front Street, J Street and L Street. One of the most iconic of Sacramento’s luxury hotels is the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel which is housed in a restored Public Market Building.
The Top Things to do in Sacramento
Many visitors will choose to experience a district simply known as the California State Capitol. The main administrative building is surrounded by 16 block of beautifully cultivated lands and parks. Memorials and monuments can be found interspersed throughout the area and many of the older historic legislative offices have been restored to their former glory. Guided tours are available.
Sutter’s Fort is another attraction that is ideal for anyone who is a fan of United States history. Originally constructed in the 1840s, it is currently the oldest existing fort in country. There are numerous relics from this time period as well as glimpses back into the first days of Sacramento. Early artifacts left from the pioneers as well as the tools employed by those lured by gold are all on display. Self-guided tours are able to be reserved.
Interestingly enough, there are many who are unaware that Sacramento was actually named after a river of the same name. So, a lesser-known attraction here are the river rafting excursions that can be enjoyed. Note that this is a calm and leisurely ride; there are no whitewater rapids or other challenges. This allows such a trip to be suited for family outings. There are many locations within Sacramento (such as along Sunrise Boulevard) that offer rafts for rental on a daily basis. Shuttle buses are provided to and from the river and the entire journey generally takes between 3 and 4 hours (the river itself is only 6 miles long). This is a perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon, kick back and relax.