This is where it all began for Sacramento, when Swiss immigrant John Sutter established an outpost here back in 1839. Experience what life was like for pioneers arriving in the Old West at the dawn of the Gold Rush by touring the fort, which has been restored to its 1840s state. Then drop into the California State Indian Museum next door, to find out about the indigenous people already living here.
Trains & Automobiles
Must-sees on Sacramento holidays are the California Automobile Museum, which has over 150 cars from bygone years, including Model-Ts, Studebakers and Pontiacs; also the California State Railroad Museum, where lovingly restored antique locomotives and carriages tell the story of the railroad in the West. An added bonus is steam train rides along the Sacramento River.
California State Capitol
Tour the building where Arnold Schwarzenegger formerly pulled the strings as Governor of California. A hugely impressive structure in the style of Washington DC's Capitol Hill, it's a chance to see the building's 120-foot gilded rotunda, monumental chandeliers, sweeping staircases and 1890s legislative chambers up close - plus to stroll in 40 acres of manicured grounds.
American River Parkway
Walk, bike or ride horseback along 32 miles of trails on the north bank of the beautiful American River between Discovery Park in Old Sacramento and Folsom Lake. Look out for deer, native birds, turtles and other wildlife along the way, and stop off for a picnic, a dip in the river, or simply to soak up the scenery.
Crocker Art Museum
Established in 1885, making it one of the oldest art museums in the States, the Crocker has recently undergone a $100 million extension and renovation.Don't miss the fabulous collection of Californian art dating from the Gold Rush to the present day - or the exquisite international ceramics.