Seniors Travel to Sacramento

Jun 17th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

I’ve been to Sacramento (The Sacrement). Loved the city. Took in the beautiful capital building where Arnold ruled for some time. Closely resembling a scale model of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., the beautiful, domed California state capitol was built in 1869 and renovated in 1976. Sacramento’s most distinctive landmark, the capital has been the stage of many political dramas in California history. The 1-hour guided tour provides insight into the architecture and the workings of the government it houses.

Even 150 years after the famous California “Gold Rush,” visitors are still discovering gold in Sacramento. In the decades since fortune hunters flocked to the region in search of the glimmering metal, Sacramento, California, has emerged into a cosmopolitan state capital that still retains its unique Gold Rush history. Today you can find gold here without pans or mining equipment. It’s in the area’s family-friendly attractions, museums, and parks and gardens. It’s there for the taking at four-star restaurants and first-class hotels. It’s in every seat in the house for Broadway musicals and local plays. Things to Do abound here with galleries, museums, shopping and of course good food. It was fun just driving around the city and taking in the many interesting streets and parks.

Sacramento is 90 miles east of San Francisco; 383 miles north of Los Angeles, with a metro-area population of nearly 1.8 million, one of the state’s fastest-growing areas. Visitors and locals alike enjoy a day spent walking through Old Sacramento.  The unique 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park is located along the beautiful Sacramento River. Try floating down the American River, or biking the shady paths along the Sacramento and American rivers.

In addition to being the state capital, it’s a thriving shipping and processing center for the fruit, vegetables, rice, wheat, and dairy goods produced in the Central Valley. It’s also become a receptacle of spillover from Silicon Valley, and a suburb for Bay Area workers seeking affordable homes. As such, the quantity and quality of downtown restaurants, such as the Esquire Grill and the Waterboy, have greatly improved.

Visitors are often surprised at how pretty the River City’s downtown area is, with its tree-shaded streets lined with some impressive Victorians and well-crafted bungalows. Bustling with activity, the district is alive with shopping, dining, entertainment, historical attractions and world-renowned museums set within the time of the California Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad.

Seniors can have a Sacramento Tourist Guide sent free of charge using this site. This site has just about everything you would ever want to know and need prior to your visit to this exciting city. The top attractions will hold your attention including the Crocker Art Museum, the local Zoo and Sutter’s Fort. The city is loaded with attractions. Many times I have listed Ten Things to See and Do. This one is listed as 50 Things You Must Do in Sacramento so you had better plan on spending some added time here in the capital city. Frommer’s Complete Guide on the city lists major hotels, restaurants, attractions, events, maps and forums. If you have only a weekend to spend here, TripAdvisor will plan out your trip. In any event, Sacramento will be a trip that you will enjoy and remember for a long time, especially Old Sacramento. jeb



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