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Highlighting must see Sacramento Attractions!

Whatever your interests, the options and attractions in Sacramento are endless. With a population of 1.5 million, Sacramento is one of the West's fastest growing, most affordable, and attractive cities. Small town friendly with big city amenities, California's capitol city hosts more than 6 million visitors each year. Its mild climate is an ideal backdrop for enjoying one of City's many attractions, including world-class shopping, restaurants, golf courses, historic Old Sacramento, and The Sacramento Zoo. In addition, Sacramento is home to over 40 art galleries and dozens of museums including the world-renowned Crocker Art Museum.

Sacramento’s Gold Rush history is one of adventure, ambition, and hard work—as the city’s numerous state-of-the-art museums and historic sites illustrate. From the heritage of California’s earliest inhabitants, to the exciting times of the Gold Rush and beyond, Sacramento has played a central role in Northern California’s growth and development. Today, as the capital city of the nation’s most populous state, Sacramento continues to pioneer in cutting-edge progress while remembering its past.

Visit the California Gold Rush’s commercial center (Old Sacramento), step back in time to learn about the city’s original landlord (Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park), stroll about the memorials to those who perished (Historic City Cemetery), and follow the trail from statehood (State Capitol Museum, Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park) to development of the vast Central Valley and all of California (Golden State Museum, Discovery Museum History Center, Folsom History Museum).

As Northern California’s transportation and communications crossroads, Sacramento has a special affinity for the Pony Express (Wells Fargo Museum), trains (California State Railroad Museum), and cars (Towe Auto Museum). Home to the West’s first art museum (Crocker Art Museum), Sacramento also has plenty of industrial and military heritage (California Foundry History Museum, California Military Museum, McClellan Aviation Museum). Healthcare (Museum of Medical History) and family education opportunities (Discovery Museum Science & Space Center, Fairytale Town and The Sacramento Zoo) are all represented in our museums, too!

From Catherine A. Taylor Chairman, Sacramento Association of Museums