Every town has historical gems that show its history. When visiting Sacramento, stop by the many fascinating attractions that make Sacramento what it is today. Tourists and locals alike want to find unique treasures that tell the history of the city. When people come to Sacramento, the capitol of California, they want to know what makes this city worthy of that title; let me tell you, Sacramento has a lot of history that solidifies its name as the State Capitol.
The California State Capitol – This is a building that I pass by each and every morning on my way to work, and I’m ashamed to say that I’ve often taken it for granted. This beautiful white building is something that not only tourists, but also locals must take the time to tour. It was built in 1869 and is filled with mosaic floors, stained glass windows, walls covered with murals, and a beautiful domed ceiling. Additional spots filled with history are its museum, gift shop and portrait gallery. For locals who work downtown, it’s a great place to walk around during lunch hour while enjoying the sun and beautiful gardens.
California State Railroad Museum – While taking a walk through historic Old Sacramento, make sure to stop by the California State Railroad Museum. This museum has many restored sleeping and dining cars and is a great way to see the way that people traveled back when Sacramento was in its infant years. The museum has exceptional pictures, maps, drawings, and books all contributing to the history of the railroad in California. You can even take a train ride on a steam locomotive along the Sacramento River.
Crocker Art Museum – This museum was the first pubic art museum west of the Mississippi. It’s a great place to take the family for not a lot of money. There are always specials and it is the host to many different types of art.
Governors Mansion State Historic Park – This is a beautiful Victorian home that previous California governors lived in in addition to prominent members of society in Sacramento. There were a total of thirteen governors that lived here and there are now tours offered five days a week.
The Crest Theater – The Crest Theater was built in 1946 and showed films for thirty years until the decline in business caused its close. But in 1986, it was reopened and a stage was later added to facilitate concerts. This theater has been home to many different types of events from concerts, to body building competitions to historic movies. When passing through Sacramento, this is a spectacular piece of history that you don’t want to miss.