The lacy plasterwork of the Capitol's 120-foot-high rotunda has the complexity and colors of a Fabergé egg. Underneath the gilded dome are marble floors, glittering chandeliers, monumental staircases, reproductions of century-old state offices, and legislative chambers decorated in the style of the 1890s (the Capitol was built in 1869). Guides conduct tours of the building and the 40-acre Capitol Park, which contains a rose garden, a fragrant display of camellias (Sacramento's
city flower), and the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Wander the Capitol's botanical grounds to glimpse the diverse collection of trees, shrubs, and flowers, including some 1,200 trees from around the world. The original Deodar Cedars on the west side date back to 1872.
Dec 16, 2002
It's important if you are a Californian. I toured the Senate, and it was pretty interesting to be able to see where it all happens, and the tour guides seemed helpful and well informed. Keep in mind that this is probably not the most exciting thing to do for entertainment.