Sacramento and the Gold Country Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Sacramento and the Gold Country - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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American River Bicycle Trail

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The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, as it's formally called, runs for 32 miles from Old Sacramento to Beals Point in Folsom. Walk or ride...

Angels Camp Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Gold-rush relics are on display here: photos, rocks, petrified wood, blacksmith and mining equipment, even a horse-drawn hearse. The...

Apple Hill

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

During the fall harvest season (September through December), the members of the Apple Hill Growers Association open their orchards and...

Artery

  • Museum/Gallery

The work of Northern California craftspeople is displayed at the Artery, an artists' cooperative that includes decorative and functional...

Bernhard Museum Complex

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Party like it's 1889 at this space whose main structure opened in 1851 as the Traveler's Rest Hotel and for 100 years was the residence...

Calaveras Big Tree State Park

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The park protects hundreds of the largest and rarest living things on the planet—magnificent giant sequoia redwood trees. Some are...

California Automobile Museum

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More than 150 vintage automobiles—including Model Ts, Hudsons, Studebakers, Pontiacs, and other bygone makes and models—are on display...

California Cavern

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A ½-mile subterranean trail winds through large chambers and past underground streams and lakes. There aren't many steps to climb, but...

California Museum

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Some of the exhibits at this celebration of all things California are high-tech and interactive, but there are also scores of archival...

California State Railroad Museum

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Near what was the terminus of the transcontinental and Sacramento Valley railroads, this 100,000-square-foot museum is a re-creation...

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