Get some itinerary inspiration with these group-tour stops in Sacramento, California.
“We promise that you’ll leave Sacramento pleased and delighted with your visit. It’s a city that surprises people with its easy mixture of history and modern experiences,” says Sonya Bradley, chief of diversity, equity and inclusion at Visit Sacramento.
Explore the Old Sacramento Waterfront, a 28-acre National Historic Landmark District and State Historic Park along the Sacramento River. See early Gold Rush-era commercial buildings. Wooden sidewalks, horse-drawn carriages and living history characters provide a peek into 19th-century life. Discover shopping, dining and entertainment options.
The California Museum, the official state history museum, relates California’s history, arts, diversity and influence in the world. Guided tours, private group visits and box lunches can be arranged.
The California State Railroad Museum tells the story of the transcontinental railroad and the heyday of rail travel with walk-through vintage train cars, engines and interactive exhibits. Guided tours are not currently available.
The R Street Corridor is now a vibrant entertainment district. The area was California’s first railroad and industrial corridor. Instead of warehouses and industrial shops, R Street’s historic buildings hold the city’s top bars, restaurants, art and design. R Street encapsulates Sacramento’s historic beginnings, creativity, ingenuity and newness. Find murals, custom bike racks and the now iconic R Street Archway.
Board a City Cruises by Hornblower vessel in the Old Sacramento Waterfront and take in scenic views of the city from the Sacramento River during a cruise. Several sightseeing and dining cruises are available.
The Delta King, a 285-foot paddlewheel riverboat built in 1927, has been restored and converted into a boutique hotel with dining and meeting facilities. The Delta King is located on the waterfront and makes a good option for a group dinner to end the day of touring the city.
Main image: California State Railroad Museum; credit: Kelly B. Huston