City of Golden Wonders
History of Old Sacramento
The promise of Mexican land grants brought many settlers to California in the late 1830’s.
John Sutter, one of these settlers, settled along the water and established “Sutter’s Fort.”
This settlement, a tourist attraction today, grew and flourished, bringing other settlers into
the area. Sam Brannan established a store nearby which flourished, as a trading center,
and became Sacramento after gold was discovered nearby.
Now known as Old Sacramento, this settlement
experienced the ravages of floods and fires. Despite efforts to revitalize the area after each
devastating event, businesses eventually moved eastward. Old Sacramento lost its vitality
until the 1960’s when it was redeveloped and transformed into a tourist Mecca.
Fine dining abounds in metropolitan Sacramento with its many great restaurants. Whether
you are looking to enjoy your favorite cuisine or try something new, the opportunity awaits
you here. As you salivate from aroma of seafood, the succulent aroma of steak, spicy Mexican
dishes, the zingy hint of ginger wafting from the Chinese and Asian restaurants, your decision will
only become more difficult as you discover even greater culinary variety.
Many authentic locations within Old Sacramento provide the ambience of the early nineteenth
century town. Relish the taste of an early California dish as you dine at one of the cafes, pubs,
or restaurants right in the heart of things.
Sacramento CA Attractions
Today, Old Sacramento holds status as a Historical site and National Landmark, bringing
millions of tourists to its 28 acres every year. Voted one of the best places for a first date,
entertainment permeates the town.
Experience the rich history as you ride in a horse drawn wagon, float down the river in an authentic
riverboat, or zoom along the countryside in a steam locomotive. Enjoy the live sounds of jazz,
rock-n-roll, or concert piano as you visit the cabarets. Laugh at comedians, pleasantly stroll along
the walkways, or join in the fun of murder mystery theatres. Whatever it is that you enjoy, Old
Sacramento offers things to do for any interest.
Other Sacramento attractions outside and nearby Old Sacramento range from museums, national parks,
amusement parks, including Waterworld, USA, to golf courses, the most popular one being Ancil Hoffman
Golf Course. Popular tourists’ spots include the Sacramento International Airport, Century Downtown Plaza 7, Discovery Park, Folsom Zoo, and Folsom Powerhouse Museum
The California State Railroad Museum, in Old Sacramento, is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm with
reasonable admission fees. Experience the thrill of riding a genuine steam locomotive between the
months of April and September, enjoy guided tours and daily films year round, and afterwards dine
at the authentic looking Silver Palace Restaurant.
Hotels and Accommodations
Home to over two million people, greater Sacramento boasts an extensive list of hotels, resorts,
motels, bed and breakfast inns and vacation rentals.
The Tourist Experience
From the first moment you enter the magical city of Sacramento and its surrounding areas, the atmosphere around you will enthrall you. The promise of gold brought
many to this wonderful city and the promise of a golden experience brings many to it now.