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Top Choice Stadium in Sacramento

Golden 1 Center

Welcome to the arena of the future. This gleaming home to the Sacramento Kings is one of the most advanced sports facilities in the country. Made with the highest sustainability standard, it's built from local mater…
Top Choice Market in Davis

Davis Farmers Market

With more than 150 vendors and an awe-inspiring selection of local produce, meat, flowers and baked goods, this is the vibrant heart of Davis. It's justly considered among the best farmers markets in the nation.
Top Choice Basque in Bakersfield

Noriega's

Surly Basque gentlemen pass the communal wine carafes at Bakersfield’s family-style Basque institution. The fixed menu includes a procession of dishes leading to silky oxtail stew, ribs and amazing garlic fried chic…
Top Choice Live Music in Bakersfield

Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace

For fans of the Bakersfield Sound, this is the first stop – just look for the huge neon homage to Buck’s famous red, white and blue guitar. Part museum, honky-tonk and steakhouse (dinner from 5pm, brunch 9:30am to 2…
Top Choice New American in Sacramento

Empress Tavern

In the catacombs under the historic Crest Theater, this gorgeous restaurant hosts a menu of creative, meat-focused dishes (including family-style options like the falling-off-the-bone lamb osso buco). The space itse…
Top Choice Brewery in Sacramento

Fieldwork Brewing Company

Bustling with activity, this ultra-hip brewpub has over a dozen rotating taps of excellent, fresh beer. Playful variations of hoppy IPAs are the specialty (like the peachy Hammer Pants IPA), but it does lighter seas…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Stockton

Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Temple

With elaborate grounds, brightly painted statues and a 50ft reclining Buddha, this is a vibrant home to the area's Cambodian population. The celebration of the Cambodian New Year in mid-April draws thousands of peop…
Top Choice Museum in Sacramento

California Museum

This modern museum is home to the California Hall of Fame and so the only place to simultaneously encounter César Chávez, Mark Zuckerberg and Amelia Earhart. The California Indians exhibit is a highlight, with artif…
Top Choice Cultural in Sacramento

Second Saturday

Look no further for evidence of Sacramento's cultural revival. Galleries and shops in Midtown draw crowds to the streets on the second Saturday of each month for open-air music, openings and cultural events.
Top Choice Historic Building in Sacramento

California State Capitol

The gleaming dome of the California State Capitol is Sacramento’s most recognizable structure. A painting of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a suit hangs in the West Wing along with the other governors' portraits. Some wil…