Top things to do

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…
Top Choice Museum in Sacramento

Crocker Art Museum

Housed in the Crocker family's ornate Victorian mansion (and sprawling additions), this museum is stunning as much for its striking architecture (old and new) as its collections. There are some very fine works by bo…
Top Choice Californian in Sacramento

Kitchen Restaurant

Husband-and-wife team Randall Selland and Nancy Zimmer's cozy dining room in the northeast 'burbs is the pinnacle of Sacramento’s food experience. Their demonstration dinners focus on — what else? — local, seasonal,…
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…
Cultural in Sacramento

Second Saturday

Every second Saturday the galleries and shops in Midtown draw people of all ages to the streets, with open-air music and cultural events.
Fair in Sacramento

California State Fair

Since its inception in 1854, the state fair has had horse racing and blue-ribbon livestock and agricultural exhibits showcasing California's bounty. The deep-fried Snickers is a newer addition.
Museum in Sacramento

California State Railroad Museum

At Old Sac’s north end is this impressive collection of railcars and locomotives ranging in size from miniature to true scale. While the candy-coated recounting of the struggles of those who laid the track is unsett…
Historic Site in Sacramento

Old Sacramento State Historic Park

The historic river port next to Downtown, Old Sacramento remains the city's stalwart tourist draw. The old-fashioned Gold Rush-era atmosphere and the pervasive aroma of saltwater taffy make it good for a stroll, esp…
Californian in Sacramento

Grange Restaurant & Bar

On the ground floor of the Citizen Hotel, this upscale seasonal restaurant will introduce you to the locally sourced flavors of the Sacramento Valley.
Modern American in Sacramento

Mulvaney’s B&L

With an obsessive commitment to seasonality, the menu at this swank, converted 19th-century firehouse includes delicate pastas and grilled meats that change every day.