Old Town Sacramento

Old Sacramento Streetview

Credit Tom Myers – Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau

Groups heading to sunny California will truly enjoy a trot through Old Sacramento, a lively and unique 28 acre historic shopping and entertainment district and popular tourist destination situated along the beautiful Sacramento River. At one time a burnt-out, flooded-out and absolutely dilapidated part of an area proclaimed the worst skid row west of Chicago, this wonderfully rehabilitated and thriving National landmark, the western terminus of the Pony Express postal system, the first transcontinental railroad and the transcontinental telegraph is absolutely jam-packed with things to do and see! Carriage-lined cobblestone streets run throughout Old Sacramento, where more than 50 well-preserved early Gold Rush commercial structures of various architectural influences frame marvelous historic museums and entertainment venues; authentic riverboat attractions, scenic railroad excursions, riverfront bike rides and more await itinerants seeking a satisfyingly Wild-Western experience. Dozens of old-fashioned storefronts invite browsing and shopping; eclectic cafes, charming sweet shops, rootin’ tootin’ saloons and dining establishments hawking a pleasing range of California-style menus tender hungry prospectors a quick, casual bite, dust-dousing and cool refreshment or classically elegant repast all steeped in “sepia-toned” ambiance; you’ll find everything from toothsome deli delights, specialty spuds, hotdogs and olive bars to pizza, Mexican, Indonesian and fresh Coastal seafood on Old Town’s tables. Be sure to check out the California State Railroad Museum, the Delta King Riverboat and the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum – a fascinating, living replica of a one room 1800s schoolhouse functioning as a historic learning center. Need a little time to let your meal settle before hunting down dessert? Climb aboard a waiting horse-drawn carriage and be squired past notable points of interest in quaintly captivating Old Town, the “Sacramento of the Gold Rush.”

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