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  • Writer's pictureMegan MacNee

What to Do in Sacramento, CA: A Perfect Blend of Food, History, and Adventure

So many people have their work bring them to my hometown, Sacramento, California. Whether you are here for a conference, business at the Capitol, or any other reason, I often get questions about what people should do while they are here. I often encourage people to stay a few days to get the most out of Sacramento!

This vibrant and historic city has so much to offer, from culinary adventures to exploring its rich history. Join me on a whirlwind weekend in Sacramento, where we'll discover the best this city has to offer.

Exploring Sacramento's Culinary Scene & History

There is no way you'll have the time or appetite to try all of Sacramento's best spots in just a few days, but you can make a dent with a delicious food tour courtesy of SacTown Bites. Sacramento is a food lover's paradise, and there's no better way to start your day than by sampling its culinary delights. SacTown Bites offers a range of food tours, from exploring the Farm-to-Fork movement to diving into the city's ethnic food scene. Whichever tour you choose, you're in for a treat.

After indulging in the city's gastronomic wonders, it's time to dive into history. Old Sacramento, a charming district along the Sacramento River, is a time capsule of the city's past. Explore the cobblestone streets, visit the California State Railroad Museum, and learn about the Gold Rush era that shaped Sacramento's history.

Outdoor Adventures and Local Libations

Start your day with a dose of fresh air and breathtaking views by heading out for a hike. Sacramento boasts several scenic trails, with the American River Parkway being a local favorite. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned hiker, there's a trail suited to your skill level. It's the perfect way to connect with nature and recharge.

After working up an appetite on the trails, it's time to explore Sacramento's thriving craft beer and wine scene. The city is home to numerous breweries and wineries, each offering a unique tasting experience. Some popular spots include Track 7 Brewing Co. and Revolution Wines. Raise a glass to the local flavors and unwind in the welcoming atmosphere of these establishments.

Art and More Dining in Sacramento

On your final day in Sacramento, immerse yourself in the city's vibrant art scene. Sacramento is known for its impressive collection of murals, many of which are concentrated in the Midtown area. Take a leisurely stroll through the streets, and you'll be treated to an outdoor art gallery. Don't forget your camera; these murals make for incredible Instagram-worthy shots.

While exploring the vibrant murals of Sacramento, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Crocker Art Museum, located nearby. This renowned institution houses an impressive collection of art spanning centuries, offering a fascinating contrast to the contemporary street art you'll find on the city's walls.

For lunch, pick a casual spot for a taste of authentic, local flavors. You'll find hidden culinary treasures throughout the city, serving up dishes that will leave your taste buds tingling with delight. A few of my current favorites include Cerveceria for some tasty tacos or some California BBQ at Urban Roots.

Don't miss the chance to dine at one of our nationally recognized restaurants, whether it is a James Beard Nomination at Binchoyaki, a Bib Gourmand at Cannon, or if you're lucky enough to get a reservation at one of our Michelin Star restaurants The Kitchen or Localis.

Savor each exquisite bite and toast to an unforgettable weekend.

Where to Stay in Sacramento

To make the most of your weekend getaway, stay right in the heart of downtown Sacramento. The Kimpton Sawyer Hotel and The Fort Sutter Hotel are two excellent options that offer both luxury and convenience. You'll be within walking distance of all the attractions, making it easy to explore the city at your own pace.

In conclusion, a weekend in Sacramento is a delightful blend of culinary adventures, historical discoveries, outdoor pursuits, and artistic exploration. With a wide array of dining options, from hole-in-the-wall gems to Michelin-starred establishments, and a range of activities to suit all tastes, Sacramento has something for everyone. So, pack your bags, and get ready to experience the charm and hospitality of California's capital city. Sacramento is waiting to welcome you with open arms!

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