Filled with history, culture and plenty of entertainment, Sacramento makes for the perfect day trip destination. For those visiting Sacramento from San Francisco, here are a few snippets of information to make planning your trip much easier.
Getting to Sacramento
While there are a few different ways in which you can travel from San Francisco to Sacramento, driving is by far the easiest, as well as the quickest, with the journey only taking one and a half hours. For those who want to be car-free for the trip, you also have the option of taking the train or the bus, which only takes slightly longer.
Things to Do
Sacramento is home to a number of different museums, from history to art to transportation, and this tends to be one of the highlights for many visitors. The Crocker Art Museum is a world-famous one, with art collections from Europe, Asia and California, while the California State Railroad Museum is considered to be one of the best in the state. Other museums worth checking out include the California State Capitol Museum, the California Automobile Museum and the California State Indian Museum. For those visiting the city with young children, a visit to the Sacramento Zoo is a must, as is Funderland Park. This is a small amusement park that dates back to 1946, and has nine rides aimed at young kids, meaning that it will not take up too much of your day either. For those who want some time outdoors, head to Discovery Park, which stretches out for over 300 acres and contains everything from biking trails to fishing boat launches, or simply take a stroll along the River Walk, enjoying the views of the city skyline.
Where to Eat
When you first arrive in Sacramento, chances are you will want a quick breakfast stop, so head to the Freeport Bakery, whose fresh, warm cinnamon rolls make for the perfect morning pick-me-up. When it comes time for lunch, the 33rd Street Bistro is a great spot to eat at, as it specializes in casual, regional American cuisine. Of course, you are likely to want a more upscale eatery for your dinner, of which there are plenty to choose from. The contemporary Kitchen Restaurant is known for serving up some of the best food in the city, but often has a month long waiting list, making advance booking absolutely essential. Paragary’s Bar and Oven in Old Sacramento is another hotspot with their hearty, seasonal cuisine, while The Firehouse is a historical institution that dates back to 1853, and has won numerous awards for its food. Biba can also be found in Sacramento, which is the restaurant run by Biba Caggiano, host of a national cooking show and author of six northern Italian cookbooks.
In order to really make the most of your Sacramento day trip, you need to do as much advance planning as possible. From working out the route that you need to take to actually get there, to planning a detailed itinerary for the day, Sacramento is a day trip destination that you will likely want to return to sometime soon.