California State Railroad Museum
Trains played an integral part in U.S. history, so it’s no surprise that a museum dedicated to locomotives is so fascinating. The California State Railroad Museum features 21 restored trains as well as a full-scale diorama of an 1860s construction site and elevated bridge. Train rides are available April to September.
At the heart of Sacramento’s spacious William Land Park is Fairytown, an oasis for children inspired by fairy tales and nursery rhymes, Mother Goose to Jack’s beanstalk. Kids under 12 are sure to appreciate swinging by Farmer Brown’s Barn to catch sight of Daisy the cow and Eeyore the donkey, or the schoolhouse to see Mary’s little lambs.
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
Built by Swiss immigrant John Sutter in 1839, Sutter’s Fort was Sacramento’s earliest establishment but was overrun by gold seekers less than 10 years later. Today, the fort is a museum educating visitors on the city’s history through exhibits as well as living history days, when guides dress in period wear.
Ever heard of a cheese skirt? If you happen to get a burger at local chain Squeeze Inn, you’re practically duty-bound to ask for one: This tasty feat of modern engineering is a crispy blanket of cheddar cheese twice the width of your burger that gets sandwiched between the buns, right next to the patty.
Take care of all your breakfast and brunch needs over at Tower Cafe, a restaurant and bakery that’s been around since 1990 and opens every day at 8 a.m. The “Famous French toast” here is sinfully delicious, while the Madame Cristo takes it up a notch by stuffing the French toast with ham and cheese.
As Sacramento’s most celebrated Mexican restaurant, Tres Hermanas lives up to its reputation, dishing out tasty dishes, many of which are vegetarian friendly as well. Sink your teeth into the succulent carnitas or the enchiladas with mole sauce, and you’ll understand why locals pick this place as their perennial favorite.
Shady Lady Saloon
The Shady Lady Saloon is arguably the most venerated bar in town, and were even named by Esquire Magazine as one of 25 best bars in the country in 2014. Started by three friends in 2009, Shady Lady has a speakeasy atmosphere, a Southern-inspired menu and talented bartenders to whip up classic cocktails.
West Wind Sacramento 6 Drive In
Drive-in theaters aren’t just a thing of the past here: Get the classic American experience at West Wind, where you can drive in, park, turn up the radio and enjoy the newest movies without worrying about having your view blocked or getting your seat kicked, all in the comfort of your own car.
Beer guzzlers flock to Rubicon Brewing, one of Sacramento’s premier breweries. The brewing company has been operating since 1987 and has won a number of medals from the annual Great American Beer Festival competition. You’re sure to love their beers, from the India Pale Ale to the Monkey Knife Fight Pale Ale and more.