California State Capital: Sacramento
It is at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley. Sacramento, California was named after the Sacra mento River, which was named for the Holy Sacrament, or Eucharist. Spanish explorer Gabriel Moraga gave the river its name in 1808 while on an expedition to build a new Catholic mission in the area.
Sacramento became a city through the efforts of the Swiss immigrant John Sutter, Sr., his son John Augustus Sutter, Jr., and James W. Marshall. Sacramento grew quickly thanks to the protection of Sutter’s Fort, which was established by Sutter in 1839. During the California Gold Rush, Sacramento was a major distribution point, a commercial and agricultural center, and a terminus for wagon trains, stagecoaches, riverboats, the telegraph, the Pony Express, and the First Transcontinental Railroad.
Old Sacramento: The oldest part of the town besides Sutter’s Fort is Old Sacramento, which consists of cobbled streets and many historic buildings, several from the 1850s and 1860s. Buildings have been preserved, restored or reconstructed, and the district is now a substantial tourist attraction, with rides on steam-hauled historic trains and paddle steamers.
California State Capitol Building: California State Capitol Building Taking a tour of the California State Capitol Building was a chance to learn a little about the body of power that run a state whilst learning a little about the State of California at the same time, since being neither from California or even the US it’s nice to learn more about the different ways countries run things. Along with the functioning legislative and committee rooms and offices there are several rooms to see that are set up and furnished as they would have appeared in the past.
California State Railroad Museum: part of Old Sacramento, the museum is huge, with many, many train cars, engines and everything “train” related. So, much to learn about trains and really, cannot do it justice in an afternoon. There is a high-speed rail simulator, a movie on the history of trains and California, lots of “hands on” and wonderful exhibits that really let you see what train travel used to be like and what it will be like in the future. Highly recommend for families or anyone just interested in California history and trains. This was an adventure that makes you feel like a ten-year-old kid again. We recommend taking the tour guides and watching the movie. They are no extra charge.
Crocker Art Museum: The museum has an impressive art collection; some ongoing and some rotated. The rotated art includes a variety of art tastes. The wing that was added few years ago is a nice contrast to the original museum building, which in of itself is worth seeing.
Full-Day Whitewater Rafting on the South Fork American River: Splash and paddle your way down the South Fork of the American River with a full-day whitewater rafting experience with a professional river guide. Learn the basics of safety and boat handling, then practice your skills on a stretch of smooth water before launching into the Lower Gorge section, where a series of churning rapids will bounce and toss your boat from wave to wave. Steer through Satan’s Cesspool and Haystack Canyon, and make it past Bouncing Rock and Hospital Bar Rapids before you spill into calm, cool Folsom Lake.
American River Parkway: This is the number one bike/waking/jogging/discovery trail in all of the western United States. There are a ton of things to see on this trail. The path that extends about 25 miles from the Dam to downtown Sacramento is well paved and has easy access to the river. There are deer and other wild animals along the trail to enjoy. The path also crosses through a few different ‘parks’ where you can picnic, stop at a water fountain or just relax. This parkway is highly recommended!
It’s easy to get to Sacramento and lots of places to stay. On the Pacific Coast Highway 1 you’ll find:
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, California
Named after a longtime resident and rancher in this sparsely populated area of the central California coast, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is an especially sublime spot on a famously scenic stretch of coastline. Big Sur is renowned for breathtaking vistas of mountains marching right down to the Pacific, and this cove tucked into the rocky coastline – complete with tumbling beach waterfall – is an irresistible photo op for road trippers traveling Highway 1. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is 12 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park on California’s Pacific coast.
A main feature of the park is McWay Falls, which drops over a cliff of 80 feet into the Pacific Ocean. The park is also home to 300-foot redwoods which are over 2,500 years old. Julia Pfeiffer Burns was a respected resident and rancher in the Big Sur region in the early 20th century, who lived in the area for much of her life until her death in 1928. The 3,762-acre park was established in 1962.
CALIFORNIA VACATION PACKAGE MADE EASY
Another option for our California Vacation Package is the Natural Wonder. See our selection of choice below to see if it fancies your style. Please don’t hesitate in contacting us with any questions or concerns.
TravelKatz will handle all aspects of your dream California Vacation Package.
Give us a call today and see why we are a top rated Travel Agency!
Enjoy your California Vacation Package.
Relax on your California Vacation Package.
Indulge on your California Vacation Package.