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Things to Do in Sacramento: By JUNKET


Did you know Sacramento has an entire second city consisting of a vast abandoned network of tunnels underneath the streets? Or that, despite being located inland, it was once the largest terminus of illegal opium shipments in the country during the early 20th century?


As the serene Sacramento River gently courses through the center of the city, the cityscape of Sacramento rises majestically against the backdrop of the river's shimmering surface. It's a place where pioneers once came in search of gold and built a city where the dream of the American West was born.

Sacramento transcends mere antiquity, transforming into a thriving tapestry of vibrant neighborhoods, where the echoes of history harmonize with the pulse of modernity. This captivating city beckons explorers to immerse themselves in its diverse communities, to unlock the stories etched into its very fabric. 

Here, the timeless tales of yesteryears seamlessly intertwine with the contemporary rhythms of urban life, creating a captivating synergy that ignites the senses.


Sacramento Sights

Sacramento invites exploration throughout its diverse and captivating landscape, from the historic architecture of the California State Capitol to the natural beauty of the American River Parkway

Take a leisurely stroll along the historic streets of Old Sacramento, bordered by the tranquil waters of the Sacramento River, creating a peaceful oasis amid the city's vibrant energy. Admire the lush greenery of Capitol Park and the stunning works of art at the Crocker Art Museum, one of the finest art museums in the Western United States.


Spirits of Old Sac

As night descends upon the enchanting cityscape, an unseen veil lifts, revealing the hidden shadows and spectral whispers that permeate the most vibrant corners of Sacramento. Amidst the glittering skyline, where lights dance in an ethereal symphony, a darker essence takes hold. The Tower Bridge, its illuminated reflection casting an eerie glow upon the glistening river, becomes a portal into a realm where the unexplained becomes tangible. 


Prepare to step into the depths of this captivating city, where the juxtaposition of shimmering lights and the enigmatic darkness creates an atmosphere ripe for encounters with the otherworldly. The city’s celebrated Sacramento Ghost Tour beckons you to embark upon a chilling journey to the most haunted locations in the city, where you will:


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Sacramento History


Spanish Sacrament

The earliest known inhabitants of the Sacramento area were the Nisenan peoples, who lived in the region for thousands of years before the arrival of European explorers. They were a peaceful tribe who were known for their intricate basket weaving and other crafts. 

Their presence in the region was disrupted in the late 18th century when Spanish explorers led by Gaspar de Portolá began to traverse the region in search of new territory. To honor his Roman Catholic beliefs, Portolá named the Sacramento Valley and the Sacramento River after the Spanish term for “sacrament.”


The Gem of the Golden State

The establishment of the city we know today dates back to 1839 when John Sutter landed on the shore near the convergence of the American and Sacramento Rivers. With the creation of Sutter's Fort, the aim was to create an agricultural community, attracting businessmen seeking new prospects. 

“Here I have found a land so rich and fertile, that nothing but industry and the hand of man is wanting to make it the richest spot on earth.” – John Sutter

In 1848, the quiet town of Sacramento received news of a stunning discovery that rippled through the region like a shockwave. The hills and valleys that lay in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains were found to be brimming with a substance so rare and precious that it would alter the course of human history forever: gold. 

The discovery of gold near Sacramento would go on to spark a frenzy of activity that would grip the nation for years to come and shape the course of the American West forever. 

Miners from far and wide descended upon the area, driven by dreams of wealth and fortune. The once-sleepy outpost of Sacramento was suddenly transformed into a bustling hub of activity, as prospectors poured into the area and staked their claims to the land during the height of the California Gold Rush


Madness and Mayhem

Gambling dens, saloons, and brothels lined the streets, and violence was a common occurrence. Despite efforts to bring law and order to the area, crime continued to be a major problem in Sacramento well into the 20th century. At one point it offered over 200 drinking establishments operating within a few blocks of the central plaza. 

The city's location also made it an ideal hub for opium smuggling, as it was situated along the transcontinental railroad and close to the ports of San Francisco and Oakland.


Capital City

Sacramento experienced one of its most catastrophic events in 1852: the Great Conflagration, which ravaged over 80% of the city's structures. The majority of the buildings, constructed from wood and canvas, were reduced to ashes. Within just a month of the disaster, over 700 structures had been reconstructed, with many of them made of brick and fortified with iron shutters to prevent fire-wind fanning. 

In 1854, Sacramento was designated as the permanent home of the California state capital by the state legislature. This newfound recognition, coupled with its strategic location, propelled Sacramento's growth, transforming it into the western terminus of the Pony Express and later the First Transcontinental Railroad.

The 1900s marked a turning point for Sacramento, with the city emerging as an economic and cultural center. The construction of the Southern Pacific Railroad helped make Sacramento a major transportation hub, while the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914 made the city an important port for the Pacific trade.

Sacramento Today Photo
Sacramento Today Photo
Sacramento Today Photo

Sacramento Today


Tracking The Past

To truly experience the ambiance of the city’s history, a visit to Old Sacramento is a must. This historic district is a living museum of the city's early days, with carefully preserved buildings, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages that offer a glimpse into the Gold Rush era. 

Don't miss a visit to Sutter's Fort, a reconstructed fortress that was once the center of California's early settlement. 


“Sacramento is the most unboring of American cities."

writer Joan Didion


No visit to Sacramento is complete without a trip to the California State Capitol, where you can take a tour of the magnificent building and learn about the state's political history. Be sure to also check out the nearby California State Railroad Museum, which showcases the state's rich railroad history and features restored locomotives and railroad cars.


Sacramento Scenes: Nature, Art, and Food

The river that once brought gold seekers to Sacramento now serves as a source of life and vitality for the city, providing a place for locals and visitors alike to enjoy boating, fishing, and other outdoor activities. The American River Parkway is a must-see destination, featuring 23 miles of natural beauty perfect for hiking, biking, and picnicking

Art lovers will want to explore the Crocker Art Museum, which is housed in a beautiful Victorian mansion and features stunning gardens and architecture as well as an impressive collection of American and European art. Additionally, the city's murals, street art, and sculptures are a testament to the creativity and passion of its thriving arts scene.

After a day of exploring, be sure to indulge in the city's culinary scene, which is known for its farm-to-table cuisine and local craft beer and wine. From trendy gastropubs to elegant fine dining, Sacramento has something for every taste and budget. City eateries like Bacon & Butter and Public House Downtown are local favorites that will satisfy anyone looking for culinary adventures.


Get to Know Sacramento

Along with the Junket Sacramento Experience, the city entices guests with an array of entertainment and attractions, from breathtaking natural wonders to fascinating museums, charming shops, delicious dining, and vibrant cultural experiences. Among the most popular attractions in Sacramento are:

  • Crocker Art Museum: Enjoy a stunning collection of art representing a wide range of works at one of the oldest and most important art museums in California.

  • Old Sacramento: Immerse yourself in a bygone era in this charming neighborhood with its well-preserved 19th-century architecture, quaint shops, restaurants, and museums.

  • California State Railroad Museum: Admire the impressive collection of artifacts at this world-class museum that celebrates the history and impact of railroads on California and the West. 

  • Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park: Experience life as a pioneer at this living history museum that recreates life in California during the 1840s.


  • Leland Stanford Mansion: Take in the beautiful architecture, elegant furnishings, and historic artifacts at this stunning example of Victorian architecture and an important piece of California's history.

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