Ramblers along the Sacramento River can soak up California history in Old Town, savor alfresco dining on the water, and raise a cheer for Triple-A baseball.
Except as noted, area code is 916 and locations are in Sacramento.
TRAINS AND BOATS California State Railroad Museum Gorgeously restored rolling stock such as an 1863 Southern Pacific locomotive; also six-mile excursions by steam train alongside the Sacramento River. 125 I St., 445-6645, csrmf.org . Hornblower Historic River Tours Hour-long boat cruises up and down the waterfront. 1206 Front St., (888) 467-6256, hornblower.com .
HERITAGE Old Sacramento State Historic Park A 28-acre area of storefronts and wooden sidewalks from the 1850s, ’60s, and ’70s. Between Front and Second streets.
BIKES AND BALLS Jedediah Smith Memorial Bike Trail A 32-mile paved path that runs from Discovery Park up to Folsom Lake. 875-6961, www.sacparks.net . Mike’s Bikes Summer rentals and local biking information. 1411 I St., 446-2453, mikesbikes.com . Raley Field Fan-friendly, 14,014-seat home of baseball’s Sacramento River Cats. 400 Ballpark Dr., West Sacramento, 371-4487, raleyfield.com .
SHOPPING Gallery of the American West Museum-quality American Indian objects such as a 1910 basket from Alaska’s Attu Island made of finely woven silk and delicate sea grass, plus vintage silver-and-turquoise rings starting at $50. 121 K St., 446-6662, gallerywest.com . Sock City Some 5,000 styles of socks, from cowhide-patterned classics to fuzzy purple tubes with toes. 1009 Second St., 440-1559, funsockcity.com .
EATS Pearl on the River A sleek, glass-walled space serving fresh, tasty fare such as salmon with papaya salsa. 1379 Garden Hwy., 567-3275, pearlontheriver.com . Rio City Café Dinner, lunch, and brunch (try the Frangelico French toast) dished up in an airy dining room or at riverside tables outdoors. 1110 Front St., 442-8226, riocitycafe.com .
SLEEPS Delta King From $89 for AAA members. A floating boutique hotel. 1000 Front St., 444-5464, deltaking.com . Embassy Suites From $139 for AAA members. City vistas and river views; breakfast included. 100 Capitol Mall, (800) 362-2779, sacramento.embassysuites.com .
HAPPENINGS Pacific Rim Street Fest May 23. A cultural fete of art, food, and entertainment. Old Sacramento, 451-6200, pacificrimstreetfest.com . Sacramento Jazz Festival May 28–31. More than 50 traditional jazz acts in multiple venues. 372-5277, sacjazz.com . Gold Rush Days Sept. 3–6. Historical reenactments, Wild West gunfights, and do-it- yourself gold panning on streets covered with 200 tons of dirt. Old Sacramento, 808-7777, sacramentogoldrushdays.com .
Photography Gino Creglia /courtesy Sacramento CVB
This article was first published in May 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.