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Sacramento on the River

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.

Tower Bridge, with its iconic 160-foot towers, links West Sacramento to the capital.
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Tower Bridge, with its iconic 160-foot towers, links West Sacramento to the capital.

Except as noted, area code is 916 and locations are in Sacramento.

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, Hornblower Historic River Tours Hour-long boat cruises up and down the waterfront. 1206 Front St., (888) 467-6256, 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.

Jedediah Smith Memorial Bike Trail A 32-mile paved path that runs from Discovery Park up to Folsom Lake. 875-6961, Mike’s Bikes Summer rentals and local biking information. 1411 I St., 446-2453, Raley Field Fan-friendly, 14,014-seat home of baseball’s Sacramento River Cats. 400 Ballpark Dr., West Sacramento, 371-4487,

California Tees Custom T-shirts as well as aprons, mouse pads, and more. 1115 Front St., #10, 443-2122, Sock City Some 5,000 styles of socks, from cowhide-patterned classics to fuzzy purple tubes with toes. 1009 Second St., 440-1559,

Pearl on the River A sleek, glass-walled space serving fresh, tasty fare such as salmon with papaya salsa. 1379 Garden Hwy., 567-3275, 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,

Delta King Floating boutique hotel. 1000 Front St., 444-5464, Embassy Suites City vistas and river views; breakfast included. 100 Capitol Mall, (800) 362-2779,

Pacific Rim Street Fest May 23. A cultural fete of art, food, and entertainment. Old Sacramento, 451-6200, Sacramento Jazz Festival May 28–31. More than 50 traditional jazz acts in multiple venues. 372-5277, 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,

Photography Gino Creglia/courtesy Sacramento CVB



This article was first published in May 2010 and updated in September 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.