Summer is finally here! The kids are out of school, and backyard barbecues are taking place all over the nation. After the year we had in 2020, and most people haven chosen not to take a vacation, you can almost rest assured that families will be out in full force this year.
With this in mind, we thought we would offer a few great vacation ideas to help you plan, as well as some places that would be great for just a few days away. We all need time to recharge and some well-deserved play in the sunshine.
Here are some of the best places to check out this summer!
California State Railroad Museum
125 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
The California State Railroad Museum is a museum interpreting the role of the “iron horse” in connecting California to the rest of the nation. The Museum features 21 restored locomotives and railroad cars, some dating back to 1862. The “Sierra Scene” shows a large-scale mockup of a construction scene high in the Sierra Nevada representing Donner Pass circa 1867, featuring the locomotive Gov. Stanford. Other exhibits show how the influence of railroads changed American society, influencing travel, commerce, and daily life, as well as the lives of railroaders and the diversity of people who work on railroads. Changing exhibits featuring photography, ephemera, and artifacts from the Museum’s collection, add depth and incidental information to the overall story of railroad history. The Museum has an extensive educational program for elementary students from across the region to help them learn about railroad history using re-enactments, costumed docents, and including train and handcar rides.
California State Capitol Museum
1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
The California State Capitol is the seat of the California government, located in Sacramento, the capital of California. The Capitol building serves as both a museum and the state’s working seat of government. The building houses the chambers of the California State Legislature, made up of the California State Assembly and the California State Senate, along with the office of the Governor of California. Visitors to the Capitol can at once experience California’s rich history and witness the making of history through the modern lawmaking process. Discover the architecture, history, and development of the California State Capitol from its initial formation 150 years ago to the modern-day.
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
Sutter’s Fort was a 19th-century agricultural and trade colony in the Mexican Alta California province. The site of the Fort was established in 1839 and originally called New Helvetia by its builder John Sutter, though construction of the fort proper wouldn’t begin until 1841. The Fort was the first non-Indigenous community in the California Central Valley. The Fort is famous for its association with the Donner Party, the California Gold Rush, and the formation of the city of Sacramento surrounding the Fort. It is notable for its proximity to the end of the California Trail and Siskiyou Trails, which it served as a waystation.
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